Olivia Odom Green
USEPA National Risk Management Research Laboratory
26 W. Martin Luther King Drive | Cincinnati, Ohio | 45268
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
J.D. with Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law, 2011
Advised by Prof. Holly Doremus and Robert Infelise
Thesis: Energy v. Water, a critical review of the use of cost benefit analysis in Entergy v. Riverkeeper, 556 U.S. 208 (2009)
Oregon State University
M.S. Water Resources Policy and Management, 2008
Advised by Dr. Aaron T. Wolf
Thesis: Institutional Capacity Building through Land and Water Stewardship Integration- an Analysis of Source Water Protection in Corvallis, Oregon, the product of a collaboration with the City of Corvallis, Oregon
University of Arkansas
B.S. Geology with departmental honors, magna cum laude, 2005
Advised by Dr. Jon Van Brahana
Thesis: Characterizing Sources of Groundwater Input and Flow-path Processes in Fitton Cave, Buffalo
National River, Arkansas, honors research project in partnership with the National Park Service
Thomas More College
Crestview Hills, Kentucky
Adjunct Faculty Summer 2012
Taught Environmental Law and Policy at the Thomas More Biological Field Station, a course which covers diverse topics in water law including international water wars, the Clean Water Act and urban stormwater management, biodiversity and climate change law, environmental justice, hydraulic fracturing policy, and the role of economics in environmental policy. The course features field studies of cutting edge green infrastructure projects in metropolitan Cincinnati, Ohio.
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Teaching Assistant- Environmental Law Writing Seminar Spring 2011
Assisted three law students in drafting law review articles, from idea conception through publication. All works were published in Ecology Law Quarterly, one of which was awarded top honors by the environmental law faculty.
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Research Assistant for Professor E. Biber Spring 2009
Researched the legislative history of the Endangered Species Act.
University of Arkansas - Arkansas Water Research Center
Undergraduate Research Assistant 2004 – 2005
Assisted hydrogeology graduate students with research projects. Duties included drilling groundwater observation wells, interviewing rural land owners, and collecting well water samples.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Risk Management Research Laboratory
ORISE Water Law and Policy Postdoctoral Research FellowSept. 2011 – present
Primary projects concern installation of green infrastructure into combined sewer overflow (CSO) communities under consent decree (Cleveland, Omaha, Cincinnati) followed by monitoring and quantification of benefits (e.g., water quantity abated, ecosystem services, access to urban green space, property value increases in blighted post-industrial cities). Research pursuits include application of social-ecological resilience theory to international and domestic water policy, economic incentives for decentralized stormwater management, biodiversity and climate change law, adaptive management for CSO control, and social capacity induction.
Oregon Department of Justice, Office of General Counsel
Law Clerk May 2010 – Aug. 2010
Conducted legal research to support formal Attorney General Opinions and informal letters of advice to state agency clients with an emphasis on statutory interpretation and legislative history; reported directly to Deputy Chief Counsel; work concerned the State’s most challenging, high profile legal questions.
U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division
San Francisco, California
Legal Extern Jan. 2010 – May 2010
Conducted legal research on a variety of federal environmental issues and procedure; provided direct guidance to federal agency clients by formal memoranda; prepared motions, consent decrees, and briefs for court.
Natural Heritage Institute
San Francisco, California
Law Clerk May 2009 – Aug. 2009
Assisted legal director in researching state and federal water law primarily focused on hydropower; prepared legal memoranda and briefs for court; observed complex, multi-party negotiations (e.g., San Francisco Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Klamath Hydropower Agreement); reviewed deposition transcripts.
Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database, Oregon State University
Primary Treaty Analyst, Project Coordinator,Graduate Research Assistant Jan. 2007 – Aug. 2008 Conducted content analysis of international freshwater treaties; managed the world’s most comprehensive database of transboundary watersheds; collaborated with international interdisciplinary partners on projects funded by the World Bank and UNESCO on issues of water conflict, resilience, and climate change; led team of graduate students.
City of Corvallis, Public Works
Water Resources Intern II May 2007 – Dec. 2007
Developed source water protection plan and program for municipal drinking water supply with emphasis on social capital development; analyzed relevant local, state, and federal regulations; communicated with stakeholders and local and state officials to elicit input.
Southeastern Expeditions: Chattooga River Outpost
Whitewater Raft Guide & Photographer Summers 2002 – 2005
Guided and photographed whitewater rafting trips down class IV-V rapids.
Olivia Odom Green, Lisen Schultz, Marmar Nekoro, and Ahjond S. Garmestani, Panarchy and the role of bridging organizations in facilitating adaptive management of social-ecological systems. In: Craig R. Allen & Ahjond S. Garmestani (Eds.), Adaptive Management of Natural Resources in Theory and Practice, Springer (in press, 2015).
Olivia Odom Green and Charles Perrings, Institutionalized Cooperation and Resilience in Transboundary Freshwater Allocation, in eds. Ahjond S. Garmestani & Craig Allen, Social-Ecological Resilience and Law. NYC: Columbia University Press (in press, 2014).
Olivia Odom Green, William D. Shuster, Ahjond S. Garmestani, and Hale W. Thurston, Upscaling Natural and Social Capitals for Decentralized Urban Stormwater Management, Novatech (conference proceedings), Lyon, France (June 23-27, 2013) (finalist for Best of Novatech Award).
William D. Shuster, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Olivia Odom Green, Lee K. Rhea, Allison H. Roy, and Hale W. Thurston, Catchment-scale stormwater management via economic incentives – an overview and lessons-learned, Novatech (conference proceedings), Lyon, France (June 23-27, 2013) (finalist for Best of Novatech Award).
Olivia Odom Green, Barbara Cosens, and Ahjond S. Garmestani, Iterative Processes for Resilient Transboundary Water Management: Collaboratively Governing the Okavango for Adaptation, Ecology and Society 18(2): 23 (2013).
Olivia Odom Green, Helena F.M.W. van Rijswick, Andrea M. Keessen, and Ahjond S. Garmestani, EU Water Governance: Striking the Right Balance between Regulatory Flexibility and Enforcement?, Ecology and Society 18(2):10 (2013).
Olivia Odom Green, William D. Shuster, Lee K. Rhea, Ahjond S. Garmestani, and Hale W. Thurston, Incorporating social and cultural capital into an experimental approach to urban water resources management, Sustainability 4(8) (invited special feature on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, edited by Prof. Ken Tamminga) (2012).
Olivia Odom Green and Ahjond S. Garmestani, Adaptive Management to Protect Biodiversity: Best Available Science and the Endangered Species Act, Diversity 4(2) (invited special feature on Climate Change Law and Biodiversity, edited by Prof. J.B. Ruhl) (2012).
Olivia Odom and Aaron T. Wolf, Institutional resilience and climate variability in international water treaties: the Jordan River Basin as “proof-of-concept”, Hydrological Sciences Journal 56(4) (special issue Water Crisis: From Conflict to Cooperation) (2011).
Olivia Odom, Note, Energy v. Water, Ecology Law Quarterly 37:353 (2010).
Brief for Olivia Odom et al. as Amici Curiae Explaining Best Available Science, Delta Smelt Consolidated Cases (2010) (No. 1:09-cv-00407-OWW-DLB).
Shlomi Dinar, Olivia Odom, Amy McNally, Brian Blankespoor and Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Climate Change and State Grievances: The Resiliency of International River Treaties to Increased Water Variability, Insights 33(22) (2010).
Professional Presentations presenter listed first
Olivia Odom Green, Green Urban Stormwater Management: a Fertile Ground for Collaborative Adaptive Management, Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration, New Orleans, Louisiana (July 28-August 1, 2014) (invited, in prep).
Olivia Odom Green, Resolving the Incongruence at the Intersection of Ecology and Law, Resilience 2014, Montpellier, France (May 4-8, 2014) (in prep).
Barbara Cosens and Lance Gunderson (chairs), Dialogue Session on Social-Ecological Resilience, Climate Change and Adaptive Water Governance of Regional Scale Water Systems in the United States, Resilience 2014, Montpellier, France (May 4-8, 2014) (invited participant along with Robin Craig of University of Utah College of Law, and Dale Goble of University of Idaho College of Law).
Olivia Odom Green, invited guest lecturer to ENS 420 Rivers: Adaptive Ecosystem Management, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky (Spring, 2014) (in prep).
Olivia Odom Green, invited guest lecturer to POL 454 Environmental Governance and Policy, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky (Spring, 2014) (in prep).
Olivia Odom Green and Ahjond Garmestani, Adaptive Management of Urban Watersheds, American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon (November 4-7, 2013).
Olivia Odom Green, invited guest lecturer to ENS 500 Senior Seminar Environmental Studies, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky (October 29, 2013).
Tamara Mittman, Lewis Rossman, and Olivia Odom Green (all presenters), National Stormwater Calculator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Watershed Academy, webcast (October 2, 2013) (invited).
Olivia Odom Green, Cycling Stormwater in Urban Vacant Properties: the One Stone Approach, Center for Community Progress’ Repurposing Vacant Properties Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (September 9-11, 2013).
Olivia Odom Green, William D. Shuster, Ahjond S. Garmestani, and Hale W. Thurston, Upscaling Natural and Social Capitals for Decentralized Urban Stormwater Management, Novatech, Lyon, France (June 23-27, 2013) (finalist for Best of Novatech Award).
Olivia Odom Green, William D. Shuster, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Lee K. Rhea, Allison H. Roy, and Hale W. Thurston Catchment-scale stormwater management via economic incentives – an overview and lessons-learned, Novatech (conference proceedings), Lyon, France (June 23-27, 2013) (finalist for Best of Novatech Award).
Ahjond S. Garmestani, William D. Shuster and Olivia Odom Green, Adaptive management of urban watersheds, 19th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, Portland, Oregon (June 14-17, 2013).
Olivia Odom Green, Ruben Kertesz, Lewis Rossman, and William D. Shuster, Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Utility Credit Program Design for Sustainability, USEPA Green Infrastructure Seminar Series (May 1, 2013).
Olivia Odom Green, Ruben Kertesz, Lewis Rossman, and William D. Shuster, Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Utility Credit Program Design, American Water Works Association Conference on Sustainable Water Management, Nashville, Tennessee (April 7-10, 2013).
Olivia Odom Green, William D. Shuster, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Hale W. Thurston, and Lee K. Rhea, Engaging Social Capital for Decentralized Urban Stormwater Management, 2nd World Sustainability Forum, online (Nov. 1-30, 2012).
Olivia Odom Green, William D. Shuster, Ahjond S. Garmestani, and Lee K. Rhea, Cycling water in urban core neighborhoods—some prospects for management (Cleveland, OH), EcoSummit, Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 30- Oct. 5, 2012).
Ahjond S. Garmestani, William D. Shuster, and Olivia Odom Green. Urban water resources, the Clean Water Act and the consent decree process, 5th Annual Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference, Portland, Oregon (July 31-August 4, 2012).
Ahjond S. Garmestani, William D. Shuster, and Olivia Odom Green. Adaptive management for urban watersheds, Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, June 20-22, 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana (invited).
Olivia Odom Green, William D. Shuster, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Allison H. Roy, and Hale W. Thurston, Incorporating social and cultural capital into an experimental approach to urban water resources management, Society of Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky (May 22, 2012).
Roger Yeardley, John McCready, and Olivia Odom Green, USEPA Supporting Sustainable Solutions: Green Infrastructure, poster presented at Project Groundwork Community Workshop (Feb. 23, 2012).
Jon Van Brahana, T. Connors, Olivia Odom, and Charles Bitting, Research in Our National Parks- Expanding Frontiers of Involvement, Geological Society Of America Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon (Oct. 18, 2009).
Aaron T. Wolf and Olivia Odom, Defining and Redefining Needs in International Water Law, Defining Water Needs In Areas Of Fully Exploited Resources International Workshop, Palais des Nations – United Nations European Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland (May 03, 2008).
Olivia Odom and Aaron T. Wolf, Institutional Resilience and Climate Variability in International Water Treaties: the Jordan River Basin as “Proof-of-Concept,” Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon (Mar. 07, 2008).
Olivia Odom Green, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Craig R. Allen, J.B. Ruhl, Craig A. Arnold, Lance H. Gunderson, Nick A. Graham, Barbara Cosens, David G. Angeler, and C.S. Holling, Learning to Govern and Governing to Learn- Linking Environmental Law to Ecological Dynamics (submitted to Science, in revision).
Ruben Kertesz, Olivia Odom Green, Lewis Rossman, and William Shuster, Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Utility Credit Program Design, (targeted journals include Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management, manuscript anticipated winter 2013).
Olivia Odom Green, Ahjond S. Garmestani, Mary Gardiner, Lance H. Gunderson, Michael Schoon, Natalie Ban, Law and governance for ecosystem services in reserves of urban green space, Ecological Applications (special feature on Understanding Protected Areas as Social Ecological Systems, edited by Graeme Cumming and Craig Allen) (manuscript anticipated winter 2013).
Collaboration with Barb Cosens, Tony Arnold (University of Louisville School of Law), and Ahjond Garmestani on integrated adaptive planning with adaptive management, Idaho Law Review (special feature, manuscript due April 2014).
Participation in National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) workshop on resilience and water governance hosted by colleagues Barbara Cosens (University of Idaho College of Law) and Lance Gunderson (Emory University Department of Environmental Studies) (December 2013, May and August 2014).
Olivia Odom Green, Stormwater Fees and ‘Rain Taxes’: the Jurisprudence of Stormwater Utilities, (law review, manuscript anticipated summer 2014).
Olivia Odom Green, Greening Municipal Stormwater Management: Green Infrastructure as a New Paradigm for Reconnecting the Hydrologic Cycle in Urban America, (law review, manuscript anticipated summer 2014).
Olivia Odom Green, Matthew E. Hopton, Ahjond S. Garmestani, and Matthew T. Heberling, A multi-jurisdictional analysis of law and economics for sustainable ecosystems, (targeted journals include Journal of Environmental Management, manuscript anticipated fall 2014).
Contributions to Federal Reports and Projects
USEPA Safe and Sustainable Water Resources
4.1A1 – Evaluation of green alternatives for combined sewer overflow mitigation: a proposed economic impact framework and illustration of its application- contributor, reviewer
4.1A2- CSO mitigation through multi-scale implementation of green infrastructure in communities (Omaha, Detroit, Cleveland)- contributor
4.1A5- Guidance on green infrastructure and stormwater utility credit program design- principal investigator
4.1C- Adaptive management: green infrastructure and sustainable stormwater management within environmental justice urban communities- project management, contributing author, researcher
USEPA Region 5 and Office of Research and Development, On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool- contributor and reviewer, assisted with field work (soil infiltration studies post-demolition in urban Cleveland, OH July 2012).
USEPA Region 3, Regional Applied Research Effort (RARE) grant proposal on policy uncertainty in the definition of solid waste and sustainability- contributing author (March 2013).
Recognition & Service
Ecology Law Currents – Senior Editor (Editor-in-Chief equivalent) 2010-2011
Ecology Law Quarterly – Executive Editor 2009-2010
Novatech, awards and conference proceedings
Ecology and Society
Resilience and Law Craig Allen & Ahjond Garmestani (eds), NYC: Columbia University Press
Best of Novatech Urban Water Management Awards – finalist 2013
Joseph Sax Public Interest Environmental Law Fellowship 2010
Association of California Water Agencies – Water Law and Policy Scholar 2009-2010
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District – Natural Resources Scholar 2007-2008
Oregon State University Laurels Graduate Scholar 2006-2007
Oregon State University Extension Service – Watershed Steward 2006
University of Arkansas, Department of Geosciences W.A. Tarr Scholarship & Leadership Award 2005
University of Arkansas, Chancellor’s Scholarship (full ride) – 2001-2005
Conference Organization, Facilitation:
Redeveloping Vacant Land as Green Infrastructure in Great Lakes Cities, March 13-14, 2012, regional meeting held at Cleveland Botanical Garden, Great Lakes Protection Fund
California Water Law Symposium – Session Co-chair 2010 & 2011
Berkeley Law Environmental Justice Symposium “Just Water” – Session Chair 2009
American Geophysical Union, member 2013
CHANS-Net (International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems), member
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, member 2012-present
Society for Freshwater Sciences, member 2012-2013
Network for Cincinnati EPA Trainees, co-chair 2011-2012
Advocates for Youth Justice, “Street Law” instructor to juvenile hall in Alameda County, California 2009
American Water Works Association, member 2006-2007
Oregon State Hydrophiles, water resources graduate student group, member 2006-2008
Green Infrastructure presentation to Summer at the Edge program participants, US Air Force Research Laboratory- Wright Brothers Institute, August 15, 2012
Stormwater runoff and green infrastructure demonstration, USEPA Bring Your Kids to Work Day, July 24, 2012
Teaching kids (and their parents!) how and why to fix a leaky sink, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Kids’ Day for Conservation, Corvallis, Oregon 2007
Sustainability concepts demonstration, da Vinci Days Festival, Corvallis, Oregon 2007
SalmonWatch water quality education, The Freshwater Trust, volunteer 2007-2008