Registration for the Ecosystem Banking Workshop is now open!

I am pleased to announce that the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy will again be offering an Ecosystem Banking Workshop during academic year 2016-2017. Over the course of the year, we will examine market-based approaches to restoring wetlands, conserving endangered species habitat, improving water quality, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The workshop is a voluntary enrichment program. You will not receive academic credit for your participation. Students who satisfactorily complete the workshop can qualify for a certificate of participation from the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy.

During the fall semester, students enrolled in the workshop are expected to attend all five sessions, which will focus on wetland mitigation banking and conservation banking. You are also encouraged to attend an Environmental Law Institute-Stetson Wetlands Workshop on November 3.

During the winter break, students should identify a specific bank or project that will be the subject of a case study. You will make arrangements to interview the relevant players, including representatives from regulatory agencies, the bank sponsor, environmental groups, and other stakeholders.

In the spring semester, we will have sessions on water quality trading and carbon offsets. Students will also make presentations on their case studies.

As noted above, the workshop is voluntary and not for academic credit. There are, however, at least three reasons why you should consider participating in this program (beyond merely educating yourself):

1. Your participation is a credential for prospective employers.
2. You will be more prepared for the Wetland Law and Policy Seminar and the Natural
Resources Law Seminar.
3. Your participation will enhance your competitiveness for summer intern positions with
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and other entities.

In previous years, workshop participants were selected for summer internships with the USFWS Sacramento field office and the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office. In addition, a previous workshop participant received a $4000 summer grant from the Florida Bar to work for a local NGO.

If you are interested in participating in the Ecosystem Banking Workshop, please send an email and your resume to Erin Okuno at and indicate which days and times you are available (e.g., Wednesdays from noon -1pm, Tuesdays from 5-6pm). Anyone may participate, including first-year students. We would like your resume to have a better understanding of the background and experience of the participants.

Once we have a core group, we will identify the days and times most convenient for all. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Prof. Gardner