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Since its creation in 2009, the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has been known as a center of expertise, providing timely information and resources on key topics and promoting advances in the interrelated fields of climate law, environmental regulation, energy regulation and natural resources law. The Center’s activities are spearheaded by Michael Gerrard, Faculty Director of the Sabin Center and Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, and Michael Burger, Executive Director of the Sabin Center and Research Scholar and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School. The core mission of the Sabin Center is to develop and promulgate legal techniques to address climate change, and to train the next generation of lawyers who will be leaders in the field. The Sabin Center is both a partner to and resource for public interest legal institutions engaged in climate change work. Further, the Center addresses a critical need for the systematic development of legal techniques to fight climate change outside of the realm of litigation, and the compilation and dissemination of information for lawyers in the public, private, academic and NGO sectors.


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Summary The Sabin Center currently focuses its work within nine programmatic areas: The Clean Air Act, Environmental Assessment, Energy Law, Adaptation, Securities and Climate Finance, Natural Resources, Human Rights, International and Foreign Law, and Threatened Island Nations. The Center’s thought leadership and direct engagement operate at the international, national, state and local levels.

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Projects In the absence of congressional legislation specifically addressing climate change, federal activity under the Obama administration took place under the authority of existing environmental, energy, and natural resources laws. The Trump administration has initiated a deregulatory agenda that has re-oriented the Sabin Center’s work – from a focus on exercising executive authority to combat climate change to a focus on limiting executive discretion to ignore it. Meanwhile, action continues to be taken at state and local levels. The Sabin Center conducts independent research to produce publications and useful resources; advances new techniques and ideas through direct engagement; and partners with agencies, NGOs, and the private sector to promote climate action. Clean Air Act The Environmental Protection Agency has authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate mobile and stationary sources of greenhouse gases. The Sabin Center has been active in informing and defending EPA’s affirmative regulations, in advocating for more ambitious action and in opposing deregulation by the Trump administration. • Engagement: In May the Sabin Center submitted comments to EPA on its implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. The comments detail the economic and public health benefits of climate regulation and the need for increased GHG emissions reductions. • Communications: Michael Gerrard, Michael Burger and Sabin Center fellows appeared as sources discussing climate deregulation in dozens of news articles, including articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor,Vox, ProPublica and other publications. Michael Gerrard was also featured on Carbon Brief and Michael Burger was a guest on NPR’s ScienceFriday.

• Talks: Romany Webb spoke on the Trump Administration’s roll-back of EPA methane regulations at the Texas Environmental Law Journal Symposium in March. In April Jessica Wentz spoke at Hofstra University’s “Environmental Law Under the Trump Administration” about recent developments in climate change law and policy and the Sabin Center’s Climate Deregulation Tracker. Adaptation As well as taking steps to mitigate climate change, humanity must also find ways to adapt to it. The Sabin Center conducts research into how existing laws and regulations can be used to promote short and longer-term adaptation efforts within government and the private sector. • Engagement: In April the Sabin Center delivered adaptation plans to three Florida communities threatened by rising sea levels: St. Augustine, Clearwater, and Escambia County. The plans provide legal and policy frameworks for adaptation, as well as in-depth analyses of responses to rising oceans in those communities. As part of its consultation, the Center also shared lessons learned and thoughts


A Summary of the Key Activities of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law about how to scale up local adaptation planning with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. • Talks: Jessica Wentz spoke in April to the National Adaptation Forum on “The First 100 Days of the New Administration” and implications for climate change adaptation efforts.

Human Rights Climate change poses serious risks to human rights for individuals and communities around the world, including the rights to life, health, food, and an adequate standard of living. The global response to climate change also poses risks to human rights, as mitigation or adaptation projects threaten to displace or dispossess communities, potentially without adequate participation. • Talks: Michael Burger spoke about human rights and climate change at Human Rights Watch’s annual retreat in New York City in April. Environmental Assessment The National Environmental Policy Act and its state and international analogs provide for the assessment of environmental impacts of proposed projects, plans and programs. The Sabin Center examines legal requirements and practices relating to the analysis of GHG emissions and the impacts of climate change on proposed projects under these statutes. • Talks: In April Jessica Wentz spoke at the 2017 International Association for Impact Assessment Conference in Montreal on how environmental impact assessments can be used as an adaptation planning tool.

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• Research & Education: With supervision from the Sabin Center, a team of undergraduate students conducted a review of federal environmental impact statements (EISs) to assess how federal agencies were implementing the Council on Environmental Quality’s guidance on accounting for climate change in environmental reviews conducted NEPA. This research was completed as a capstone project for the undergraduate Sustainable Development program. Energy Law The Sabin Center seeks to encourage a more rational accounting of climate change-related impacts of energy use and to advance the decarbonization of the energy sector in the U.S. and elsewhere. Our current efforts focus on federal and state laws and regulations relating to clean energy development and integration, utility regulation, and the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels. • Research: The Sabin Center is working with scientists at the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy to assess the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide offshore in sub-seabed geological formations. Current projects are assessing the legal and regulatory framework for offshore storage in the northeastern U.S. and on the west coast of Canada. • Talks: Romany Webb participated in a panel on carbon pricing in wholesale electricity markets at the Spring Conference of the Independent Power Producers of New York.


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Events From January to May 2017, the Center sponsored or co-sponsored a total of 7 events and conferences. Highlights • Climate Solutions: Pathways to Deep

Decarbonization in the United States,

panel discussion moderated by Michael B. Gerrard featuring speakers Jeff Sachs (The Earth Institute), Karl Hausker (World Resources Institute), Geoff Heal (Columbia Business School) and Judi Greenwald (Greenwald Consulting).

Securities Disclosures and Climate Change in View of Peabody and ExxonMobil Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Columbia Law School Theological Perspectives on Climate Change and the Law 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104 Admission is free but registration is required.

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Judge Jack Weinstein, United States federal judge in the Eastern District of New York Rabbi Troster, founder and coordinator of Shomrei Breishit: and CantorsOffice For the Earth and LemuelLawrence M. Srolovic, Environmental Protection Bureau Chief, New York Rabbis Attorney General’s Mary Schapiro, Former Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission; Special Advisor to the Chair, Task Force the Rabbinic Scholar-in-Residence of GreenFaith on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure Dr. Erin Lothes, Assistant Professor of Theology at College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ Christopher Director of Investor Program, Ceres Speaker withDavis, a Muslim perspective (TBD) Merritt B. Fox, Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law, NASDAQ Professor of Law and Economics of Capital

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Using Green Infrastructure for Climate Change Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Thursday, April 13, 2017 6–8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but RSVP required. RSVP to http://bit.ly/2mPTcrx by April 11.

Moderator: Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change ColumbiaAndrew Law School MichaelLaw, B. Gerrard, Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Program is sponsored by Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and co-sponsored by the Earth Institute of Columbia University and Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Society, Jewish Law Students Association, Muslim Law Students Association, and Program isLegal sponsored by Sabin Climate Change Law and co-sponsored Columbia Law School Environmental Law Society and the Christian Society. This Center event isforgenerously supported by the David SivebyMemorial Fund.

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New York City is home to two types of efforts to use green infrastructure to achieve climate change adaptation and hazard mitigation goals. One aims to carpet public and private properties with green roofs and rain gardens, the other involves acquiring properties in communities hit hard by flooding and dedicating the land to open space, recreation, or wetland management uses. Panelists expert in engineering, policy, and law will discuss the challenges and benefits associated with these programs and others like them. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Michael Burger, Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law PANELISTS

Dr. Patricia J. Culligan, Professor, Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University Lisa Bova-Hiatt, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, New York State David Salvesen, Director, Sustainable Triangle Field Site, University of North Carolina Alisa Valderrama, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council Justin Gundlach, Climate Law Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law (moderator)

This program is co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School

• Using Green Infrastructure for Climate Change Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation,

panel discussion moderated by Justin Gundlach with introductory remarks by Michael Burger and featuring speakers Dr. Patrick J. Culligan (Columbia University), Lisa Bova-Hiatt (Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, New York State), David Salvesen (University of North Carolina) and Alisa Valderrama (Natural Resources Defense Council).

• Theological Perspectives on Climate Change and the Law, panel discussion moderated by Michael B. Gerrard, featuring speakers from Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities: Judge Jack Weinstein (US federal judge in the Eastern District of NY), Rabbi Lawrence Troster (Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth and GreenFaith), Dr. Erin Lothes (College of Saint Elizabeth) and Ibrahim AbdulMatin (author of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet).


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NEW YORK SEA LEVEL RISE PROJECTIONS: Implications for Law, Land Use, Buildings and Infrastructure Monday, March 20, 2017 7–8:30 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required. RSVP to http://bit.ly/2m1c3xC.

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Street stop on #1 line.

As required by a 2014 state statute, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has just issued official sea level rise projections. They reflect a range of possible scenarios; at the high end, sea level in the New York City area could rise 75 inches (6.2 feet) by the year 2100.This program will explore how these projections, now that they are embodied in a formal regulation, will affect a broad range of decisions in building and infrastructure siting, design, construction and materials; insurance and financing; environmental impact review; and securities disclosure.

Trade, Investment and Climate Change under the Trump Administration: What lies ahead?

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Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School SPEAKERS

Kate Orff, Associate Professor & Director, Urban Design Program, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Mark Lowery, Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [tentative] Pippa Brashear, Director of Planning and Resilience, SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC; Columbia UD Thaddeus Pawlowski, Senior Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning; Columbia UD Program is sponsored by Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Urban Design Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and co-sponsored by The Earth Institute and Columbia Environmental Law Society

• New York Sea Level Rise Projections: Implications for Law, Land Use, Buildings and Infrastructure, panel discussion

moderated by Michael B. Gerrard, featuring speakers Kate Orff (Urban Design Program at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation), Mark Lowery (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation), Pippa Brashear (SCAPE Landscape Architecture DPC; Columbia UD), Thaddeus Pawlowski (NYC Department of City Planning; Columbia UD).

• What lies ahead? Trade, Investment and Climate Change under the Trump Administration, panel discussion moderated

by Michael B. Gerrard, featuring speakers Ben Beachy (Sierra Club), Silvia Maciunas (Center for International Governance Innovation) and Dalindyebo Shabalala (Case Western Reserve University and The Institute on Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property).


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Media Mentions and Interviews Sabin Center experts were interviewed and/or quoted directly or mentioned via one of the products produced by the Center in approximately 67 media and news items. Highlights

• “The 4 Worst Things Donald Trump Has Done to the Environment” Time

This article mentions the Sabin Center’s blog post—“Trump Appointees at Environmental, Energy and Natural Resource Management Agencies: Not Much Expertise, Plenty of Fossil Fuel Connections.” • “The Carbon Brief Interview: Michael Gerrard” Carbon Brief

In this interview, Michael Gerrard discusses what the Trump administration means for action on climate change and the potential legal battles it faces. • “Undoing the Clean Power Plan Will be a Legal Nightmare” New Republic

In this interview, Michael Burger comments on the Trump administration’s efforts to undo the Clean Power Plan. • “Trump trades the planet for a few coal jobs in a doomed industry” The Verge

In this article, Michael Gerrard weighs in on Trump’s executive order signed on March 28, which seeks to halt the federal government’s efforts to fight climate change. • “Faced with rising seas, French Polynesia ponders floating islands” Thomson Reuters Foundation

In this interview, Michael Gerrard warns that building floating islands could divert attention from dealing with the root causes of climate change.

• “This climate lawsuit could change everything. No wonder the Trump administration doesn’t want it going to trial” Washington Post

In this interview, Michael Burger discusses the implications of a climate lawsuit brought against the federal government by 21 children. • “Rules Frozen by Trump Could Melt Away Without a Trace” ProPublica

This article mentions Michael Burger and Jessica Wentz’s blog post—“Trump’s executive order on regulatory costs is not only arbitrary; it is also against the law.” • “New York’s New Sea Level Rise Will Affect Land Use, Infrastructure” New York Law Journal

In this article, Michael Gerrard and Edward McTiernan discuss the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s official sea level rise projections and how these will affect a broad range of decisions. • “A Clean Environment Is A National Good—Even When An Anti-Regulator Says Otherwise” Sierra Magazine

In this interview, Michael Gerrard comments on the need for a federal mechanism to enforce environmental standards. • “Sabin Center’s Climate ‘Deregulatory Tracker’ Could Aid Trump Opponents” Inside EPA

This article announces the launch of the Sabin Center’s climate deregulation tracker.


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Publications The Sabin Center produces papers, surveys and other legal resources, and its members edit and co-author books with other climate law and energy experts from around the globe. Our website, columbiaclimatelaw.com, contains landing pages for each of our program areas, which include links to relevant projects, publications, and other resources. In addition, the Center publishes the Climate Law Blog and maintains a growing presence on social media, which now includes over 5,000 Twitter followers and over 1,400 Facebook followers (as of as April 2017), as well as a youtube channel with videos of our live events. Highlights • “New York’s New Sea Level Rise Projections Will Affect Land Use, Infrastructure”, by Michael Gerrard and Edward McTiernan, New York Law Journal

• “Carbon Pricing in New York ISO Markets: Federal and State Issues”, by Justin Gundlach and Romany Webb (to be published by Pace Environmental Law Review)

• “Planning for the Effects of Climate Change on Natural Resources”, by Jessica Wentz, Environmental Law Reporter

• “I Beg to Differ: Taking Account of National

• “Trump’s Executive Order on Regulatory Costs Undermines Congressional Authority”, by Michael Burger and Jessica

Wentz, The Huffington Post

Circumstances under the Paris Agreement, the ICAO Market-Based Measure, and the Montreal Protocol’s HFC Amendment”, by

Susan Biniaz • “Increasing Gasoline Octane Levels to Reduce Vehicle Emissions: A Review of Federal and State Authority”, by Romany Webb

Highlights from our Climate Law Blog • “How Impact Assessment can Lead to “Climate Smart” Projects”, by Jessica Wentz • “Trump Appointees at Environmental, Energy and Natural Resource Management Agencies: Not Much Expertise, Plenty of Fossil Fuel Connections”, by Jessica Wentz

• “Is EPA Required to Ensure the Accuracy of its Website? The Information Quality Act Says yes”, by Romany Webb

• “Methane Regulation Under Trump: New Administration Looks to Remove Obama-era Controls”, by Romany Webb

• “Flood Management, Energy Efficiency Standards Among the “Ghost Rules” Quietly Withdrawn by Trump Administration”, by

Jessica Wentz and Tim Wang • “Trump’s Executive Order on Regulatory Costs is not Only Arbitrary; it is Also Against the Law”, by Michael Burger and

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Leaked BLM document lists oil, gas, and coal leasing among agency priorities (Apr. 10, 2017) EPA Shutting Down Climate Adaptation Program (The Hill, Apr. 7, 2017)

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Earth Institute The Sabin Center is a member center of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and frequently collaborates with Earth Institute scientists on cutting edge interdisciplinary research. Campus Sustainability and Climate Action: Since

America’s Waters Project: This National Sci-

his appointment as Chair of the Earth Institute Faculty in July 2015, Michael Gerrard has taken a leadership role in the campus-wide Sustainability Initiative, serving on the Senior Advisory Committee. Justin Gundlach has also been involved in the Initiative, serving on the Greenhouse Gas and Energy Focus Team. On April 25th, the Initiative’s formal proposals for improved emissions and energy accounting and novel approaches to financing investment in campus-wide emissions reductions were made public. The next large step for that Initiative is the launch of a comprehensive greenhouse gas master planning effort that will reshape decision-making relating to emissions and energy use on campus.

ence Foundation-funded project, led by Dr. Upmanu Lall, Director of the Columbia Water Center, brings together a wide range of disciplines to comprehensively model water availability, use, and the factors that influence both water demand and supply in the continental United States. The model being developed will inform decision-making in a variety of contexts, from overarching policies to specific infrastructure projects. Adam Schempp, a visiting associate research scholar at the Sabin Center and director of the Environmental Law Institute’s Western Waters Program is helping to incorporate legal data into the model and to advise on the model’s structure.


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Jessica Wentz Staff Attorney

Justin Gundlach Climate Law Fellow (2015–17)

tel: 212-854-0081

tel: 212-854-0106

jwentz@law.columbia.edu

jgundlach@law.columbia.edu

Romany Webb Climate Law Fellow (2016–18)

Tiffany Challe Communications Associate

tel: 212-854-0080

tel: 212-854-0594

rwebb@law.columbia.edu

tc2868@columbia.edu

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Kemi Adetayo Program Coordinator tel: 212-854-8213

aadetayo@law.columbia.edu

Columbia Law School Jerome Greene Hall, Room 525 435 West 116th Street, New York, New York 10027 tel: 212-854-3287 fax: 212-854-8213


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