May. 25, 2023—Vanderbilt’s Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan join discussion on how recent legislation can incentivize action
May. 25, 2023—New Paper from Vanderbilt’s Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program examines opportunities and barriers to microgrids in the Volunteer State
Apr. 18, 2023—Hosted by the Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program, the event featured presentations and discussions from some of Tennessee’s most influential environmental leaders
Apr. 3, 2023—Two projects will examine the benefits of and barriers to widespread use of electric vehicles and potential public health impacts of EV adoption.
Mar. 15, 2023—The March 31 conference, to be held in-person and via webcast, will feature discussions on U.S. climate adaptation policy, algorithmic decision-making tools, and ESG mutual fund performance.
Feb. 8, 2023—New paper in Nature Climate Change highlights the need for research and policy initiatives to account for the feasibility of climate change mitigation policies.
Nov. 11, 2022—Vandenbergh directs Vanderbilt's Climate Change Research Network and co-directs the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. He stressed the importance of private-sector buy-in on any international plan to reduce carbon emissions and deal with climate change. “Climate change poses an urgent, major threat, so all options, including private sector action, should be on the table,” he said. “It is true that, as a globe, we are not meeting the Paris Agreement terms, but that is not a reason to give up hope or to abandon smart strategies.”
Oct. 19, 2022—Mike Vandenbergh, co-director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, will moderate a discussion focusing on the oceans and geoengineering policy featuring Wil Burns, a visiting professor of environmental policy at Northwestern University, and Jonathan Gilligan of Vanderbilt University, at 12:30 p.m. Thusday, Nov. 10, in the Hyatt Room.
Sep. 20, 2022—Browner drew on her nearly four decades of experience advising on environmental and energy policies affecting global energy, the environment and public health to discuss with Vandenbergh current action on climate change, including the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act. Vandenbergh worked for Browner as the EPA's chief of staff early in his career.
Sep. 14, 2022—Vandenbergh and Shewmake discuss their research showing the importance of the work-from-home transition for climate policy and recommend that employers include greenhouse gas emissions attributable to employees working from home in reporting their environmental impact.
Sep. 7, 2022—Watch a Sept. 6, 2022, panel discussion featuring energy expert Jim Rossi, environmental regulatory scholars J.B. Ruhl and Mike Vandenbergh, and land use expert Chris Serkin, who address the impact of West Virginia v. EPA on the ability of the federal government to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The discussion was moderated by EELU program director Caroline Cox.
Sep. 1, 2022—Browner’s lecture is made possible by the Sally Shallenberger Brown EELU Program Fund and sponsored by the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. Browner became the longest serving EPA administrator in history under President Bill Clinton and was director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama administration. She now practices as a senior counsel with Covington & Burling.
Jul. 29, 2022—Research by Climate Change Research Network Director Michael Vandenbergh is cited in this Fast Company article about a private eco-labeling system developed by Climate Neutral that certifies carbon-neutral products from businesses that also have a plan in place for future carbon reduction.
Jul. 21, 2022—Owens has served on the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board since December 2021. He has practiced environmental law in Phoenix, Arizona, and has previously served as the EPA's assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
Jul. 8, 2022—Ruhl likened the EPA's situation to a Goldilocks scenario, in which the agency must strive to achieve a balance between the Court's finding in 2007 that the EPA wasn’t doing enough to regulate greenhouse gases and its decision in West Virginia v. EPA that it was trying to do too much. “You can’t do nothing just because it’s a big problem, but you can’t do too much because it’s a big problem. So what’s just right?” Ruhl said.
Jul. 1, 2022—In an interview with WPLN public radio reporter Caroline Eggers, Vandenbergh discussed the implications of the Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA. "We are going to solve this problem," Vandenbergh said. "The opinion...just tells us we're going to have to solve this problem without the Supreme Court's help."
Jun. 24, 2022—Ruhl says that one important theme informing changes to Endangered Species Act programs that "climate change is transforming ecosystems in ways that could make areas outside current and even historical range of a species—and even areas that would not currently be occupiable—occupiable."
Jun. 14, 2022—VLS students are working for government and nonprofit legal employers in 15 states, Washington, D.C., and The Hague, Netherlands during summer 2022.
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May. 17, 2022—"Climate-friendly cuppa? Carbon footprint labels aim to steer green buying" was posted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation News on May 16, 2022. While carbon labeling is not a panacea, Vandenbergh tells reporter Carey L. Biron that it is "a piece of a much larger system that can function even if the national government process is inadequate."
May. 4, 2022—Listen to Mike Livermore's interview with Climate Change Research Network director Michael Vandenbergh and social psychologist Jennifer Cole, a post-doctoral fellow of the CCRN, who discuss political polarization and its impact on climate change policy on the Free Range podcast.
Apr. 28, 2022—Spire Inc. has lobbied against the replacement of gas-burning appliances with electric ones, considered a crucial step in reducing U.S. carbon emissions, and sued the energy department to keep it from enforcing rules against installing dirty furnaces and boilers. “It’s one thing to share data, info, perspectives. It’s another thing to take a consistent self-interested perspective in lobbying for the gas industry and maybe against other uses of energy," Rossi said.