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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.


  • At a BREATHE Oregon community forum on November 12, GEI staff attorney Amelia Schlusser discussed Portland’s diesel pollution problem and the associated environmental justice impacts in local communities.
  • In a guest column published by The Oregonian, GEI director Melissa Powers explains why Oregon Gov. Kate Brown should take executive action to address the climate crisis, and why Oregon can’t afford to let Republican obstructionism derail the state’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Staff attorney Amelia Schlusser spoke with OPB’s Cassandra Profita about GEI’s recommendations for addressing Portland’s diesel pollution problem. Later in the week, Amelia discussed diesel-related policy solutions on OPB’s All Things Considered
  • In the Portland metropolitan area, pollution from diesel-fueled vehicles and engines presents a significant risk to public health and causes temperature increases that contribute to global climate change. GEI’s Deconstructing Diesel Law & Policy Roadmap aims to help local governments and community stakeholders better understand the legal frameworks and regulatory limitations local governments must navigate to effectively address diesel pollution.
  • GEI’s Deconstructing Diesel Concise Guide is now available on our publications page. The Guide provides a concise overview of the legal and policy issues surrounding diesel emissions regulation.

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