Scott Fulton was elected President of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) by the ELI Board of Directors in June 2015. Mr. Fulton has spent the past two years as Principal at the Washington, DC law firm of Beveridge & Diamond where he has worked on a variety of matters, including regulatory development and litigation; policy development; permitting and enforcement under all major environmental statutes; sustainability counseling; and evolving approaches to environmental protection (e.g., supply chain management and product life cycle requirements, voluntary programs, environmentally preferential purchasing, and reverse logistics). He has been actively involved in the firm’s International Practice, co-leading their China portfolio. He also serves on a high-level advisory council to the United Nations Environment Program.
From 2009 to January 2013, Mr. Fulton served as General Counsel of the U.S. EPA, where he handled or directed some of the U.S.’s most significant environmental legal matters and represented the U.S. government at international meetings and negotiations. Among his many accomplishments at EPA was his lead role in creating the legal framework for the U.S.’s initial program for regulating greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to his service there and as an Environmental Appeals Judge, Mr. Fulton served in various other roles within EPA, including as Acting Deputy Administrator, the head of the Office of International Affairs, and director of EPA’s enforcement program. He also served as Assistant Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division. Mr. Fulton was recognized with the two highest awards given by the U.S. government for outstanding leadership—the Presidential Meritorious Executive Service Award and the Presidential Distinguished Executive Service Award—and has been inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Carl Bruch’s research focuses on making environmental law work. He has helped countries across Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia develop and implement laws, policies, and institutional frameworks to effectively manage water resources, biodiversity, forests, and other natural resources. He is an authority on the means to manage natural resources to support post-conflict peacebuilding, on environmental governance and institutions, and on ways to prevent, reduce, mitigate, and compensate for damage to the environment during armed conflict.
In addition to working at ELI, Bruch has been an attorney with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (E-LAW). Since 2007, he has taught a course on international environmental policy at Johns Hopkins University.
John Pendergrass has more than thirty-five years of experience as an environmental and natural resource lawyer and is Vice President for Programs and Publications for the Environmental Law Institute. John Pendergrass has researched and written on a broad range of legal and policy issues focusing on what works in practice and how to improve the implementation of law. He works with partners to improve environmental and natural resource law, policies, institutions, and management in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. With local partners, he trains judges, government personnel, industry managers, and the public on environmental and natural resource law, enforcement, and compliance. He has overseen programs on environmental law for more than 2000 judges from 25 countries. He has drafted legislation and regulations for states and national governments, including for the Department of the Interior, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Armenia, Brazil, Liberia, and Mexico. Mr. Pendergrass has published dozens of articles and book chapters on environmental law, climate change, enforcement, biodiversity protection, sustainable development, natural resource damage assessment, community-based natural resource management, and land use.