Study tour participants listen to Mark Chernaik, beamed in from Eugene, Oregon.

Thai and Indonesian civil society representatives, high-level government officials, and legal aid groups participated in a World Resources Institute study tour in Washington, D.C. last month.  ELAW Staff Scientist Mark Chernaik participated too, without leaving Eugene.  He gave his presentation and conducted Q & A, by video conference.

The study tour involved learning about U.S. pollution-control regulations, data-release procedures, and the challenges of using freedom of information (FOI) requests to further pollution prevention campaigns.

“From the comfort of my chair at the University of Oregon’s Center for Media and Educational Technologies, I presented to the group about collecting facility specific emissions data then held a group discussion — all without costly air travel and related global greenhouse emissions,” says Mark.

Following the study tour, Carole Excel at WRI wrote to Mark:  “We know our participants were inspired by the work you are doing. They return home with a lot of information they can use to further their effort to improve their country’s pollution control regulations and the public’s right to information on air and water quality.”

Thanks Mark!

Maggie Keenan
ELAW Communications Director