About the Center

Our Mission

The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center is a nonpartisan academic center at NYU School of Law. The State Impact Center is dedicated to working towards a healthy and safe environment, guided by inclusive and equitable principles. The State Impact Center studies and supports: (1) 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; and (2) the work of state utility regulators in advancing affordable, reliable, equitable, 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.
  • New in 2023! The State Impact Center is launching a pilot of our legal fellows program to support state public utility commissions. Please reach out to [email protected] for more information about the pilot program, and check back here for open job postings.
  • 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.
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Year in Review: 2023 at the State Impact Center

To get an idea of what our work includes, take a look back at what we accomplished in 2023! Our analysis of greenwashing regulations was cited by AGs; we tracked how well the Biden admin’s energy & environmental policies are holding up in court; and much more!