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.


We’ve won the Imagine H20 California Water Policy Challenge

CLEE, and our partners at Water Power Law Group LC, have just been announced the winner of the 2017 Imagine H20 Water Policy challenge for our proposal for a modern water rights database.

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.

Events & Updates

Environmental & Energy Law Certificates Ceremony

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

We invite students, faculty, staff and the broader Environmental and Energy law community to join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and award Certificates of Specialization in Environmental and Energy & Clean Technology Law. We hope to see you there for this very special annual event.

Please RSVP for this event by May 1, 2017.

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!


California Climate Policies Bringing Over $13 Billion to San Joaquin Valley

5a1a7597While climate programs are under political attack in California and nationally, we find that these programs have a total economic benefit of more than $13 billion on the San Joaquin Valley including the creation of over 30,000 jobs.

Our report, The Economic Impacts of the California’s Major Climate Programs on the San Joaquin Valley, examines the impact of cap-and-trade, renewable energy, and energy efficiency programs in the Valley.

Also see our op-ed in the Sacramento Bee and our webinar discussion of these findings.


Two Research Fellows Join CLEE5a1a7597

John Bowie is a graduate of Pace Law School. His recent work includes an analysis of energy efficiency programs and case studies of innovative finance in renewable energy. He joined the Wheeler Institute in November and is focusing on translating policy lessons from the energy sector to California water.

Alida Cantor received her PhD in Geography from Clark University in 2016. Her dissertation focused on the discourses, politics, and laws used to justify controversial rural-to-urban water transfers in California. Alida will be joining the Wheeler Institute in January.


Holly Doremus Named AAAS Fellowdoniger_thumb

Professor and CLEE Faculty Co-Director Holly Doremus was just named a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor hails her contributions to innovation, education and scientific leadership, “particularly involving the complex interactions among natural science, social science and policy.”



Recent Publications