Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
The mounting challenges associated with climate change, shrinking budgets, and growing populations increasingly call for a more effective and efficient federal landownership adjustment program. Private inholdings and isolated tracts of federal land can pose significant natural resources and management challenges for federal land managers, and changing habitats and communities will require more robust and forward-looking land adjustment responses. Land exchanges have long been the primary landownership adjustment tool for the federal land management agencies, but the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service’s land exchange programs have withered due to budget cuts and increased scrutiny.
From the birth of the environmental movement in the 1960s, and through its growth over the last several decades, environmental marketing has never been far behind. Since at least as early as the 1970s, advertisers and marketers have sought to capitalize on consumer concerns about the environment by touting environmentally friendly aspects of products, services, and business practices. This is no surprise, as the group of consumers whose purchasing decisions are influenced by the environmental impact of the products and services they buy has grown to become a large constituency.
Shedding Light: The Role of Public Utility Commissions in Encouraging Adoption of Energy Efficient Lighting by Low-income Households
In the United States, increasing residential lighting efficiency is a cost-effective, though underused, method of addressing high energy prices, energy security and independence, air pollution, and climate change. Despite programs that encourage residential adoption of energy efficient light bulbs, adoption rates have been low; the majority of residential lighting continues to be supplied by the standard incandescent even though lighting alternatives like compact fluorescent lights (“CFL”) are 75% more energy efficient. This Note argues that present programs should be more narrowly applied to reach an untapped population that would greatly benefit from efficient lighting: low-income households.
Blowing Smoke: Why the Current Government Incentive Regime Makes EVs and PHEVs a Distant Prospect—and How to Fix It
An entire generation has greeted the arrival of plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (“PHEVs”) with eager anticipation. However, the rise of a trend does not necessarily imply that spending habits will change—much less in a permanent way. The ambiguous prospects for popular PHEV and electric vehicle (“EV”) adoption demands discussion of what may keep them out of driveways, and how to overcome those barriers.