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.


ENR Center Moves Up in National Ranking

The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center of the University of Oregon School of Law is again a top-ranked academic program according to U.S. News and World Report. Tied at #11, ENR shares company with Columbia, Georgetown, and Stanford Universities. The ENR Center has consistently ranked among the leading environmental law programs in the U.S. for 13 years.

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.  


 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

 State and Tribal Action in a Time of Federal Uncertainty 

On October 27, 2017 Oregon Law hosted an inaugural Works in Progress Conference on "State and Tribal Action on Climate Change in a Time of Federal Uncertainty" Faculty of Oregon's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center welcomed the following legal scholars: David Adelman, University of Texas School of Law; Michael Blumm, Lewis and Clark Law School; Maxine Burkett, University of Hawai'i School of Law; Michael Burger, Columbia Law; Victor Flatt, University of Houston Law Center; Emily Hammond, George Washington University Law School; Kathryn Kovacs, Rutgers Law School; Douglas Kysar, Yale Law School; Kalyani Robbins, Florida International University; Rebecca Tsosie, University of Arizona School of Law; and Shelley Welton, University of South Carolina School of Law. 

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  

 West Coast Cooperation on Climate Change 

 On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the ENR Center and Wayne Morse Center hosted a symposium in Portland on law, politics, and intergovernmental cooperation featuring experts from the governments of California, Washington, and Oregon, as well as scholarly experts in environmental law. Watch here


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