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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. 



  • House Bill 2007 (HB2007) would direct the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) to: phase out old diesel engines by requiring a 2010 model year or newer engine in regulated trucks by 2029; adopt rules to prohibit regulated entities from adding trucks with older engines to their fleets, and adopt an inspection and emission control label program to determine whether trucks entering the state comply with federal standards.

  • What an amazing Day of Giving! With the strong support of the Lewis & Clark Law School community, we met the match of 100 gifts with a total of 182 gifts in 24 hours, raising nearly $24,000. 
  • The Green Energy Institute is proud to be a partner with New Seasons’ Bag it Forward program! When New Seasons’ shoppers bring in their own reusable bags (or reusable bulk bags, jars, or other containers), they can opt to donate their 5 cent reusable bag refund to a community non-profit through the Bag it Forward program.
  • GEI Team
    The law school’s Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law Program is now accepting applications from Lewis & Clark JD students who will be graduating in May of 2019 for a Green Energy Institute (GEI) Fellow position to begin in the summer or fall of 2019.  The one-year fellowship provides a tuition-free LLM degree offered pursuant to Lewis & Clark’s joint JD/LLM degree program.
  • On February 9, GEI brought together an engaging group of experts to discuss the transition to tomorrow’s energy system. “We have to recognize that the incumbency dynamic associated with our existing resources and economy will require us to be far more strategic, far more generous, far more creative than even the moonshot required,” stated Melissa Powers, professor of law and director of GEI. This urgent need for comprehensive and strategic change led the GEI team to organize Tomorrow’s Energy System. The full-day conference featured elected officials, renewable energy and utility executives, regulators, and advocacy leaders who discussed the barriers to ambitious climate change mitigation and ways to overcome them.

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