Rethinking the Role of the Council on Environmental Quality in the Transition to a Clean Energy Economy
Since it was established in 1970 by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has worked within the Executive Office of the President to advance a national environmental policy through environmental impact assessment. Following the 2020 revisions to CEQ's NEPA regulations, the first comprehensive revisions to its regulations in 40 years, CEQ is undertaking a phased reassessment of those revisions in order to better align the regulations with CEQ's extensive experience implementing NEPA, in particular its perspective on how NEPA can best inform agency decision making, as well as longstanding Federal agency experience and practice, NEPA's statutory text and purpose - including making decisions informed by science, and case law interpreting NEPA's requirements.
Edward (Ted) Boling served as the country's top National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) attorney as an associate director at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Executive Office of the President. His experience includes deep involvement in federal infrastructure permitting issues and the first comprehensive revision of CEQ's NEPA regulations in 40 years. Ted currently advises leaders on transportation and energy development projects, agencies that must hire outside counsel, and the environmental professionals that support them on the development of renewable energy, resource development, transportation, and infrastructure.
Earth Law and Impact Assessments
"Earth law" is an emerging body of law for protecting, restoring, and stabilizing the functional interdependency of Earth's life and life-support systems. In other words, Earth law lets Nature operate naturally. Earth law is both a departure from environmental law and a new context for its extension. It is considered ecocentric law, as opposed to and compared to anthropocentric law. Learn about how this cutting-edge field can influence the future of impact assessment in the US and globally.
Herman Greene is President of the Center for Ecozoic Studies, in addition to being a corporate, tax, and securities lawyer. He holds degrees in Spirituality and Sustainability, Law, Ministry, and Political Science.