Natural Resources & Environmental Law Society
As Environmental and Natural Resources law continues to grow in prominence and popularity, the NRELS will continue to serve, educate, and provide information to law students regarding these important fields. NRELS sponsors several guest speakers throughout the year to provide its members, and all students, with topical and balanced information regarding legal and political issues of local, national, and global importance. NRELS is a proud sponsor of the NRELS Moot Court competition generally held early in the Spring Semester. NRELS also sponsors field trips to local areas of environmental significance.
President: Gracen Short
Vice-President: Ed La Mair
Treasurer: Travis Parker
Secretary: AJ Gwirtsman
Volunteer Coordinator: Arthur Sayer
Earth Week Coordinator / Moot Court Coordinator: Emily Griffin
Board Member at Large: Lindsey Ratcliff
- ABA Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
- Animal Rights Law Center of Rutgers Law School — site includes news, articles, and other materials relating to animal rights
- Mesothelioma and Asbestos News — Asbestos News provides news and information about asbestos exposure, mesothelioma cancer, and the legal rights of mesothelioma victims.
- ATSDR’s Public Health Statements — search ATSDR’s public health statements, “brief summaries of information on specific toxic substances. Each summary focuses on the effects to human health from exposure to a toxic substance”
- CANCERLIT — CANCERLIT is a database of citations and abstracts covering all aspects of cancer research: causes, therapy, carcinogenicity, etc. This gopher site presents the most recent 6 months of citations and abstracts in two formats: arranged by broad topic (i.e. endocrine cancers, neurologic cancers) or as a searchable index. A search on the term “lung” returned a number of references addressing environmental and occupational hazards relating to lung cancer.
- CEC — The Commission for Environmental Cooperation was established by Canada, Mexico and the United States in 1994 to address transboundary environmental concerns in North America. While the idea to create such a commission originated during the negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), it derives its formal mandate from the North American Agreement for Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The Agreement (NAAEC) builds upon, and complements the environmental provisions established in NAFTA. It creates a North American framework whereby trade and environment-related goals can be pursued in an open and cooperative way.
- Chemical Fact Sheets — These Chemical Fact Sheets are produced by the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics to provide a brief summary of information on selected chemicals. The Fact Sheets cover each chemical’s identity, production and use, environmental fate, and health and environmental effects. They also include a list of laws under which the chemical is regulated, phone numbers, and the names of the EPA offices and other Agencies one can call or contact for more information. Each Fact Sheet is also accompanied by a Chemical Summary, a technical support document that provides detailed technical information on the chemical named in the Fact Sheets.
- Earth Times — The Earth Times on line edition.
- EcoNet — Econet is a nonprofit organization with links to many of the environmental organizations and resources available on the Internet.
- EcoTrust — Ecotrust is committed to developing new strategies for conservation by helping local communities build new economies based on protecting their environment. They offer a “clickable” imagemap of the Coastal Temperate Rainforest bioregion that identifies communities where they sponsor projects.
- EDF — The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
- Envirobiz — Envirobiz is an international environmental information network offering directories of environmental services, products and technology, state agencies, and associations. Select the “directories” link to search databases of over 7,000 environmental service providers.
- Envirolink — Envirolink is a network “started to provide a central location for ALL environmental information that exists on-line, plus as much information that can be gathered from other sources.” Valuable resource to locate information on environmental issues and action by the non-profit community.
- Environmental Ethics Journal — Environmental Ethics Journal is “[a]n interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the philosophical aspects of environmental problems.”
- Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School
- Environmental Organizations — The self-proclaimed “Amazing Environmental Organization Web Directory” offers links to environmental and other greenish resources on the Internet. The resources are divided by subject matter (e.g., forestry, pollution, vegetarianism).
- Environmental Working Group — The Environmental Working Group offers drinking water, pesticide and other environmental information plus various environmental, political, and economic data for each state.
- Extoxnet — Extoxnet provides a great deal of information on Pesticides and Toxics — searchable fact sheets, pesticide information profiles, and more.
- GNEST — The Global Network of Environment Science & Technology (GNEST) offers links to information, people, and resources that make up the environment and technology community.
- Greenpeace — Greenpeace’s Web Page
- Hannon Law Firm — Environmental law, plaintiff’s attorney in toxic tort cases
- ICE House at UC Davis — The Information Center For the Environment (ICE House). “ICE is a cooperative effort of an interdepartmental team of environmental scientists at the University of California, Davis and collaborators at over thirty private, state, federal, and international environmental organizations.” Contains a great deal of experimental and provisional information, but the link to the California Rivers Assessment (CARA) is helpful and should give you an idea of how GIS analyses can be used.
- Industrial Pollution Projection System — The World Bank’s Industrial Pollution Projection System (IPPS), a modeling system that provides a means for projecting industrial pollution for geographic areas or projects, is available via the World Wide Web. The system was developed to assist environmental and industrial professionals, particularly those working with developing countries which rarely possess data regarding their own pollution, estimate pollution outputs based on the level of industrial activity, sectoral composition, and process technologies. This website offers both the executive summary and the full-text of the research report, and access to the datasets in both ASCII and Lotus spreadsheet format. Numerous tables and figures are included in the research report. The data contained in the datasets cover approximately 200,000 facilities in the U.S., 1,500 product categories, all operating technologies, and hundreds of pollutants.
- ISO 14000 — ISO 14000 is the International environmental management standard. The ISO 1400 infocenter offers information on ISO 14000 and links to related resources.
- Land Trusts — Land Trusts is a comprehensive site offering information on land trusts.
- LawSite — The Michigan Environmental Law Site LawSite is a law firm Web Page Set offering information relating to Michigan Environmental Law and environmental law in general.
- Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
- MSDS — Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) at Oxford.
- NCTR — The National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) is an FDA research facility …. The mission of NCTR is to conduct peer-reviewed scientific research that underpins and anticipates FDA’s current and future regulatory needs. This involves fundamental research specifically designed to understand and define the biological methods of action underlying the toxicity of products regulated by FDA, to evaluate genetic aberrations, birth defects, cancer and/or biochemical alterations in animals, and to develop methods to improve FDA’s assessment of human exposure and risk.
- National Audubon Society
- National Library for the Environment — The National Library for the Environment is operated by the Center for the National Institute of the Environment. The library will consist of three on-line components: Congressional Research Service Reports, an encyclopedia of the environment, and in-depth environmental Issues. Currently, over 100 congressional reports are available and arranged by a subject index. A searchbale title index is also available.
- National Wetlands Inventory
- Nature Magazine
- National Resources Defense Council
- Preserve/Net — Preserve/Net Law Service is designed to aide lawyers, activists and owners in understanding the law as it relates to preservation. PLS will provide hypertext versions of federal and state legislation, full transcripts of important court cases and analysis of the law from a variety of sources.
- Rainforest Action Network
- Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation — A non-profit legal organization dedicated to the study of the legal systems and issues affecting mineral and water resources. Includes links of sites of interest to natural resources professionals and master calendar of natural resources conferences.
- SIC Codes — Searchable version of the 1987 version of the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes.
- The Sierra Club
- Society of Environmental Journalists — The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) offers links to environmental resources broken down by subject. The SEJ also offers back issues of the SEJournal.
- Solstice The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) — offers Solstice, the site to locate information on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable technology information.
- Water Environment Federation — The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is an international educational and technical organization of water quality experts dedicated to protecting the global water environment. … WEF’s representatives comment on environmental regulations and legislation, and provide expertise on such issues as nonpoint source pollution, hazardous waste, and groundwater contamination. This site includes a series of news updates highlighting recent policy and legislative developments, as well as a searchable ‘bookstore’ of water-related titles and several WEF-sponsored periodicals.
- Water Quality Association — The Water Quality Association (WQA) is a not-for-profit international trade association representing the water treatment industry, which provides quality water for specific uses in residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional establishments. The purpose of the WQA is to promote the individual right to quality water, to educate water quality professionals, and to promote the growth of the water quality improvement industry.
- WaterWiser — Waterwiser is a resource for water efficiency and water conservation information. WaterWiser is a cooperative project of the American Water Works Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- WetLand Regulation Center — information on laws, policies and regulations concerning activities regulated under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act in waters of the United States, including wetlands.
- World Wildlife Fund