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.


Issue Brief

200 Days and Counting: Trump & the Environment

Having just passed the 200th day of the Trump Administration, Professor Eric Biber and Professor Dan Farber, have published a brief analysis of the Trump Administration’s impact on environmental law thus far.

Stemming from a series of Legal Planet blog posts, this timely report focuses on the governance mechanisms that Trump and congressional Republicans could use to attack the environment, along with methods of resisting their efforts.


From the Blog


September 2017

We’re Hiring a Development Officer

CLEE is looking to expand our reach and ensure our continued engagement in effective and timely research projects to protect the environment. To achieve this goal, we’re looking for a Development Officer to join our team. 

Please see the job posting for details about this position and information about how to apply. 


September 2017

Doubling Energy Efficiency in California’s Existing Buildings: How Will We Finance It?

When: Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5-7pm
Where: Warren Room (295 Boalt), UC Berkeley School of Law

UC Berkeley and UCLA Law held an evening event on energy efficiency retrofit finance at UC Berkeley Law on Thursday, September 21st.

Following up on our 2016  report, Powering the Savings, speakers, included California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister, focusing on recent innovations, new policies, and promising success stories on metered energy efficiency that the state can build on to achieve these ambitious and necessary climate and energy goals.


August 2017

Issue Brief: The Next 40 Years of California’s Coastal Act

Drawing from the discussions during our November 2016 symposium, CLEE and our partners have drafted an issue brief outlining key challenges for California’s coastal governance. Using lessons from California history in preserving its coast, The Past, Present, and Future of California’s Coastal Act: Overcoming Division to Comprehensively Manage the Coast identifies key questions we need to answer and begins to chart a course for the next 40 years of Coastal Act implementation.


August 2017

California’s Climate Programs Brought 41,000 Jobs and $9.1 Billion to the Inland Empire

CLEE and our research partners have completed the first comprehensive, academic study of the economic effects of existing climate and clean energy policies in Southern California’s Inland Empire. Together with UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education, and working with the nonpartisan nonprofit Next 10, the study, The Net Economic Impacts of California’s Major Climate Programs in the Inland Empire, estimates a net benefit of $9.1 billion in direct economic activity and 41,000 net direct jobs from 2010 to 2016 in the region.

Also see our webinar discussion of these findings.


August 2017

Will Chevron be Overruled? Would it Matter?

farber_danielChevron v. NRDC has been central to environmental law and administrative law for years. With an increasingly conservative Supreme Court, some are speculating that Chevron could be overruled, which would have sweeping repercussions.

Writing for the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Forum, Professor Dan Farber discusses the likelihood of this happening and what we could expect as a result.  


August 2017

Plugging Away: How to Boost Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

California will need widespread consumer adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in order to achieve the state’s environmental and energy goals. But achieving these goals will require a significant boost to EV charging infrastructure, particularly in workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, and fast charge “plazas.”

Because charging station installation and maintenance typically entails high costs, with often uncertain revenues, policy action will be required. Our newly released report explores policy solutions to address this challenge.