December 02, 2021

Green Energy Institute Attorney Appointed to Oregon Commission

Amy Schlusser JD ’13 LLM ’14 is named as commissioner with the influential state environmental body that oversees the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Amy Schlusser JD ’13, LLM ’14, staff attorney with the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School, was recently confirmed to serve as a member of the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, the rulemaking and policy board for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

“Amy has led the Green Energy Institute’s (GEI) work on Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-04 before DEQ,” said GEI director and professor Melissa Powers. “She served on the rulemaking advisory committee for the Climate Protection Program, DEQ’s proposed rulemaking to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels and direct-use natural gas in Oregon. We are excited and proud that her hard work has been recognized.”

“Serving as a member of the commission,” said Schlusser, “will enable me to apply my climate and energy law expertise to rulemaking decisions and support the state’s efforts to adopt equitable and effective environmental policies.”

Schlusser has been with GEI since its founding in 2013. After serving as one of the original LLM energy law fellows, she joined the organization as a staff attorney in 2014. She has extensive experience with a broad variety of legal and regulatory frameworks relating to climate change, energy, transportation, and air pollution. Her work focuses on developing effective and equitable policy pathways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate a just and equitable transition to a clean and renewable energy system.

Schlusser has authored multiple legal and policy analyses on a variety of climate and energy related topics, and she regularly shares key findings with policymakers and stakeholders. She participates in regulatory proceedings convened by Oregon’s environmental and energy regulatory agencies and engages with city and county governments on policy and planning processes. She also collaborates with climate and environmental justice advocates and community-based organizations on initiatives to advance a just and equitable energy transition, and works with stakeholders in the nonprofit, industry, and academic sectors to address barriers to renewable energy development and advance electrification of the transportation and building sectors.

Governor Brown announced the Oregon senate confirmation with this release.