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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. 



  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Renewable energy projects provided Oregon counties more than $120 million in direct tax revenue over the past four years and nearly $32 million in tax year 2017-2018 alone, according to our latest study, Renewable Energy & Direct Public Revenues in Oregon. Rural counties in Oregon were by far the greatest beneficiaries of this revenue: in the 2017-2018 tax year, Sherman County received more than $12.5 million, Gilliam County received more than $8.5 million, and Umatilla, Morrow, and Malheur Counties each received around $2.5 million in direct tax payments from renewable energy projects. Read the full report for more information.

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