Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center

For more than 50 years, the University of Oregon School of Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law (ENR) Center's focus on public interest environmental law and commitment to innovations in environmental legal education have made it one of the nation's most respected programs.



 2019 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference: Common Ground 

At the University of Oregon

February 28-March 3, 2019

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Tribal Tools & Legal Levers for Halting Fossil Fuel Transport & Exports Through the Pacific Northwest  

The Native Environmental Sovereignty Project under the guidance of Professor Mary Wood published "Tribal Tools and Legal Levers for Halting Fossil Fuel Transport & Exports Through the Pacific Northwest" in the American Indian Law Journal. This article highlights strategic legal avenues available to tribes in both on- and off-reservation contexts. Read their work here. 

ENR Welcomes New Research Associate, Michelle Smith 

Michelle Smith has accepted an appointment as the newest Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center (ENR) Research Associate for the University of Oregon School of Law. Michelle with assess how existing legal tools and policies can answer environmnetal problems, and how new policies, frameworks, and partnerships can be implemented to support conservation goals. Learn more here. 

Oregon's 2019 Legislative Session: Carbon Reductions on the Agenda 

Friday January 18, 2019 at UO Portland, the White Stag Block. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the planet has to substantially reduce its carbon pollution. In the 2019 Legislative Session, Oregon will consider doing its part. The state legislature will take up legislation to reduce the state's emissions of carbon pollution and join California and Quebec in the Western Climate Initiative. Please join us as we explore this issue with key policymakers and experts. Begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and ends with a networking lunch. Watch here. 

12th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture 

On October 29, 2018, Professor Gerald Torres spoke as the 12th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecturer at the University of Oregon School of Law. His topic was "Fishing Rights after Washington v. U.S." and he discussed the recent Supreme Court case, as well as the concept of rights in general. Professor Torres is the Jane M. G. Foster Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He is an authority on critical race theory, environmental law, and Federal Indian Law. Watch here. 

Professor Greg Dotson Comments on the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule

Professor Dotson submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under section 202 of the Clean Air Act and California’s authority to do so pursuant to section 209(b) of the Clean Air Act. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) explicitly protects the EPA and California authority.  Read more here. 

Reclaiming Climate Balance Through Sky Cleanup  

Professor Mary Christina Wood has developed a “three-gear” strategy to catalyze recovery of our carbon-flooded atmosphere, which she argues is the air-equivalent of an oil spill. These interlocking gears include: #1) An Atmospheric Recovery Plan; #2) A Natural Resource Damage Litigation Strategy; and #3) A Sky Trust. Read more here.

O'Connell Conference 2018

On September 7, the ENR Center Co-hosted The O'Connell Conference. The topic this year was "Rajneeshpuram: Legal Legacy and Lessons." Land Use attorneys Bob Stacey and Ed Sullivan, who were involved in the case in the 1980's, both shared their perspective on how the case shaped Oregon's land use law. Watch here.

Prescribed Fire Policy Barriers and Opportunities

Doug Quirke, ENR Research Associate, in partnership with The Ecosystem Workforce Program, Colorado State University, and the Public Lands Policy Group conducted a project investigating policies that limit managers’ ability to conduct prescribed on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in the 11 Western states.  Read more here. 

Charging Forward: The Future of Energy in Oregon 

On Friday, April 13th the Green Business Initiative Student Association (GBI) and the Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Law Center will be holding a symposium entitled “Charging Forward: the Future of Energy in Oregon.” This one-day symposium will be held at the University of Oregon White Stag Building in Portland, OR. The focus of the event will be on the future of energy in Oregon. The three main areas of discussion will be emerging technologies and businesses, state carbon policy, and the Public Utility Commission process. Learn more here. 

Watch a Live Stream of the Symposium Here

Adell Amos Teams up with a Multi- Institutional Group Led By Oregon State University   

Uncertainty about global climate changes heightens the need to anticipate water shortages worldwide. Amos, University of Oregon Law faculty water expert, teamed up with a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional group led by Oregon State University that published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Willamette Water 2100 project used an integrated approach to evaluate how climate change, population growth, economic growth, and reservoir operations will change the availability and the use of water in the Willamette River Basin over the 21st century. Read More  

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