Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Events

Pat Parenteau, emeritus professor of law

Now the Hard Part: Environmental Advocacy in the 21st Century: Professor Pat Parenteau

September 13, 2022

Pat Parenteau, emeritus professor of law, senior fellow for climate policy at Vermont Law School, delivered a sobering lecture about how climate change has affected the current state of Earth and its people, and the actions environmental law students and advocates can take now that give us hope.

Mary C. Wood

Protecting an Ecological Endowment for Posterity: Mary C. Wood

March 16, 2022

Mary C. Wood, the Philip H. Knight professor of law at the University of Oregon and the founding faculty director of the nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, delivered a virtual talk on her recent book, Nature’s Trust: Protecting an Ecological Endowment for Posterity, which sets forth a new paradigm of global ecological responsibility.

Credit: Dmitri Maruta

Annual Environmental Law Symposium: The Clean Water Act

April 8, 2022

The Clean Water Act at 50: Requiem or Resurrection? considered the legacy of the Clean Water Act over five decades at the annual symposium of the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program, in collaboration with the Environmental Law Review.

A diverse group of industry players, stakeholders, and legal scholars examined four issues: TMDLs, waters and wetlands of the United States, agricultural and nonpoint source pollution, and environmental justice issues. Professors who spoke are publishing papers in the Lewis & Clark Environmental Law Review.

Sally Jewell Sally JewellEnvironmental Law’s 50th Anniversary Event: An Evening With Sally Jewell

October 5, 2021

Sally Jewell, secretary of the interior under the Obama administration and former president and chief executive officer of REI, shared her thoughts on addressing climate change in a conversation hosted virtually with Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law Melissa Powers ’01.

As part of the continuing celebration recognizing the Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program’s 50th anniversary, Jewell discussed the state of our climate and how to inspire change in current and future generations.

Post-COP26: Outcomes for Climate Justice

November 18, 2021

Discussing the outcomes and goals for climate action at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, professors Melissa Powers ’01 and Lisa Benjamin joined Nikki Reisch, the climate and energy director of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), at a post-COP webinar cohosted by the environmental law program and Green Energy Institute.

The group discussed temperature goals, the international carbon market (Article 6 of the Paris Agreement), the need to revisit questions of loss and damage to support the most vulnerable populations unable to adapt, and climate finance that cuts across all issues. The group also evaluated whether the outcome in Glasgow really delivered on the promises made in Paris. Akriti Bhargava ’22 moderated the panel.