About the Center

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Our Mis­sion

The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter is a non­par­ti­san aca­d­e­m­ic cen­ter at NYU School of Law.

The Cen­ter is ded­i­cat­ed to work­ing towards a healthy and safe envi­ron­ment, guid­ed by inclu­sive and equi­table prin­ci­ples. The Cen­ter stud­ies and sup­ports the work of state attor­neys gen­er­al in defend­ing, enforc­ing, and pro­mot­ing strong laws and poli­cies in the areas of cli­mate, envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and clean energy.

Our Val­ues

→ We are focused on cli­mate, envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and clean ener­gy.

→ We give sup­port to attor­neys gen­er­al and each other.

→ Objec­tiv­i­ty & curios­i­ty inform our approach.

→ Jus­tice & equi­ty are the guid­ing prin­ci­ples at the core of our work.

Our Work

The State Impact Cen­ter’s work includes:

  • Pro­vid­ing exper­tise to inter­est­ed attor­neys gen­er­al on spe­cif­ic admin­is­tra­tive, judi­cial or leg­isla­tive mat­ters involv­ing clean ener­gy, cli­mate change and envi­ron­men­tal inter­ests of region­al and nation­al significance.
  • Assist­ing inter­est­ed attor­neys gen­er­al as they iden­ti­fy and hire NYU Law Fel­lows to serve as spe­cial assis­tant attor­neys gen­er­al in state attor­ney gen­er­al offices, focus­ing on clean ener­gy, cli­mate and envi­ron­men­tal mat­ters. NYU pays the salaries of the law fel­lows, but the fel­lows’ sole duty of loy­al­ty is to the attor­ney gen­er­al in whose office they serve. All work per­formed by the fel­lows is entire­ly iden­ti­fied and man­aged by their respec­tive AG offices.
  • Serv­ing as a cen­tral­ized pub­lic source of infor­ma­tion for ongo­ing attor­neys gen­er­al ini­tia­tives and help­ing to enhance the public’s under­stand­ing of the impor­tance of the clean ener­gy, cli­mate change and envi­ron­men­tal mat­ters that attor­neys gen­er­al are pursuing.
  • Under­tak­ing aca­d­e­m­ic research, hold­ing work­shops, and issu­ing spe­cial reports that advance legal and pol­i­cy analy­sis on clean ener­gy, cli­mate change and envi­ron­men­tal issues.
  • Build­ing an envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice resource area focused on pro­mot­ing a just tran­si­tion to clean energy.