PolicyInitiative

Our Vision: Responding to today’s energy and environmental challenges with real world legal analysis and collaborative problem solving.

The Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI) provides real world legal analysis for today’s environmental and energy challenges. We promote creative problem solving and productive engagement through rigorous legal research, and outreach to decision-makers, stakeholders, and the general public. EPI works in four broad areas:

Across these issue areas, decision-makers are faced with challenges posed by technological advances, restructured electricity markets, and climate change. These dynamic situations require innovative, nimble responses that at the same time are grounded in a thoughtful policy framework.

We work with policymakers, advocacy organizations, industry groups, and other stakeholders, and are always interested in hearing new perspectives. You can connect with the Policy Initiative by contacting EPI staff:

  • Kate Konschnik, Director – kkonschnik@law.harvard.edu, 617.495.5704
  • Ari Peskoe, Senior Fellow in Electricity Law – apeskoe@law.harvard.edu 617.495.4425
  • Jamie Konopacky, Climate and Energy Law Fellow – jkonopacky@law.harvard.edu, 617.496.5934

The EPI Approach:

Real World Legal Analysis

Our research begins with practical governance considerations. Law is just words on paper if it doesn’t achieve stated goals or change with the times. We consider how the law operates in the “real world” – accounting for budgetary constraints, political trends, competing interests, and institutional inertia. Analysis that understands this context will prompt realistic solutions and enhance the success of an environmental program.
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Problem Solving and Productive Engagement

Environmental issues arise from the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. To find innovative, long-lasting solutions, we need a multi-disciplinary approach. While we begin our analysis from a legal perspective, we partner with natural science, economics, public health, and technical experts to complement that analysis.

We also partner with regulators and regulated entities, to inform how we can reach diverse audiences and find common ground in solutions to the challenges we face. Understanding stakeholders face competing demands and time constraints, we translate our research into practical products such as checklists, white papers, workshops, podcasts, and tailored consultations.