Faculty and students here work on a wide array of environmental issues. Clinical student projects, for example, range from an amicus brief for a case about genetically modified alfalfa to a study recommending changes to a state tax code to enable more installation of renewable energy. Our faculty have worked on prominent issues, ranging from climate change to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf.

Across environmental law, we will continue to tackle the most pressing energy and environmental issues of our time.

This page highlights issues where we have had a sustained focus, enabling students to develop areas of expertise and faculty to become leading experts in these areas. The issues include:

  • Environmental Deregulation in the Trump Administration: there have been an unprecedented number of environmental regulatory rollbacks and rollback attempts since Trump became president. HLS students have helped research and track these developments in our ever-expanding rollback tracker.
  • Electricity Law: Our Electricity Law Initiative supports the development of state and federal policies that reflect modern realities and enable a cleaner grid. We look for on the cracks in the electricity sector’s legal foundation that have been exposed by changes in the industry’s structure and available technologies.
  • Clean Air Act Regulation of Greenhouse Gases: A landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2007 paved the way for EPA regulation of greenhouse gases. Our faculty and students have played critically important roles since the beginning.
  • Shale Gas Policy: We have worked to provide guidance to people affected by shale gas development, investigated best regulatory practices, and analyzed the role that information disclosure plays in regulating development.
  • Offshore drilling: Clinical students have investigated regulation and oversight of offshore drilling, particularly in the Arctic.