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U.S. Department of Energy official to discuss energy justice at conference hosted by UHLC's EENR Center

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Shalanda H. Baker will deliver the keynote address at the University of Houston Law Center's 5th Annual North American Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Conference.

May 10, 2021 - Shalanda H. Baker, the first-ever Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the U.S. Department of Energy, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center's 5th Annual North American Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Conference, which will be held virtually. The conference, "Environmental Social Governance (ESG): Major Mover Towards Sustainable Energy Future," will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

University of Houston energy, climate law and environmental and social governance (ESG) experts, energy and general counsel and Blake Romes attorneys will examine the current state of ESG movement broadly and within the energy section in North America, anticipate what can be expected going forward, and clarify and define the roles of attorneys in understanding and representing companies in their ESG activities.

Topics will include:

  • Latest public pledges for carbon neutrality and future implications
  • Environmental Risk in Financial Disclosure- Avoiding Liability in the ESG and Biden world
  • Utilizing diversity and inclusion policies to connect the “social” to environment and climate
  • The impact of the USMCA on ESG in North America

Sponsors include Blank Rome, LLP, the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center of the University of Houston Law Center, UH Energy, the Energy Transition Governance and Law Project (funded by the European Union and with the University of Lyon III), the Law Center's Initiative for Global Law and Policy (GLPA), the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico (UNAM), Universidad Tecnologica de Monterrey, and the Universidad Anuhuac.

“I am so excited that GLPA can be a part of this fabulous conference on such an important topic for North American energy and environment, which exemplifies the relevance of local governance strategies in addressing regional and global challenges,” says Professor Trujillo, Founding Director of the UH Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas (GLPA) and will be presenting at the conference.

“We at UH Law have been so excited to welcome Professor Trujillo to the faculty, and the establishment and operation of the Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas is a fantastic development for our school," said Professor Victor Flatt, Co-Director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center. "In particular, there are so many areas in which the strengths of the Global Law and Policy Initiative overlap with our strengths in the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center.  Environment, energy, and climate affect almost all aspects of global law and policy, and EENR’s programs on International Transition of the Energy Industry and our North American conference really benefit from the GLPA’s programs.”

Click here to see the conference agenda and speakers.

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