The CENTER FOR LAW, ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT (CLEE) works with government, business, and the nonprofit sector to help solve urgent environmental and energy problems. Drawing on the combined expertise of faculty and students across UC Berkeley, CLEE conducts influential research and provides public access to reliable data on such complex issues as climate change, conversion to clean energy, and water scarcity.  

The center’s energy experts are helping California transition to clean and renewable energy sources, introduce reforms that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mandate more efficient vehicles, and establish and meet low carbon thresholds. They are also working with state leaders on revising transportation and land use policy to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Other CLEE initiatives include protecting freshwater resources in California, advancing electric vehicle adoption, and identifying measures to reduce the amount of energy needed to deliver water.

View our 2013 Annual Report and our 2012 Annual Report

Our Environmental Law Program

At Berkeley Law, we approach environmental law within a broad context of the social, economic, and political forces that shape law and public policy. Our faculty members are recognized authorities in the environmental, economic, and political science fields, and epitomize the school’s interdisciplinary vision.

Faculty and Students pursue initiatives that:

  • help implement California’s climate change policies and chart the future of national climate change policy;
  • develop creative ideas for protecting and allocating water resources;
  • advance national, state, and local energy policy;
  • improve conservation policy at the state and national levels; and
  • help businesses adapt to the demands of climate change.


Berkeley Law: The Right School at the Right Time

More than four decades ago, Berkeley Law pioneered the field of environmental law. Today our program is one of the most robust in the country. Our faculty is internationally renowned. Our up-to-the-minute curriculum includes the nation’s first course on climate change law and policy. And CLEE conducts multidisciplinary research and translates empirical findings into smart public policy solutions.

Our scholars collaborate with other top researchers across UC Berkeley to address the thorniest environmental problems facing the state, the nation, and the world. Among them: clean energy, biodiversity, land use, ocean governance, water scarcity, and global warming. They also partner with influential practitioners and policymakers in California—a state that leads the country in innovative responses to environmental challenges. Our students work alongside these faculty experts and—thanks to our location in the San Francisco Bay Area—get to engage with some of the most established and dynamic green activist organizations on the planet.   UC Berkeley is home to:

  • ~300 of the world’s leading environmental scholars
  • Seven Nobel laureates
  • More than 130 members of the U.S. National Academies
  • 87 environmental research centers
  • 86 undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs that focus on the environment
  • 60 campus environmental organizations involving faculty, students, and staff


  Dean Christopher Edley, Jr. and four faculty members discuss recent advancements in four programmatic areas: business law, international law, environmental law, and law and technology.

  Download Video. Right-click and choose 'Save as' to download file (iPod/iPhone compatible).


   In this excerpt from the main video, Dean Edley and Lecturer in Residence Steve Weissman discuss the strengthening of the environmental law curriculum, including an increased emphasis on cleantech.  

  Download Video.  Right-click and choose 'Save as' to download file (iPod/iPhone compatible).