George Washington University Law School to Host Symposium on Key Environmental Policy Discussions Surrounding 30 by 30


With seven years to go for the Biden administration to meet the 30 by 30 goal, policy conversations are well underway. The George Washington University Law School’s Environmental and Energy Law Program will navigate these conversations as they host their annual Shapiro Symposium, organized with the Environmental Law Institute, the University of Oregon Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, and Wildlands Network.

The symposium will focus on how to advance our nation’s environmental laws and policies to set aside 30 percent of our nation’s lands and waters by the year 2030 (based on the Biden Administration’s America the Beautiful initiative and other local 30 by 30 initiatives).

Attendees will hear from state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, legal scholars, and authors who have been spearheading 30 by 30 efforts.

Please visit here for more information on the symposium.



Law School Complex

20th Street, NW between G & H Streets, NW Washington DC 20052

Room: Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom

Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue, Orange and Silver lines)



Thursday, April 6, 2023


9:00 am – 10:30 am:

State of the Agencies Panel on the Biden Administration’s America the Beautiful Initiative

Moderator: Katie Davis, Executive Director for Wildlands Network

  • Martha Williams, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Stephenne Harding, Senior Director for Lands at the White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Heather Sagar, Senior Policy Advisor, Acting Chief of Staff Northeast Fisheries Science Center

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

States and Communities Address by 30 by 30 on the Ground

Moderator: Jarryd Page, Staff Attorney for the Environmental Law Institute

  • Marcela Gutiérrez-Graudinš, Executive Director of Azul
  • Dr. Yoshitaka Ota, Professor of Practice, School of Marine & Environmental Affairs University of Washington and Director of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center
  • Dr. Jennifer Norris, Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat, California Natural Resources Agency
  • Katharine Petronis, Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

1 – 1:45 pm

Keynote Speaker – Tony Hiss


1:45 – 2:15 pm

Book signing – Tony Hiss
Copies of Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth will be available for purchase from the GW Campus Store.

2:15 – 4 pm

Advancing and Expanding an American 30 by 30

Moderator: Randall S. Abate, Assistant Dean for Environmental Law Studies at GW Law

  • Jamie Pleune, Associate Professor of Law and Wallace Stegner Center Fellow at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Adell Amos, Environment Initiative Director, Clayton R. Hess Professor of Law at University of Oregon
  • Monte Mills, Charles I. Stone Professor of Law and the Director of the Native American Law Center at University of Washington School of Law
  • Jessie Owley, Professor of Law and Faculty Director for the Environmental Law Program at University of Miami School of Law

Friday, April 7, 2023

10 – 10:30 am

A Special Presentation on the High Seas Biodiversity Treaty and its Relation to the International 30 by 30 Movement

Presented by Lydia Solobodian, Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program at Georgetown Law


10:30 am – Noon

Academic Workshop on Addressing the Missing Pieces of 30 by 30

Attendees work together to identify needed law and policy changes, or identify existing, but under-utilized laws that can help overcome the legal roadblocks encountered during 30 by 30 and America the Beautiful implementation.

1 – 1:15 pm

The 2023 Jamie Grodsky Prize for Environmental Scholarship – Presented by Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew and Professor Robert L. Glicksman

1:15 – 3 pm

Live-stream Report Out

  • Ron Sutherland, Ph. D., Chief Scientist at Wildlands Network, will present on the need for 30 by 30 and 50 by 50 policies to support biodiversity
  • Professor Robert L. Glicksman will provide a brief overview on how far 30 by 30 policies have come to date, and what legal roadblocks have been identified during this symposium
  • Select participants in the Academic Workshops will report on the implementation issues identified and the areas of law identified that may help resolve 30 by 30 roadblocks with further research
  • Discussion and Q&A


Media interested in attending must contact Julia Metjian at Please indicate which panel(s) you wish to attend.



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