The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) is a law class that produces a joint publication between Vanderbilt Law School and the Environmental Law Institute in the August issue of the Environmental Law Report. Each year, Vanderbilt Law students identify the year's best academic articles that present legal and policy solutions to pressing environmental problems.
Climate change is widely regarded as one of the most difficult problems facing modern society. Developing legal, economic, and social responses requires interdisciplinary research that is theoretically sophisticated and policy-relevant.
The Climate Change Research Network at Vanderbilt includes a team of faculty and graduate students who are conducting theoretical and applied research on one of the most important and most widely overlooked sources of greenhouse gases: individual and household behavior. The research also explores how insights from law and the social and behavioral sciences can reduce corporate carbon emissions. The Climate Change Research Network is affiliated with the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment.
The Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment (VIEE) facilitates innovative research, education, and outreach to explore and solve modern environmental and energy problems. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary work among law, business, the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and engineering.
The Owen Graduate School of Management has been ranked as one of the leading business school programs in environmental management as reported by the World Resources Institute. The Owen School, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Religious Studies, and other Vanderbilt University schools and departments also offer graduate-level courses on environmental topics.
The Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies (VCEMS) is a center for interdisciplinary environmental research and teaching focusing on environmental management and stewardship. VCEMS is a Vanderbilt University initiative of the Law School, the School of Engineering, the Graduate School, and the Owen Graduate School of Management. VCEMS organizes annual symposia on topics such as risk communication and corporate environmental reporting. VCEMS graduates work in a variety of disciplines in academic institutions, non-profit organizations, corporations, and government. Professor Vandenbergh serves as the Law School's faculty participant in VCEMS.
"Beyond Gridlock," an article by Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan, examines how private governance can bypass government gridlock on climate change and buy time for a national and international carbon price. Private initiatives can reduce carbon emissions without the coercive power or resources of government by correcting market and behavioral failures and by drawing on the support for mitigation that exists in a subset of the population.
The Climate at Vanderbilt podcast reports on faculty, students, research, and programs at Vanderbilt University focused on climate change. Faculty at Vanderbilt conducting research on climate change come from a broad array of disciplines, including engineering, public health and medicine, earth sciences, religious studies, law, biological sciences, history, business, and anthropology. Vanderbilt also offers an innovative undergraduate major in climate studies. Listen to this podcast to learn more about how Vanderbilt is working on the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Authored by Caroline Cox and Victoria Schmit, "Microgrids: Legal Opportunities and Barriers in Tennessee" lays out the challenges to microgrids presented by the current legal and regulatory landscape and offers policy recommendations to encourage microgrid adoption.
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