The Guarini Center: Advancing innovative energy and environmental policies for a sustainable economy

Our Mission and Approach

The Guarini Center focuses on environmental and energy challenges that range from global climate change to regional energy policy.

Our work is rooted in a belief that with appropriate strategies, regulatory policies can simultaneously achieve environmental and economic objectives. The Center endeavors to advance such strategies. Specifically, through policy-relevant research and multi-stakeholder dialogues with professionals in government, business, law and the NGO community, we identify legal and policy solutions for tackling environmental and energy challenges.

Research Initiatives

The Guarini Center conducts research and issues publications that further our mission of facilitating the transition to a robust, low-carbon economy. Our current research projects in the areas of – Energy Law and Policy, International Climate Action, and Urban Environmental Law & Policy– each recognize the inextricable link between climate and energy and the necessity of developing innovative policy tools to drive systemic change.

Public and Private Events

Through frequent public and private events, the Guarini Center facilitates candid discourse between academics, environmental advocates, regulators and professionals in the energy and financial industries.

In the climate sphere, the Guarini Center has hosted numerous leaders including Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action; Tillman Thomas, Prime Minister of Grenada; and Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau. The Center has also hosted several major workshops on Climate Finance at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Examples of recent Guarini Center speakers on energy policy include, Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State; Daniel Esty, former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment; Richard Miller, Director of Energy Market Policy Group at Con Edison; Audrey Zibelman, Chairwoman of the New York Public Service Commission; and many more.

Who We Are

Our location in downtown New York City, the financial capital of the U.S and headquarters of the UN., combined with our faculty and fellows’ extensive experience working at the intersection of energy, environmental and economic concerns, position us well to build bridges between the relevant business and policy communities. The Guarini Center’s Faculty Director, Richard B. Stewart, former Chairman of the Environmental Defense Fund, has long been recognized as one of the nation’s foremost experts on the use of market-mechanisms in environmental policy and international climate finance. For a full listing of our faculty, fellows and staff with short biographies see here.