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The Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School develops smart and comprehensive strategies to transition to a 100% renewable energy system. 

Our policy programs and projects promote renewable energy development, and our Charged Debate blog explores current energy policy issues. 

 

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    In an effort to pass a carbon pricing policy for Oregon in 2019, state lawmakers formed the Joint Interim Committee on Carbon Reduction and the Carbon Policy office during the 2018 legislative session.
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    GEI Staff Attorney Amelia Schlusser was one of three presenters for the low-carbon future group before the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) at its May SB 978 meeting, a process aimed at exploring how Oregon’s utility laws and regulatory framework should change to meet current and future needs.
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    Thanks to those of you who joined us for Swamp Ethics at Vestas yesterday afternoon. Melissa teed off the event by detailing some of the recent actions by federal officials that have caused ethical concerns in the wider community. We appreciate the engaging conversation that followed between ethics professionals Steve Johansen and Theodore Reuter as we examined the ethical boundaries for licensed lawyers acting as government officials in Oregon. Thanks to those in the audience that also contributed great questions into the mix! In case you missed it, we hope to have the event available for streaming online soon - stay tuned!
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    GEI’s team, Super Charged, participated in Pedal Pursuit on April 8th! The annual adventure bike race with trivia, physical challenges, and a clue-based course raises funds for the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC). Though we weren’t able to snag first place, we had a blast participating and encourage anyone who missed it to join us next year! Congratulations to NEDC for hosting such a fun and successful event.

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    From withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, to threats to reverse the national monument status for certain public lands, Trump’s presidency foreshadows drastic changes in the role of the federal government in addressing pressing environmental challenges. Lewis & Clark Law School’s “Environmental Law Under Trump” symposium on April 6 brought together academics, practitioners, concerned citizens, and students to discuss the impact of the administration on laws related to public lands, pollution, climate and air quality, and biodiversity.

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