Changing the climate of environmental law

first_imgAfter the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the ensuing reorganization of the Department of the Interior, Frances Ulmer, a member of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, turned to Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.She asked the clinic to recommend best practices for regulating offshore drilling. “I leapt at the opportunity,” says Wendy B. Jacobs ’81, clinical professor of law and director of the clinic, who chooses complex projects that will challenge her students and provide opportunities to present their work to high-level officials – opportunities they would get nowhere else. “It was timely, and presented a novel and critically important set of issues.”In a single semester, three students under Jacobs’ direction analyzed 40 regulatory regimes and traveled to Washington, D.C., to present recommendations to the Department of the Interior and congressional staffers. They did such a remarkable job that last year, the clinic was asked to consider ways to predict whether companies proposing to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic would do so safely and in an environmentally protective way. A new group of students worked with Jacobs to develop such a set of indicators. Their report, released in December, suggests ways to protect the environment from the impact of routine drilling as well as major oil spills, and is currently being circulated among legislators and regulators. Read Full Storylast_img read more

New faces join County Golf Partnerships

first_img There are two new faces behind the drive to get more people playing and staying in golf.Elaine Barrow has just become the Dorset Golf Partnership’s County Development Officer, while Tom Freeland has taken on the same role for the newly-formed Yorkshire Golf Partnership.They will both be working with golf clubs and facilities across their counties to help more people take up the sport and move on into golf club membership.Among the initiatives they will promote is the Get into golf campaign, which is run through the national network of County Golf Partnerships. It aims to inspire more people to play the sport by offering great value coaching with PGA professionals.Both Tom and Elaine share a passion for the sport. “I just love golf,” said Elaine (image © Leaderboard Photography). “I think it’s a great way of socialising, exercising and enjoying fantastic scenery – you’ve got everything in one package.”Elaine plays her golf in Hampshire, where she is a five-handicap member at Brokenhurst Manor. She has been ladies’ captain and a member of both the ladies’ committee and the board of directors at her club. She’s also been the junior organiser for the Hampshire ladies and been much involved with the development of girl golfers in the county.Her daughters, Laura, 19, and Charlotte, 17, are both single-figure players – and Charlotte has just helped Hampshire to win the English women’s county championship.Elaine takes over from Dee Wood, who is retiring after three years to spend more time with her six grandchildren. However, Dee will continue to run the Dorset Tour which encourages novice golfers to get out and play.Tom brings an extensive background in sports coaching and business development to his new role, having coached six national swimmers and worked to encourage more people to take up swimming.He says: “I am delighted to be in a position where I can inspire people to play the game of golf.“It is a great way of meeting new people and getting regular exercise in beautiful surroundings, as well as giving families the opportunity to spend time with each other in a fun and enjoyable way.“I learnt to play golf when I was seven when my dad let me have a go of a golf club at the driving range and I become hooked and pleaded for lessons! I believe golf is a sport that helps develop excellent life skills. It can also be played and enjoyed for life.”Click here to find out more about the Get into golf campaign 23 Oct 2014 New faces join County Golf Partnerships last_img read more