9 - 10:30 am
The 2023 J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law SymposiumConserving Our Nation’s Biodiversity: Progress, Obstacles, and Solutions for America’s 30 by 30 Initiatives
Please join The George Washington University Law School's Environmental and Energy Law Program as they host their annual Shapiro Symposium in Washington, DC, organized this year with the Environmental Law Institute, the University of Oregon Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, and Wildlands Network. The symposium will focus on how to advance our nation's environmental laws and policies to set aside 30 percent of our nation's lands and waters by the year 2030 (based on the Biden Administration's America the Beautiful initiative and other local 30 by 30 initiatives).
Attendees will hear from state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, legal scholars, and authors who have been spearheading 30 by 30 efforts. These leaders in their respective fields will assess the successes and obstacles encountered while implementing 30 by 30, and address some potential opportunities to enhance 30 by 30-type initiatives in the United States and internationally.
Attendees will also participate in workshops designed to identify areas for further research concerning how to promote the implementation of the Biden administration's America the Beautiful initiative and other important 30 by 30-related initiatives at the local level.
The 2023 Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Scholarship will also be presented to the best paper on environmental law written by a GW Law student during the 2022 calendar year.
- April 6
8:30 - 8:45 amContinental Breakfast and coffee available
State of the Agencies Panel on the Biden Administration's America the Beautiful Initiative
Moderator: Katie Davis, Executive Director for Wildlands Network
10:30 - 10:45 amCoffee Break12:15 - 1 pm1 - 1:45 pmLunchKeynote Speaker - Tony Hiss
- Martha Williams, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
- Nada Culver, Principal Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management
- Stephenne Harding, Senior Director for Lands at the White House Council on Environmental Quality
- Janet Coit, Assistant Administrator at NOAA Fisheries
- April 7
9:30 - 10 am
10 - 10:30 am
Coffee Available Prior to Workshop
A Special Presentation on the High Seas Biodiversity Treaty and its Relation to the International 30 by 30 Movement
Presented by Lydia Solobodian, Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program at Georgetown Law10:30 am - Noon
Academic Workshop on Addressing the Missing Pieces of 30 by 30
Attendees work together to identify needed law and policy changes, or identify existing, but under-utilized laws that can help overcome the legal roadblocks encountered during 30 by 30 and America the Beautiful implementation.
1 - 1:15 pm
The 2023 Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Scholarship - Presented by Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew and Professor Robert L. Glicksman1:15 - 3 pmLive-stream Report Out
- Ron Sutherland, Ph. D., Chief Scientist at Wildlands Network, will present on the need for 30 by 30 and 50 by 50 policies to support biodiversity
- Professor Robert L. Glicksman will provide a brief overview on how far 30 by 30 policies have come to date, and what legal roadblocks have been identified during this symposium
- Select participants in the Academic Workshops will report on the implementation issues identified and the areas of law identified that may help resolve 30 by 30 roadblocks with further research
- Discussion and Q&A
For additional reading on 30 by 30 and the America the Beautiful initiative, please explore the following resources cultivated by the Shapiro Symposium planning committee.
- What is the '30 by 30' goal - and can it save global biodiversity?
- President Biden's Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, announcing a US 30 by 30 goal
- The Biden-Harris administration's America the Beautiful Initiative
- State 30 by 30 Initiatives
- Governor Newsom's Nature-based Solutions Executive Order Committing to a State 30 by 30 goal
- California's Pathways to 30 by 30 Plan
- New York passes 30 by 30 legislation
- New Mexico's 30 by 30 Framework
- Hawaii's Holomua Marine 30 by 30
- Nevada's 30 by 30 Resolution
- Maine's Climate Action Plan with 30 by 30 goal
- Legal Scholarship on 30 by 30
- A Critical 21st Century Role for Public Land Management: Conserving 30% of the Nation's Lands and Waters Beyond 2030 - Robert L. Glicksman, George Washington University Law School and Sandra B. Zellmer, University of Montana - Alexander Blewett III School of Law
- Finding Logic Models for Sustainable Marine Development that Deliver on Social Equity - Yoshitaka Ota, University of Washington; Gerald G. Singh, University of Victoria; Timothy Clark, Catawba College; Marleen S. Schutter, Worldfish, Wilf Swartz, Dalhousie University; and Andrés M. Cisneros-Montemayor, Simon Fraser University.
- Charting a Course to Conserve 30% of Freshwaters by 2030 - Sandra B. Zellmer, University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law.
- 30 By 30, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and Tribal Cultural Lands - Michael C. Blumm, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School and Gregory A. Allen, Law Student from Lewis & Clark Law School.
- Federal Grazing Lands as "Conservation Lands" In the 30 by 30 Program - Michael C. Blumm, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School and Kacey Hovden and Gregory A. Allen, Law students from Lewis & Clark Law School.