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A Brief Timeline of Environmental Law—Nationally and at Lewis & Clark Law School

At Lewis & Clark

 

Nationally

1962

Biologist Rachel Carson’s book
Silent Spring sparks public outrage

1969

Northwest Environmental
Defense Center (NEDC) founded

National Environmental Policy
Act (NEPA) passes in Congress

Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River catches fire

1970

Lewis & Clark’s Environmental
Law Review, first legal journal
dedicated to environmental issues,
publishes first edition

Congress passes Clean Air Act (CAA)

First Earth Day observed by
more than 20 million people

U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) begins operations

1971

Offers first course on
environmental regulation

1972

Congress passes major revision
to Federal Insecticide, Fungicide,
and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA),
intended to protect Americans
from pesticides, passes

Congress passes Clean Water Act (CWA)

1973

Adds natural resources classes,
expanding Environmental Law Program

Endangered Species Act (ESA) passes

1974

Establishes Natural Resources Law Institute

1976

Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act (RCRA), which tasks EPA with
regulating hazardous waste, passes

1980

Congress establishes
Superfund program
(CERCLA) for
hazardous waste sites

Offers certificate in
environmental law

1981

Offers LLM degree in environmental law

1988

Northern spotted owl listed as threatened

1990

November: Snake River sockeye
salmon listed as endangered

1991

Establishes International
Environmental Law Project (IELP)

1994

Establishes Earthrise Law Center

1996

Kyoto Protocol adopted internationally

1997

Wins ABA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in
Environmental Law and Policy for
“improving the substance, process, or
understanding of environmental protection
and sustainable development”

United States withdraws from Kyoto Protocol

2001

U.S. News & World Report ranks
Environmental Law Program No.1

2006

Establishes Green Energy Institute (GEI)

2012

Offers MLS degree in environmental law

2014/15

Paris Agreement adopted

2016

Trump administration notes intention
to withdraw (in 2020) from Paris Agreement

2017

Offers certificate in energy, innovation,
and sustainability

2018

Offers online LLM program
in environmental law

U.S. News & World Report ranks
Environmental Law
Program No.1 for sixth time

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