Clinics, Centers, and Experiential Learning
Our award-winning, pioneering Environmental Litigation Clinic incorporates students into a thriving environmental law practice representing public interest groups.
The Land Use Law Center fosters the development of sustainable communities by promoting innovative land use strategies and dispute resolution techniques.
The Energy and Climate Center’s mission is to protect the earth’s environment by transforming the ways society supplies and consumes energy.
Projects and News
Projects and News
• Stop the Pipeline v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: On behalf of Stop the Pipeline, the Clinic has been aggressively challenging the construction of the Constitution Pipeline, which would cut through otherwise pristine New York forest. It successfully prevented any tree cutting in New York and helped to convince NYSDEC to deny the Pipeline’s application for a water quality certification.
• With support from New York Sea Grant, the Center conducted a Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program for Long Island communities, emphasizing innovative approaches to sea level rise adaption, economic development, hazard mitigation, and natural resource protection as a way to strengthen community planning, regulation, and decision-making.
• The Center established Haub as the leading academic institution engaged in the history-making New York Reforming the Energy Vision (“REV”) initiative, helping to shape the future of electric service and markets in New York.
• Construction of the New NY Bridge: On behalf of Riverkeeper, the Clinic served notices of its intent to sue the New York State Thruway Authority regarding its construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement, which is killing endangered Hudson River sturgeon in violation of the Endangered Species Act and stirring up heavily contaminated sediment in violation of the Clean Water Act.
• The Center provided technical support to the NYSolar Smart Planning and Zoning Working Group and Sustainable CUNY (City University of New York) to develop the Model Solar Energy Law and Toolkit, which helps communities adopt zoning provisions that promote solar energy systems while protecting community character and the environment. @LandUseLC
• As a public interest party in every New York electric utility rate case, the Center secured important regulatory decisions supporting clean energy development relating to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, emissions from small generators, and much more. • The Center formed the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition, an unprecedented coalition of regional solar business associations, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways Program. @Paceenergy
years since the environmental law program opened its doors
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A member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies engages in innovative projects addressing global environmental challenges. Projects and News • Co-Director Dean Emeritus Richard L. Ottinger will host a “Knowledge Café” panel on the economic advantages of energy efficiency and renewable energy for the conservation of nature and the service of countries’ economic development aspirations. It will feature expert panelists from Pakistan, China, Singapore, Italy and the United States. • Co-Director Professor Nicholas Robinson delivered a keynote address at the IUCN/ UNEP World Congress on Environmental Law in Rio de Janeiro. The Congress launched the IUCN Global Judicial Institute on the Environment, a project that the Center has advanced since 1998. Also in Rio, the College of Magistrates of Rio de Janeiro honored Robinson with its medal of excellence for his endeavors to support the courts and maintain juridical culture. @GlobalCELS
of environmental students pass the New York bar exam as first-time takers
environmental alumni living and working in 40 countries around the world
full time faculty working on environmental law
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