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    • Webinar Part II: Changes to SBA's Environmental Guidelines
      Webinar Part II: Changes to SBA's Environmental Guidelines James Haberlen Recorded: Oct 19 2017 6:00 pm UTC 31 mins
    • The updated SOP was released by the SBA last Friday.

      EDR is pleased to host Part II of last week’s webcast where we’ll focus exclusively on changes to the environmental guidelines. This 20-minute webinar is a must attend for anyone originating SBA 504 or 7a loans.
      Version J of SOP 50 10 5 represents the agency’s first update to its environmental guidance since 2014 (when it adopted the revised ASTM Phase I E 1527 standard). EDR’s James Haberlen will provide a timely update on what this round of changes mean to the environmental due diligence required on any loans seeking the SBA’s approval.

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    • Vapor Migration Is Identified as a Recognized Environmental Condition: Now What?
      Vapor Migration Is Identified as a Recognized Environmental Condition: Now What? David Gillay, Barnes & Thornburg; John B. Sallman, Terracon; Blayne Hartman, Hartman Environmental Geoscience Recorded: Jun 24 2014 6:00 pm UTC 77 mins
    • Vapor migration is part of the new Phase I environmental site assessment protocol from ASTM, E 1527-13. In December, the US Environmental Protection Agency blessed the new standard as compliant with the federal All Appropriate Inquiries rule, emphasizing the importance of assessing vapor migration risk as a standard part of Phase I ESAs. US EPA went even further in the December preamble and stated that vapor migration has always been a part of conducting AAI. In light of US EPA’s statements and the emphasis that assessing vapor migration is current standard practice for AAI-compliant Phase I ESAs, how is vapor being addressed in the field? If a Phase I ESA report identifies vapor migration as a Recognized Environmental Condition, or REC, what next? In today’s market of intensely short turnaround times for property transactions, is a vapor migration issue a deal killer? What are the current tools and options to investigate a vapor migration REC under transactional time constraints? When should a buyer walk away from a site potentially impacted by vapor migration? When to mitigate? How are environmental due diligence firms establishing consistent processes for recommending “next steps” for clients when vapor migration issues arise?

      This timely webinar will bring together an attorney and two leading technical experts to address head-on the various avenues that firms are taking to assist end users of Phase I ESA reports on how to address vapor migration risk during the deal making process.

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    • Seven Things Informed Lenders Should Know About Environmental Due Diligence
      Seven Things Informed Lenders Should Know About Environmental Due Diligence Grady L. Shields, Attorney, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP Recorded: Apr 13 2016 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    • 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
      -Insurance professionals

      Expected Takeaways

      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.

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    • Environmental Risk: The Threat to Your Balance Sheet
      Environmental Risk: The Threat to Your Balance Sheet Underwriter at XL Group, MD at Environmental Risk Solutions, Principal Specialist at Cunningham Lindsey Recorded: Sep 18 2013 2:00 pm UTC 58 mins
    • Most organisations, even those perceived as low-risk, such as offices, shops, and schools, have significant potential environmental liabilities. Yet most business leaders do not recognise these, or understand the scale of the impact they can have on their bottom line. Even small pollution incidents can give rise to substantial clean-up costs, third party liabilities and legal expenses, often many times the size of the fines.

      In reality, most organisations have environmental liabilities. These may take the form of contractual, reputational and operational exposures. Environmental management systems, and effective maintenance in site infrastructure and monitoring cannot always protect an organisation from all environmental risk. Traditional public liability policies can leave huge gaps in coverage and many organisations are left unknowingly but dangerously exposed.

      So are you actually protected? Register for this live ENDS webinar and find out how you can best protect yourself.

      Tune in for:

      · In-depth analysis, grounded in case studies, of the types of environmental exposures facing businesses

      · Clarity around how specialist environmental insurance can help protect you when things do go wrong

      · Sound advice on effective environmental management, from front-end environmental management to back end environmental insurance solutions

      Speakers:

      Philip Hogg, Underwriter, XL Group
      Shane Herlihy, Managing Director, Environmental Risk Solutions
      Graham Hawkins, Principal Specialist - Environmental, Cunningham Lindsey
      Moderated by James Richens, Senior Writer, The ENDS Report

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    • Reduce Environmental, Health, and Safety Risk With Knovel
      Reduce Environmental, Health, and Safety Risk With Knovel Matteo Caligaris Upcoming: Jun 27 2018 2:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    • In the face of inevitable regulatory changes, engineers must become savvy in their ability to respond to and anticipate change in order to limit product failures due to health, safety, environment and regulatory reasons.

      Striving for EHS excellence and risk reduction requires difficult decisions and trade-offs that need to be backed in data and best practices.

      In this webinar, we will look at how Knovel helped solve EHS and regulatory challenges for companies across industries. The learnings from these case studies can be applied to your own EHS issues.

      Knovel helps companies tackle development and production challenges by providing foundational engineering knowledge, best practices, and interactive data to support EHS risk reduction.

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    • Impact of Environmental Policies on the Steel Industry: EU Showcase
      Impact of Environmental Policies on the Steel Industry: EU Showcase Roman Kucinskij Recorded: Jan 28 2016 2:00 pm UTC 34 mins
    • The cost implications of environmental legal framework remain increasingly acute for global steelmakers in the light of tightening regulations. EU steel industry was the first to face additional legally imposed costs.

      In 2016, EU carbon market is forecasted to turn into deficit for first time because of reduction in the number of free allocations. Coupled with sliding steel prices amid exuberant cheaper steel supply from China, it is expected to result in EU steel makers potentially struggling to absorb the new costs in the light of thinning margins.

      In this webcast Roman Kucinskij, consultant with Metal Bulletin Consultancy will address:

      •The development of CO2 emissions and carbon intensity for steel making sector
      • What is the estimated cost impact of the environmental regulations for EU steel sector?
      • Which are the most environmentally savvy steelmakers in the EU?

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    • What’s Your Growth Strategy for 2018?
      What’s Your Growth Strategy for 2018? Al Spiers, Founder and CEO, 2020 Environmental Group Recorded: Nov 1 2017 5:00 pm UTC 46 mins
    • Business conditions for the environmental industry are currently strong, particularly in infrastructure, transportation and commercial development markets. Still, forecasters are predicting the market will begin to experience recessionary conditions in the next 18-24 months. What’s your strategic plan? Are you positioned to benefit from any market changes, and what will be the opportunities and challenges?

      Join us for this timely webinar and come away armed with the tips you need to position your firm for growth. Al Spiers, 2020 Environmental Group Founder and CEO, will give attendees proven strategies for developing an effective strategic growth plan. Topics will include: what markets are hot and not; strategic growth plans for expanding into new markets and geographies; improving key performance metrics to support investment strategies; and opportunities for using M&A as a growth strategy. This includes companies that may be considering selling and merging with a new, larger strategic partner.

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    • Learn From the Experts: Critical Elements of Effective Environmental Policies
      Learn From the Experts: Critical Elements of Effective Environmental Policies Georgina Dannatt, Bank of the West; Brian A. Ginter, Burke & Herbert Bank; Larry Schnapf, Schnapf Law Recorded: Oct 29 2013 6:00 pm UTC 76 mins
    • With scrutiny on lenders’ risk management policies intensifying, more and more community banks are writing their first policies or updating old ones. The OCC just raised the bar for the banks it regulates with the August release of expanded guidelines for environmental risk management that bring their policy requirements in line with those of the FDIC. What are the critical components that should be in every policy? What elements are common to most institution’s policies? How does your institution measure up to industry best practices? How is policy administered across organizations?

      Join us for this webinar as seasoned insiders selected from the ranks of a mid-sized bank and small community lender share their experiences in writing and updating environmental policies. Learn what these experts are doing to protect their institutions from environmental risk exposure, and the dangers that lenders face by not having adequate policies in place to protect them from financial and legal liability.

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    • Environmental impacts from coal mining and transport
      Environmental impacts from coal mining and transport Dr Lesley Sloss Recorded: Aug 23 2017 11:00 am UTC 47 mins
    • This webinar addresses the environmental effects of coal mining and related transport, reviewing the potential environmental impacts arising at all stages of the coal chain. Potential environmental impacts from emissions of dust, water, and local land use are reviewed, highlighting emerging techniques to limit and reduce negative effects.

      Examples of best practice for mine operation, transport logistics and dust control will demonstrate the potential for improved performance and environmental sustainability in the field. Socioeconomic impacts, as well as regional employment and community engagement, are also covered. In this day and age mining companies will need to comply with environmental law as well as demonstrating best practice and public engagement to have new projects approved.

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    • FTSE Insight webinar: Exploring the Environmental Financial Markets Evolution
      FTSE Insight webinar: Exploring the Environmental Financial Markets Evolution Ian Simm, CEO, Impax Asset Management; Tony Campos, Executive Director ESG, FTSE Group Recorded: Mar 18 2014 5:30 am UTC 51 mins
    • Environmental issues such as energy security, water scarcity, climate change, and population growth are creating challenges and opportunities for business. As Governments, Companies, Investors and Consumers heighten their awareness of these issues, this visibility has created an opportunity for many companies to rise to the challenge and respond with suitable environmental solutions, which subsequently captures the growing interest of investors.
      With sustainability high on everyone’s agenda, this FTSE Insight webinar is bringing to you the environmental market knowledge of Impax Asset Management’s CEO from the UK and FTSE’s ESG expert.
      In this webinar, hear from environmental markets experts on:
      • The development and trends of environmental markets
      • The key drivers behind environmental markets e.g. regulatory change and technology
      • The FTSE Environmental Markets Index family and performance of the index series in Asia-Pacific
      • The popular misconceptions – there’s more to the sector than solar and wind

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    • A global ‘stock-take’ on where we’re at regarding environmental reporting
      A global ‘stock-take’ on where we’re at regarding environmental reporting Responsible Investor & ISS Ethix Recorded: Sep 6 2017 1:00 pm UTC 64 mins
    • A global ‘stock-take’ on where we’re at regarding environmental reporting

      Post the TCFD report and evolving country and EU regulatory moves: what are investors actually expected to do now on assessing and communicating climate risk exposure?
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      • A changing world of compliance
      The world of climate reporting is moving fast and investors need to understand what their responsibilities are in multiple jurisdictions and how climate data can best serve them.

      • Hard vs soft law
      Countries including France, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland and the US state of California have introduced a variety of hard and soft laws. TCFD is voluntary and the EU’s plans look likely to be so also: what’s an investor supposed to do?

      • How to?
      Investors need guidance and takeaways for action.

      • Trump v the States?
      What does the evolution mean for US investors in the light of the US government’s withdrawal from Paris and California and other states’ counter moves?

      • What’s expected versus what’s possible?
      Investor leadership in times of compliance requirements.
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      Speakers:
      Robin Edme, Senior Policy Officer Green and Sustainable Finance, European Commission
      Dr. Maximilian Horster, Managing Director, ISS Ethix Climate Change Solutions
      Christina Olivecrona, Sustainability Analyst, AP2

      Moderator:
      Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor

      Presented by: Responsible Investor & ISS Ethix

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    • Helping Risk Managers Communicate the Value of Environmental Due Diligence
      Helping Risk Managers Communicate the Value of Environmental Due Diligence Rick Ferguson, Brian Ginter & John Rybak Recorded: Mar 28 2012 6:00 pm UTC 63 mins
    • Environmental risk managers at banks understand why due diligence is important to protect the bank from collateral devaluation and liability exposure, but how well do they communicate this value up the chain? Environmental due diligence is important, along with evaluating a borrower’s creditworthiness and getting an appraisal done, but only in the broader context of originating loans. The difficulty in bridging the gap between environmental risk managers and loan officers/senior management was identified as one of the key challenges faced by risk management professionals, particularly at community banks.

      This webinar will provide lenders with actionable intell to help them educate senior management and loan officers to foster a greater understanding across the bank of the importance in understanding environmental risk and the liability the bank can face if environmental due diligence is not properly addressed. Join us for this webinar as seasoned insiders selected from the ranks of a large bank, a regional bank and a community bank share their experiences in communicating the value of environmental due diligence internally at their institutions.

      Panelists:

      -Rick Ferguson, P.G., Chief Environmental Compliance Officer, SVP, U.S. Bank
      -Brian Ginter, VP & CCIM, Appraisal/Environmental Group, Burke & Herbert Bank
      -John Rybak, SVP Environmental Risk Manager, BB&T

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