Category: Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein writes about lead poisoning and democracy

June 11th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently penned “Environmental Law—Resuming Progress On Lead Poisoning: A Prime Indicator of Civilization” in the Western New England University Law Review. “The quality of the effort made to prevent lead poisoning is an indicator of whether a society has become civilized,” Reibstein writes. “It is hard to argue with the logic that, at the very least, a society must act to avoid foreseeable harms—particularly to its own members and to itself as a body.” Click to read the full article.

BU students’ work featured at Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

April 30th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Events, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pictures, Presentations, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Since 2010 environmental conference organizer Jen Boudrie has brought hundreds of people together at the premiere event in Massachusetts for environmental experts, professionals, activists, officials and academics. At this year’s conference in Plymouth Harbor, three BU students presented their work in the class Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532). Samantha Morton researched how to promote the retention of trees for state conservation officials, and with others provided a review of the scientific literature on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Bolaji Olateru-Olagbegi presented her project for the Boston Public Health Commission, investigating whether health providers understand that some of the symptoms they see might be caused by toxic exposures, and with Katharina Voehler explained the work their team performed for the City of Boston on Community Choice Aggregation – bulk purchasing of energy for residents that can be used to promote cleaner energy (and local generation of cleaner energy).  Instructor Rick Reibstein also presented at the conference on the history and future of clean water, including water quality data analyses that Alex Kerr and Michael Silano conducted for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Research for Environmental Agencies Presentations

April 25th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Department Seminars, Events, Faculty, News, Presentations, Rick Reibstein

If you’re thinking about environmental issues and wondering how you can make a difference, come hear some interesting examples from students in the directed study course Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532).

Thursday, April 26th

12:30-2:00PM

CAS 132

Pizza will be served.

  • The MA Department of Environmental Protection think  
about different ways to ANALYZE WATER QUALITY DATA TO DISCERN TRENDS
  • Staff of the relevant legislative committees to SEE THE VALUE IN USING COMMUNITY SOLAR FOR 
WASTE SITE CLEANUP IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE NEIGHBORHOODS AND TO PROVIDE SOLAR IN LOW INCOME AREAS
  • Conduct a PUBLIC CONVERSATION ON WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT LEAD POISONING
  • The Boston Public Health Commission consider HOW TO RAISE THE AWARENESS OF MEDICAL PROVIDERS CONCERNING EXPOSURE TO TOXICS AS A POTENTIAL CAUSE OF THE SYMPTOMS THEY IDENTIFY

For further information contact Rick Reibstein at rreibste@bu.edu.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein urges action on lead hazards

April 17th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Faculty, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Rick Reibstein has just published “Resuming Progress on Lead Poisoning” in the Western New England Law Review. “I have always found the lead issue maddening,” Reibstein writes, “because it is so obvious there is much that must be done, and much that can be done, which would be extraordinarily worthwhile to do–paying off substantially in so many ways.” He urges, “Talk to the American public about this problem.” Click here to read the full article.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein publishes on carbon emissions lawsuit

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has published in the latest issue of TYL, the publication of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.

The 2016 ruling in Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana v. USA is one of the greatest recent events in our system of law. A group of children between the ages of eight and nineteen filed suit against the federal government, asking the court to order the government to act on climate change, asserting harm from carbon emissions. Read the full article here.

Rick Reibstein publishes on improving federal regulatory agenda

November 29th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Nov-17, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has authored an essay for The Regulatory Review, arguing that “the real story about regulation is not that businesses hate it. Rather, the truth is that they just want actual unnecessary, adverse economic impacts to be lifted.” Click here to read the full article.

Rick Reibstein on why the Clean Air Act shouldn’t prevent municipalities from placing limitations on leaf blowers

October 31st, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, News, Oct-17, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has just published “Legal Challenges to Leaf Blower Ordinances: The Issue of Preemption” in Quiet Communities. “The issue of preemption has loomed large in the willingness of local government to impose restrictions on local sources of excessive noise and pollution,” Reibstein writes. Click here to read the full article.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein publishes on ethical chemistry

October 16th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, News, Oct-17, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein‘s article, “A More Ethical Chemistry,” appears in the journal Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. “Because of the success of greener and safer alternatives the industry now has a new responsibility,” Reibstein urges, “to investigate whether better alternatives are feasible, and continuously evolve to impose less risk.”

New film by Rick Reibstein selected for APHA Global Public Health festival

September 25th, 2017 in 2017, Events, Faculty, News, Presentations, Rick Reibstein, Sept-17

“A Public Conversation on Lead,” a new film by lecturer Rick Reibstein and Rebecca Reibstein, will be featured at the 2017 APHA Global Public Health Film Festival during the APHA Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta in November.

As the disgust and dismay about the events in Flint, Michigan, lingers, lead itself lingers. Are we responding as we should? We asked experts who have worked on lead for years to start a public conversation. Democracy is a tool that can be used to solve our problems. Lead poisoning is a serious shared problem we cannot turn from. We need to talk about what to do so we can do it. We asked people who have worked on the problems for many years to tell us what they think we should consider. The results are powerful, moving, fascinating, important, and most of all, instructive.

For more information, visit the Coalition for a Public Conversation on Lead.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein named to EPA advisory committee

April 27th, 2017 in 2017, Apr-17, Faculty, News, Rick Reibstein

Rick Reibstein, lecturer in Environmental Law and Policy, has been named to the federal advisory committee established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to examine policy related to the Chemical Data Reporting rule of the Toxic Substances Control Act. The committee is for a negotiated rulemaking concerning Section 8(a) of TSCA, which requires chemical companies to report on where their chemicals are used. Negotiated rulemaking is a process in which representatives of stakeholder groups try to reach consensus on a proposed rule. Reibstein was proposed for the committee by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, where he serves as an at-large board member.