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Message from the Chair:

It is hard to believe that summer is almost over and we are quickly coming up on the Annual Meeting. As the new 2015 chair, I want to extend a warm welcome to the wonderful committee members who make up the Environmental and Sustainability Committee. I particularly want to thank Leona Lewis and Terry Thiele for leading this Committee for the past two years. Leona continues to be actively involved in this Committee, including in putting together our first-ever newsletter! 

With Beveridge and Diamond P.C. as our Committee sponsor, we have hosted five exciting Legal Quick Hits and webcasts this year on topics ranging from Conflict Minerals Disclosures, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act developments, to the business impact of new Endangered Species Act listings.

In an in an effort to facilitate local networking, our Committee members attending the Hispanic National Hispanic Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference or working in the San Antonio area joined members of the ACC South Central Texas Chapter, for a reception and dinner in San Antonio, in March 2015, hosted by Beveridge and Diamond. Committee Program Chair, Shirley Edwards, is also working on a San Francisco Bay Area event focusing on water resource management and regulation.  

At this year’s ACC Annual Meeting in Boston, our Committee will be presenting two interactive sessions, one on Responding to Spills, Product Recalls, and Facility Emergencies and the other on an Environmental Toolkit for the Corporate Generalist/Small Law Department.  

I am looking forward to meeting many of you at the Annual Meeting and discussing ways that we can improve the Committee and provide more valuable resources for our members.

Raissa Kirk, 2015 Environmental & Sustainability Committee Chair

Raissa Kirk, is currently Senior Associate General Counsel for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where she manages legal matters related to environmental, health and safety,  as well as commercial real estate, and construction.  
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Upcoming Events

With 100 lawyers in 6 offices across the U.S., all of whom focus on environmental law and litigation, Beveridge & Diamond is proud to support the ACC Environmental & Sustainability Committee.  Beveridge & Diamond lawyers will be speaking at the following upcoming events:

·     AFCOM Data Center World National Harbor Conference, National Harbor, MD, September 20-23, 2015

·     ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 23rd Fall Conference, Chicago, IL, October 28-31, 2015

·     International Council of Shopping Centers U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, Phoenix, AZ, October 28-31, 2015

·     Retail Industry Leaders Association Retail Law Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 28-30, 2015


See article related to July Legal Quick Hit from Beveridge & Diamond

Wildlife Agencies Propose Overhaul of ESA’s Petition Process for Species Listings

Posted on June 1, 2015 by James M. AuslanderW. Parker MooreSara L. Vink


Please contact Firm Principal Dan Krainin (dkrainin@bdlaw.com, 212.702.5417) or the Firm’s ACC Coordinator Nathan Darling (ndarling@bdlaw.com, 202.789.6142) if we can be of service to you.  Learn more at www.bdlaw.com.
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ACC AM15 Boston Oct. 18-21 Programs

211 - What to Do When You’re The Lawyer in the Room: Responding to Spills, Product Recalls and Facility Emergencies

Presented by the ACC Environmental & Sustainability Committee

Skill Level: Intermediate

This panel will walk through various real-world emergency scenarios and hypotheticals with help from audience members. Organized around three main phases – preparation, immediate response and aftermath – the program will teach you how to anticipate, recognize and respond in accelerated and stressful circumstances to the multifaceted environmental, health and safety legal risks of various emergency situations – particularly when time may not permit a call to outside counsel or other company lawyers.

Cynthia Boeh, Vice President & General Counsel, Misumi USA, Inc.
Carol Deck, Senior Counsel, CalPortland Company
Lynne Durbin, President and General Counsel, InLine LLC
Nancy Kaplan, Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond P.C.

411 - Environmental Toolkit for the Corporate Generalist/Small Law Department: Red Flags and Major Issues

Presented by the ACC Environmental & Sustainability Committee

Skill Level: Basic    

Like the tools you keep in your house for small repairs, this panel will provide practical tips for the in-house generalist who must identify and respond to environmental challenges and advise business leaders cogently while maximizing limited resources. The session will equip you to deal with environmental issues in three principal contexts: transactions – what situations can give rise to environmental liabilities and major environmental issues to consider in contracts, purchases and sales; litigation – causes of action for environmental matters and how to respond to notices of intent to sue, demand letters for compensation for environmental contamination and other situations; and regulation – understanding major US and international regulatory trends and non-governmental organization activity, particularly relating to product stewardship, customer and supply chain issues.

Melissa Allain, Attorney
Robert Barrett, Assistant Corporate Counsel, Degremont Technologies N.A.
Marc Goldstein, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
Richard Sedory, General Counsel, SVP, Wastequip, LLC

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Featured Resources

Water Conservation and Best Practices—15 Important Links:


1.  Water Sense – A U.S. EPA Partnership Program.—Commercial Users of Water:



2.  Water BMPs for Commercial and Institutional Facilities

http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/commercial/docs/factsheets/general_ci_fact_sheet_508.pdf   and see http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/docs/ci_whitepaper.pdf


3.  U.S. Dept of Interior Bureau of Reclamation 2009:  Water and Energy Efficiency Audit Field Guidance Document for Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Customers in Southern California 



4.  The Business Opportunity in Water Conservation:



5.  Water Technology Innovation Funding Opportunities through U.S. EPA:



6.  Water Technology Innovation Blueprint (U.S. EPA 2014):



7.  Water Efficiency Guide For Businesses:



8.  High Performance Building Assessments—Water and Energy Audits:



9.  Water and Energy Efficiency by Industry Sector—case studies and other resources:



10.  Water Use Efficiency Grants in California:



11.  Urban Drought Guidebook:



12.  Water Efficiency for the Beverage Industry:



13.  Water Efficiency for the Health Care Industry:



14.  Water Efficiency for Hotels and Motels:



15.  Water Conservation for Small Business:

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Committee Leadership

Chair, Raissa Kirk, serves as Senior Associate General Counsel for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where she manages legal matters related to environmental, health and safety,  as well as commercial real estate, and construction.  Prior to her current role, Raissa was senior attorney for Baltimore-based Crown Central Petroleum Corporation for twelve years, where she focused on environmental and real estate law. Raissa also served as environmental counsel in Washington D.C. for a trade association representing the mining industry for several years and as an associate at a small hazardous waste litigation firm in Washington D.C.  Raissa graduated from Georgetown University Law Center. She has been an active member of the Baltimore chapter of ACC, serving as a board member from 2003-2014.

Secretary, Christia Landgraf, Counsel - Environmental, Health & Safety at United Airlines, Inc.  In-house counsel with expertise in driving performance improvement in complex, highly regulated business environment. Demonstrated experience in air permitting and compliance, sustainability issues, auditing programs, domestic and international climate change (carbon offsets, emerging legislation, reporting), strategic planning, compliance, and stakeholder engagement. Effective communicator of complex environmental and safety issues to senior management, employees, and regulators.

Program Chair, Shirley R. Edwards, Deputy County Counsel Santa Clara County. For over 20 years, Shirley R. Edwards has served as legal adviser, negotiator, and strategist for both private and public sector clients with a broad range of needs in real estate, product development and marketing, sustainability, regulatory compliance, information technology and data security, disaster response/recovery, and land use. She continues to enjoy her advisory role and has been fortunate enough to have worked for some great clients over the years, including her current client, the County of Santa Clara. Ms. Edwards joined the Office of County Counsel in the summer of 2012 as an in-house deputy counsel advising clients on all aspects of real estate transactions and development, parks and facilities operation and management, fleet services, policy development, contract negotiations, and sustainability projects. In this role, she has assisted her clients with on-going public-private partnerships, solar and alternative energy infrastructure and  funding, and the solicitation and bidding process for service and construction contracts.


Program Chair, Bob Barrett, Assistant Corporate Counsel, Suez Treatment Solutions, Richmond, VA. In his position with Suez Treatment Solutions, an international water and wastewater treatment company, Bob focuses on legal issues relating to municipal and industrial contract review and negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, litigation management, intellectual property, and human resources.

Membership Chair, Jeffrey Hayward, The Valspar Corporation Environmental and Regulatory Counsel. Jeff provides legal consultation on all aspects of global regulatory and environmental compliance at one of the largest paint and coatings companies worldwide. He evaluates compliance status, negotiates regulatory disputes and advises businesses on compliance and enforcement issues for the company.


Chapter Relations Chair, Vincent M. Gonzales is Senior Environmental Counsel for Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy Utility.  He provides environmental legal advice to the Company, focusing on air quality, water quality, hazardous materials, and climate change issues, among others.

Previously, Mr. Gonzales was in-house counsel for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), now operating as BP America.  In addition to environmental law, Mr. Gonzales provided counsel to the various ARCO companies in the areas of commercial law, real estate law, and maritime law.  Before ARCO, he was a corporate and banking associate for O'Melveny & Myers.

Mr. Gonzales was a recent member of the International Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) with over 40,000 in-house counsel members in 90 countries.  He once chaired ACC’s Energy Committee, Environmental & Sustainability Committee, and Council of Committees.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of the ACC (ACC-SoCal), where, in 2005, he served as ACC-SoCal’s President.

Mr. Gonzales is on the Board of Directors of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Center, serving as its Treasurer.  He is a member and former president of the Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) of Los Angeles.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee (having been the Chair) of the Environmental Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA).  Mr. Gonzales is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Southwest Division of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where he currently serves as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for ADL’s Asian-Jewish Initiative.
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Committee Mission

The Environmental & Sustainability Committee shall enhance the ability of ACC members to practice environmental law and to provide support for the development of related programs within their client companies for both operations and products, including aspects of sustainable development and health and safety issues related to environmental law. The Committee shall act as a network for its members to further their knowledge and expertise in environmental law, to expand access to resources, and to enhance skills to advise and represent their clients on related matters.
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