EDR's CEO, Chris Aronson, and our product team will introduce product improvements that change the fundamentals of data review, empowering you to do you best work faster.
• Property Boundaries on your Historical Sources, to quickly locate your target property boundary on your aerial photos, topos, and Sanborn® Maps.
• Improved EDR Lightbox®, newly updated and streamlined, with superior content and an intuitive interface.
• Coming this Summer: Property-Based Geocoding
Join us as we present our most exciting products advancements ever. This 1-hour session will help ensure you and your team make the most of these exciting new features.
Whether you are new to the environmental due diligence field or a seasoned veteran, this webinar offers something for you. EDR Insight is honored to bring you the expertise of Grady Shields, an attorney with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP. Shields brings over 30 years of experience practicing environmental law, assisting clients with environmental due diligence and transactions, and counseling lenders on environmental issues.
At this webinar, Shields will share his insights on seven important issues impacting environmental due diligence in commercial real estate lending. This timely event will cover some of the latest environmental risks, like vapor migration, being pushed to the forefront, new emphasis on risk management tools like environmental insurance, the intense pressure on lenders by regulators and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to get some free advice from a trusted voice in environmental risk management.
Who Should Attend:
-Risk managers and loan officers at community banks
-Risk managers at national banks, looking for a quick refresher and update
-Environmental due diligence professionals serving lenders
Those attending should come away with a better grasp of:
-the need for pre-loan diligence, including diligence beyond the real property at issue
-the use and appropriate terms of borrower environmental indemnification agreements
-using both Pollution Legal Liability and Lender Environmental Liability coverage to limit lender risk
-how to maximize value, while minimizing lender risk, in default situations
-trends being driven by the regulators.
Project Managers (PMs) are the key to a professional services firm's success. Yet many firms promote technical people into roles they are not prepared or ready for. As a result, project profitability suffers and there is frustration at every level of the organization. By enabling project managers, through financial and systems training, automation, and accountability measures, the firm's profit margins can increase substantially.
In this webinar, attendees will be able to:
-Evaluate the challenges that cause many Project Managers to struggle with project profitability
-Understand the reasons that projects go over budget
-Review the financial aspects of project management that Project Managers need to know to be successful
-Learn how technology can help Project Managers deliver more profitable projects
-Develop some best practices to help Project Managers succeed
June R. Jewell, CPA, President AEC Business Solutions
Jewell, a thought leader and expert in AEC firm profitability. has more than 28 years of business management consulting experience, and unsurpassed knowledge of the AEC industry. In addition to this role, she is the original founder and current strategic advisor of Acuity Business Solutions, a Deltek Premier Partner and consulting firm that works with AEC firms to support business profitability through web-based enterprise management technology.
She is the Amazon best-selling author of the book “Find The Lost Dollars: 6 Steps to Increase Profits in Architecture, Engineering and Environmental Firms.” Jewell has built and run a successful consulting practice, and is a highly sought after speaker at industry events and conferences. Her past speaking engagements include AIA, ACEC, SMPS, Design and Construction Network (DCN), Society for Design Administration (SDA), Zweig Group (formerly ZweigWhite), PSMJ, ROG Growth and Ownership Conference, Project Management Institute (PMI), Deltek Insight and Business of Architecture (BOA).
The new Clean Water Rule has significant implications for the way property due diligence will be conducted throughout the U.S. by altering the definitions and categories of jurisdictional waters and wetlands relating to the discharge of dredged/fill material into Waters of the U.S. These changes have the potential to greatly affect anyone involved in property assessments, land use, planning, development or lending.
Attempts to block its implementation made for a dramatic late summer and early fall. Tune into this time-sensitive event to ensure that you don’t miss out on important updates, the timing of the new revisions, and more importantly, how these changes impact the work you do, particularly for properties on or adjacent to waterbodies and wetland areas.
Attendees will benefit from:
· A leading expert’s take on the “what?” and the “why?” behind the changes
· Gaining clarity on who will be impacted
· Learning the specifics on how the new rule redefines “Waters of the U.S.”
· A close look at what you can expect and what you should be telling your clients
· An understanding of the differences between the new rule and existing rule
Don’t be caught off-guard. The new Clean Water Rule impacts the work you are doing today and could drastically impact the work you do tomorrow. Tune in for the latest!
According the US Energy Information Administration, shale gas will provide half of the United States’ domestic gas by 2035. Shale gas is also well developed in Canada and being developed in South America and China. The economic benefits of shale are likely to cause other countries to look at this energy source. But shale gas is extracted by hydraulic fracturing which frees the gas from the tight shale and is different in scale and technique from more traditional ways of extracting oil and gas. What can local people expect from these sorts of operations and what do local planners, environmental engineers and health professionals need to know?
In this webinar, Mike Stephenson will consider five important issues: noise and visual impact, truck traffic, air quality, groundwater contamination and induced earthquakes. He will look at the reasons why they occur, the effects they have, and aspects of their regulation – all explained in simple non-technical language.
Prof. Mike Stephenson is Chief Scientist at the British Geological Survey. He has advised the UK government on shale gas and carbon capture and storage issues, and spoken at parliamentary events including at the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs. He has also contributed to debates at the UK Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering, and the European Parliament.
Tune in for the industry’s only inside look at how the first half of the new year shaped up. In this complimentary web event, Dianne Crocker will share the latest stats from EDR’s ScoreKeeper service on how the property due diligence market looks at mid-year—as well as what your forecast for the second half will look like. Attendees of this 60-minute webinar will learn:
• The strength of commercial real estate investment and lending activity
• ScoreKeeper’s barometers of regional, state and metro hot spots for Phase I ESA volume
• Key forces driving demand for due diligence this year
• Changes in risk tolerance from the user community
• EDR Insight’s near-term forecast for environmental due diligence
Following decades of studies, scrutiny and debate, the U.S. EPA updated its TCE’s toxicity profile in the IRIS database, dramatically lowering the toxicity value. For transactional due diligence, this more stringent limit has important implications, including markedly more extensive and expensive cleanup processes. Given the focus on vapor migration in the new ASTM Phase I ESA standard, environmental professionals need to be increasingly cautious when making REC determinations and recommendations to clients.
Adding to the confusion is the significant variability in how regulators are using the updated TCE toxicity profile when making closure decisions at contaminated properties. For instance, U.S. EPA Regions 9, 10 and states like Minnesota, Indiana and Massachusetts (among others) have implemented profoundly different approaches to address TCE risk at contaminated sites. Thus, it is critical for environmental professionals to stay abreast of the how TCE guidance is being interpreted and applied across the country. In the latest development, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry is proposing a dramatic change to its TCE toxicity profile for the first time in 18 years. The comment period ended on March 16, 2015, and if the update is finalized in its current form, there will be more intense scrutiny on exposure risks which will further complicate transactional due diligence.
This timely webinar will bring together an attorney and a national subject matter expert to address the various impacts of TCE’s toxicity update on transactional due diligence. This panel will help EPs answer the following questions:
-Does TCE in groundwater constitute a VEC and/or a REC?
-How should an EP manage variability in TCE standards in multi-state transactions?
-How can an EP take steps to minimize exposure to potential liability?
-How can an EP make sense of the science and available guidance?
-How should an EP communicate potential risks associated with TCE to clients?
Commercial real estate markets continue their slow recovery. As demand for loans intensifies, regulatory compliance is top of mind for financial institutions. Bank regulators are exercising strict oversight over all types of bank underwriting, including commercial appraisals. This webinar will address head-on the challenges that institutions face in meeting the latest guidance impacting the appraisal function, and what risk managers can and should be doing to survive an appraisal compliance audit.
Attendees will receive answers to these important questions:
• What do current guidance/regulations require of banks related to appraisals and how has that changed?
• What specific things are bank examiners looking for in an appraisal compliance audit?
• Are you doing everything you can to prepare your institution for the scrutiny of examiners before an audit? During an audit? After an audit?
• What are the latest best practices that banks should include today in their appraisal policies to protect themselves during this stage of market recovery?
EDR Insight is fortunate to have Mitch Kreeger for this timely event. Kreeger is a well-known Subject Matter Expert (SME) on various valuation, environmental and seismic risk, and regulatory compliance topics by peers nationwide. Currently, Kreeger is Chief Appraiser and Principal Consultant at Kreeger Consulting, a private appraisal/environmental/seismic risk consulting services firm that offers commercial appraisal reviews, outsourced Chief Appraiser duties, and advisory services to lenders on regulatory compliance, efficient appraisal/environmental risk functions, and effective policy updates.
• Primary: Risk managers at financial institutions, particularly at community bank level
• Secondary: Commercial appraisers
Exposure to professional liability ranks high on the list of any environmental professional’s concerns. In this webinar, industry veteran Anthony Buonicore will present five carefully-selected case studies where an EP was sued, highlighting how costly litigation could have been avoided. Attendees of this webinar will come away with steps that can be taken to minimize professional liability exposure when:
• Submitting a Phase I ESA proposal
• Conducting a Phase I ESA
• Writing the Phase I ESA report
With risk management in the spotlight, environmental risk management policies are more important than ever. Environmental insurance options have evolved to offer lenders proven ways to manage risk as commercial loan originations increase in the second act of market recovery. Join us for this webinar as seasoned insiders share their insight into how insurance policies can effectively manage risk exposure. Attendees will also learn how environmental insurance can be applied to lending practices based on real world examples of claims scenarios.
Benefits to attendees:
• Background on the latest tools available to help lenders protect collateral on real estate loans or investments.
• The know-how to avoid an embarrassing loss on loan portfolios due to environmental issues.
• The latest intel on how lender environmental insurance can help lenders make more loans.
• Risk managers at community banks
• Risk managers at national/international banks looking for a refresher
• Credit managers and chief credit officers
• Environmental due diligence professionals serving lenders
• Insurance professionals
Emilie Mazzacurati, Chris Busch, Nicholas Bianco & Neal Dikeman
Join this panel of industry experts as they discuss recent and imperitive Climate Change Policies and Developments:
- Emilie Mazzacurati, Manager, Carbon Market Research North America, Point Carbon
- Chris Busch, Policy Director, Center for Resource Solutions
- Nicholas Bianco, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
- Neal Dikeman, Jane Capital Partners
California – often a bellwether of regulations to come - passed AB 1879 (Feuer) and SB 509 (Simitian) in 2008, setting in place some recommendations of California’s Green Chemistry Initiative. There are discussions of reauthorizing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), incorporating some practices of the European Union’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals). This presentation will cover California’s Green Chemistry initiative, new and proposed regulatory requirements.
Paul Sheridan, Partner & Head of Environment Law Group, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
This talk will examine the pervasive nature of the current explosion in environment/sustainability laws; innovative (but little understood) legal, commercial and technical principles embedded in the newest laws; the rise of clean technology; direct and indirect impacts on mature commercial sectors and the professions; the dangers of short term and narrowly focused thinking; the scope of opportunities and the latency of risk.
Paul Sheridan, Partner, is head of the environment law group of CMS Cameron McKenna LLP. He also heads up the firm’s cleantech group. This group is objectively recognised as one of the leading environment law practices in the UK and EU. Paul is recognised in the legal directories as a leader in this field in the UK, EU and Internationally. He has advised numerous domestic and multi-national clients on all aspects of environment law in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is well versed on the latent and patent impacts of, and enormous opportunities arising from, the current and pervasive phase of environment laws which is leading towards fundamental changes in the way we do business.
As cap-and-trade legislation is working its way through the U.S. Congress, maintaining the legislation's underlying environmental credibility while mitigating unreasonable economic hardships will be essential for a successful outcome. The use of offsets (i.e., project based greenhouse gas emission reductions from non-capped sources) will play a central role in achieving these dual objectives as part of the overall legislative scheme.
You will hear details of how offsets are contemplated to be used within the U.S. legislative scheme; explore their history and future in international climate change policy; and how they are likely to effect your business and industry.
E. Donald Elliott and Ari G. Altman, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
According to the foreword to a recent report by the Environmental Defense Fund, “regulating the temperature of the planet by adjusting the mix of gases in our atmosphere is the most ambitious undertaking yet attempted by human beings,” and the effects of this effort on many companies “will be profound.” Many public bodies are preparing “adaptation plans” for a reasonable worst case climate change scenario, but private businesses have lagged behind. Even if one does not believe that CO2 and temperature are inextricably linked, businesses will need to adapt to the coming changes in regulation, and possibly to the effects of climate change itself.
This program will discuss the challenges that private companies face in adapting to climate change, including physical exposure, changing prices for energy, water and other inputs, as well as regulatory, reputational, and litigation exposures. The program will then outline steps that some leading companies can take to plan for and address these challenges and to identify strategic and market opportunities.
E. Donald Elliott is a partner and chair of the Environment, Health and Safety Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. He is also Professor (Adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He is the leading expert in private practice on disclosure and adaptation to climate change issues. Elliott was Assistant Administrator and General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Mr. Elliott holds degrees from Yale College and Yale Law School.
Ari G. Altman is an Associate in the Environment, Health and Safety Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Mr. Altman received a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, an M.A. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and an A.B. from Princeton University.
Kjell Olav Kristiansen, Director Advisory Services, Point Carbon
The presentation will focus on the design of market based solutions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and will emphasize the advantages and experiences of Cap-and-trade as a climate change policy instrument.
Point Carbon is a world-leading provider of independent news, analysis and consulting services for European and global power, gas and carbon markets. Point Carbon’s comprehensive services provide professionals with market-moving information through monitoring fundamental information, key market players and business and policy developments.
Sky Stanfield, Attorney at Law, Farella Braun + Martel LLP
MCLE application pending.
State and national legislation to address climate change is significantly altering the land use patterns in our nation's cities and rural areas. This talk will cover some of the major shifts that climate change legislation will have on the type of development that will be permitted and/or encouraged and will also touch on the new procedures and hurdles that landowners and developers will likely encounter in seeking project approval. Examples will be given from the implementation California's recent legislation, and we will also examine initiatives in other states and predict how the upcoming national effort could further impact the landscape.
California has taken the lead on Climate Change policies with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. This Air Resources Board recently published its blue print with a dizzying array of forthcoming policies and regulations that will influence state and federal laws and policies on Climate Change for years to come. This talk will address these regulatory strategies which range from alternative energy, industrial emissions, green building, and mandatory carbon inventories.