About Us

Our Vision:

The Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment (CLEE) believes solving our most pressing environmental challenges requires actionable research, training, and engagement to accelerate the implementation of solutions. 

Our Mission:

CLEE tackles climate change and other environmental challenges at the local to global scale through the development and implementation of equitable and effective legal and policy solutions. Our expert staff leverages the world’s leading public research university to engage community leaders, government, business, and other stakeholders; to lead timely and practical research initiatives; and to train leaders to take action on our most pressing environmental problems.

Our Values:

  • Pragmatism: CLEE focuses on answering “how” questions and implementing timely and practical climate and environmental solutions
  • Collaboration: CLEE convenes policymakers, stakeholders, and other interested parties to tackle complex problems
  • Integration: CLEE builds expert multidisciplinary teams to solve problems
  • Equity: CLEE is committed to representing and including diverse perspectives to design and implement equitable solutions
  • Experience: CLEE’s experienced team of government leaders and experts brings invaluable practical knowledge to our work

A guest peers over the 2016 CLEE Annual Report
A guest peers over our 2016 Annual Report at a CLEE event on California’s Climate Path.

Our Research:

The Center’s climate and energy projects focus on 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. 

The Center’s water experts are working on interdisciplinary solutions to ensure clean water for California by addressing emerging threats to water quality, reducing conflicts between human and environmental water use, and supporting resilient urban water systems.

The Center’s sustainable land use program tackles issues such as how to revise transportation and land use policies to support healthy communities and sustainable environmental footprints.

The Center also houses the Law of the Sea Institute to facilitate development of strong governance mechanisms and institutions that provide for a healthy ocean and resilient coasts.  

A hub for E&E at Berkeley Law:


CLEE also provides a hub for the environmental and energy (E&E) law community at Berkeley Law. We provide students with information about curricular offerings, certificate programs, and career opportunities, organize speakers and other events, and engage students in various research activities.


For alumni, we provide a contact base for connecting with the E&E student programs, host events both on- and off-campus, and share our research and activities.  


For more information on our programs and activities, view our 2023 Snapshot. Our annual reports from previous years are available via our publications page.

Please contact us at clee@law.berkeley.edu to join our mailing list, ask questions, or provide comments.

CLEE’s work is made possible by the generous financial and in-kind support we receive from the extended environmental and energy law community. We extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters.