Please join Ballard Spahr and Environmental Law Institute for our annual half-day CLE program on Thursday, January 30. Speakers will address a number of pressing topics related to the green infrastructure and energy landscapes.

Date & Time

Thursday, January 30, 2020
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET


12:00 PM | Registration, Lunch, and Networking

12:50 PM | Welcome

1:00 PM | Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreements for Higher Education and Businesses

Higher education institutions are entering into renewable energy power purchase arrangements at an unprecedented rate, and they are using a variety of different structures to achieve their sustainability goals. What is driving this surge in green power purchases by higher education institutions? Our panel will explore the primary drivers and discuss various structures currently being used by educational institutions. Topics for discussion include the current status of higher educational sustainability goals and implementation strategies, renewable energy project economics, and how PPAs are being arranged.

  • Ray Faricy, Partner, Ballard Spahr
  • David Armstrong, Partner, Ballard Spahr
  • Gerry DaRosa, Director, Energy Innovations at Arizona State University
  • Franc Del Fosse, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr
  • Kevin Rackstraw, Senior Vice President, Client Solutions at CustomerFirst Renewables 

2:15 PM | Refreshment Break

2:30 PM | Keynote Address: Changing Risks and the Returns of Proactive Resilience

Local governments and businesses are learning more about climate impacts, but risks that ripple through the economy are being revealed by C2ES and other research. Resilience action is needed at all levels of government and the private-sector to address local and system-wide vulnerabilities. Green infrastructure, and related policy and technical innovations, can create safer communities, homes, and businesses, while building and supporting vibrant local economies.

  • Kristiane Huber, Resilience Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

3:00 PM | Landfills: Who Needs Them?

State laws mandating reductions in material going to landfills, and otherwise encouraging recycling and reuse, are changing the landscape of waste management and disposal across the country. Join this panel in a wide-ranging discussion of the development and financing of some 21st Century solutions to crowded landfills – and closing – landfills.

  • Lea Phillips, Associate, Ballard Spahr
  • Randy Towers, Partner, Ballard Spahr

4:15 PM | Closing Remarks followed by Cocktail Reception in Philadelphia


The program will be held live in Philadelphia and via simulcast in Ballard Spahr's Baltimore, Minneapolis, New York, Salt Lake City, and Washington D.C. offices. Lunch will be provided in all locations. In Philadelphia, the program will be followed by a cocktail reception.


Philadelphia (live)
Ballard Spahr 
1735 Market St., 48th Floor

Baltimore (simulcast)
Ballard Spahr 
300 East Lombard St., 18th Floor

Minneapolis (simulcast)
Ballard Spahr
80 South 8th Street, Suite 2000

New York (simulcast)
Ballard Spahr
1675 Broadway, 19th Floor

Salt Lake City (simulcast)
Ballard Spahr
201 South Main Street, Suite 800

Washington, D.C. (simulcast)
Ballard Spahr
1909 K St., NW, 12th Floor

The program will also be offered via webinar. CLE credits are pending.

For more information, contact Lisa Prickril at