Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) channels the expertise of the Berkeley Law community into pragmatic, creative policy solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges.


New Report: Trading Sustainably

California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) opens the door for local groundwater markets, but questions remain about when a local groundwater market might be a useful and appropriate management tool.

Our just-released report, Trading Sustainably: Critical Considerations for Local Groundwater Markets Under SGMA, outlines a set of considerations designed to help decision makers and stakeholders evaluate whether a local groundwater market might be a viable tool for sustainably managing their groundwater basins and, if so, how to effectively implement it.

From the Blog

We’ve won the Imagine H20 California Water Policy Challenge

CLEE, and our partners at Water and Power Law Group PC, have won the 2017 Imagine H20 Water Policy challenge for our modern water rights database proposal.

Effective administration of California water resources requires a water rights database that includes all water rights and their terms, a system that doesn’t yet exist. We will now be undertaking a pilot project to push forward this effort for a searchable database that supports managements decisions and fosters sustainability.

The water rights database is complementary to other work we are conducting on water data.

Planning for Utility-Scale Solar PV in the San Joaquin Valley: What Does the Future Hold? 

When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Farella Braun + Martel, San Francisco

A PATH FORWARD May 2016 COVERCLEE co-hosted a a panel with the Environmental Law Institute and Farella Braun + Martel to discuss how stakeholders and policy makers can ensure that future solar PV deployment occurs only in “least-conflict” (land on which solar development is least likely to engender objections and possibly litigation) lands in the San Joaquin Valley region and beyond. Panelists discussed some of the findings from last year’s influential CLEE report, A Path Forward: Identifying Least-Conflict Solar PV Development in California’s San Joaquin Valley.


We’re hiring a Water Law & Policy Fellow

We’re looking for a talented and passionate individual to join our water law and policy program.  This is a terrific opportunity to join a dynamic team and help build a more sustainable California.

To find out more, take a look at the job posting.

Environmental & Energy Law Certificates Ceremony

When: Thursday, May 11, 10am-12:30pm
Where: Warren Room (295 Boalt Hall)

Students, faculty, staff and the broader Environmental and Energy law community joined us to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and award Certificates of Specialization in Environmental and Energy & Clean Technology Law. We thanks everyone who attended and helped to make this such a special annual event.

Real Estate Choices Help California Meet Climate Goals and Grow Local Economies

Right Type, Right PlaceOur new report Right Type, Right Place: Assessing the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Infill Residential Development through 2030 finds that encouraging new housing development in infill areas would spur economic growth, reduce monthly housing costs, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

A collaboration with the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley and commissioned by Next 10, this is the first comprehensive academic study of its kind.

Reviewing the Year and Looking Ahead

5a1a7597Highlighting our efforts over the past months and providing a look forward to our projects in 2017, we are delighted to share our 2016 Annual Report.

With a summary of all of our research projects over the past year, from efforts to spur innovation in wastewater management and new methods to find the best lands for solar photovoltaic development, we hope that you will enjoy a quick look!