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From A Q&A with with Professor Jody Freeman, Director of Environmental Law and Policy Program
What are some of the more innovative projects on climate change that students are working on now?
The practical, hands-on work our students get to do on issues related to climate change is really unparalleled. Led by Wendy B. Jacobs ’81 (Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the ELP’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic), and supported by our two terrific staff attorneys, Clinical Instructor Shaun Goho and Aladdine Joroff, our clinical students have for several years advised the city of Boston about options for preparing to manage the impacts of climate change, and last year, drafted regulations to implement one of the city’s climate change mitigation measures, the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance. In 2012, the Clinic advised a major national environmental group on reducing methane emissions from a natural gas fracking operation in the Bakken shale in North Dakota. This year, the Clinic filed an amicus brief in the same U.S. Supreme Court climate change case that Richard Lazarus and his students attended for oral argument, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which involved challenges to the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. The Clinic’s brief, which argued that greenhouse gas permitting has not resulted in excessive delays or costs for regulated industries, even received a shout-out from the U.S. Solicitor General during oral argument. What’s notable here is the diversity of the projects we take on, and the variety of tools the students learn to use to address climate change.
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