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Jan. 12, 2021 – The Future of the Regulatory State: In Celebration of Richard Stewart’s 50th Year of Teaching

Tuesday, January 1210am – 6:30pm Via Zoom Agenda & Papers In fall 1971, Richard Stewart began teaching at the Harvard Law School. In the intervening 50 years, he has written seminal papers in administrative and environmental law, served in the US government, conducted law reforms efforts around the world and become a globally renowned legal […]

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Sep. 15, 2020 – Carbon Trading for Buildings? Insights from the German Emissions Trading Program

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Via Zoom* Zoom link to be provided after registration Please register here In the fall of 2019, Germany adopted novel climate legislation that calls for the establishment of a trading program for carbon emissions from the transportation and building sectors. The new law, which has already generated substantial controversy, will take […]

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Jun 2, 2020 – NYU on NYC: The Future of Our City After COVID

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12-1pm on Zoom Please Register Here Join leading NYU scholars for a webinar on imagining the future of New York City in a post-COVID world. Speakers Ingrid Gould Ellen, Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy & Planning; Faculty Director, Furman Center  Robert L. Hawkins, Assistant Dean & McSilver Associate Professor of […]

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The Urban Environmental Renaissance

Danielle Spiegel-Feld & Katrina Wyman City governments were an important source of environmental protection in the United States from the 1800s until well into the 1900s. However, since Congress passed a series of landmark environmental statutes in the 1970s, scholars have primarily equated environmental law with federal law. To the extent that scholars consider subnational […]

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Impact of mandatory energy audits on building energy use

Constantine Kontokosta, Danielle Spiegel-Feld & Sokratis Papadopoulos Nature Energy (2020) Cities are increasingly adopting energy policies that reduce information asymmetries and knowledge gaps through data transparency, including energy disclosure and mandatory audit requirements for existing buildings. Although such audits impose non-trivial costs on building owners, their energy use impacts have not been empirically evaluated. Here […]

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Closing the high seas to fishing: A club approach

Jessica Green & Bryce RudykMarine Policy, Volume 115, May 2020, 103855The world’s fisheries are governed by a vast, and largely ineffective, set of international and regional institutions. If we are to preserve and manage what remains of the oceans’ fisheries, bolder solutions are needed. In this paper, we present a new approach: closing the high […]

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Reforming CEQR: Improving Mitigation Under the City Environmental Quality Review Process

The City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) is the process by which agencies in the City of New York evaluate their discretionary actions for environmental effects. As an extension of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), it imposes a substantive mandate on agencies to “act and choose alternatives” which minimize or avoid significant […]