The Environmental & Energy Law Program influences policy discussions about environmental, climate, and energy issues.
We promote informed decision-making by analyzing legal and policy aspects of real-world environmental and energy challenges, grounded in today’s political realities.
We are a teaching, research, and policy program housed at Harvard Law School. We train the next generation of environmental lawyers, produce high-level faculty scholarship, transform that scholarship into concrete proposals, and provide expert legal analysis for policymakers.
We track and analyze federal regulatory processes, litigation, executive actions, and state policies, and assess what progress they make toward clean energy, environmental protection, and better public health outcomes. We study interactions between federal, state, and local policymakers to provide legal solutions to potential conflicts, and present opportunities to mitigate environmental issues with legal mechanisms that are well-suited to each situation.
We are working to create a future where institutions will protect public health and the environment with solutions that reflect the scale of our problems, and are based in the current science.