Energy, Environment & Land Use Program

Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review

ELPAR Advisory Group

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.

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Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

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.

Scholarship Spotlight

Beyond Gridlock

"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.

Climate at Vanderbilt

Climate at Vanderbilt

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.

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Scholarship Spotlight

Microgrids: Legal Opportunities and Barriers in Tennessee

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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