The Guarini Center advances innovative energy and environmental policies for a sustainable and equitable economy.

Drawing upon our faculty and fellows’ diverse areas of expertise, we tackle pressing issues from the local to global level.​

The Guarini Center announces leadership transition

From the Guarini Center:

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we recognize the passing of Professor Richard B. Stewart, founder and faculty director of the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law. Dick was a brilliant legal academic and a mentor to us at the Guarini Center and countless others. His dedication, leadership, and boundless passion for addressing complex environmental challenges inspired generations of students, scholars, and practitioners.

A true visionary, Dick established the Center in 1993. The breadth of projects that the Center works on are a tribute to Dick’s wide-ranging intellectual interests. He set high standards, and was unfailingly generous and gracious with his time and encouragement.

All of us at the Guarini Center are deeply grateful for Dick’s leadership over the years. As we mourn his loss, we recommit ourselves to carrying forward his legacy by continuing our mission—his mission. We extend our deepest condolences to Dick’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. We hope that his memory will live on in the work we do.

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Public Comments to the NYC Department of Buildings on the Proposed Rules on Penalties under Local Law 97

The Guarini Center submitted comments to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) on its proposed rules establishing penalties for noncompliance with Local Law 97, specifically Article 320 of Chapter 3 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code. 


As cities seek to increase their deployment of green infrastructure (GI), advocates and scholars have raised concerns about whether they are doing so equitably. This paper categorizes advocates’ and scholars’ proposals for advancing equity goals as cities plan and implement GI, and analyzes how four cities—Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Denver—are incorporating equity into their GI-related planning processes.

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The Guarini Center conducts research and issues publications that further our mission of facilitating the transition to a robust low-carbon economy.

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