About Us

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 at the local, regional, and international levels. Our work is rooted in a belief that with appropriate strategies, regulatory policies can simultaneously achieve environmental and economic objectives. The Guarini 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 and work in the areas of Urban Environmental Law, Energy Law & Policy, Oceans, International Environmental Law, and Capacity Building each recognize the inextricable link between the environment 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 at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Who We Are

Our location in downtown New York City, the financial capital of the United States and headquarters of the United Nations, 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 private and public 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. 

"The Guarini Center is a focal point for faculty and student activities in cutting-edge topics in environmental, energy, and land use law. It promotes legal research and policy problem-solving through collaborative work by faculty, students, and research fellows."​

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