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Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program

Organizations, Programs, Centers, and Practice Societies

Emory University

Climate@Emory is an inter-disciplinary, university-wide initiative to advance climate change scholarship, teaching, partnership, and engagement at Emory and beyond.

Emory Climate Talks engages students, alumni, and Emory faculty across issues of climate change – sending delegations to the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties, hosting a variety of speakers, strengthening research, and taking an active role in our communities.

The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) is committed to making public interest jobs accessible to Emory Law students and providing summer grants for students who accept volunteer positions or clerkships in public interest organizations.  Grant recipients who have chosen to work in the environmental field have volunteered at Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Turner Environmental Law Clinic.

Emory University Office of Sustainability helps sustainability initiatives to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations. As part of a commitment to positive transformation in the world, Emory has identified sustainability as one of the University's top priorities.

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) works to foster the role of environmental law as a comprehensive practice area for careers ranging from government employment and public interest work to industry representation. While career development is integral to the ELS programming, the society also emphasizes educational enrichment and hands-on experience in environmental conservation.  Society members network with practitioners, learn about current environmental legal issues, volunteer in the Atlanta community (sometimes with practitioners), and enjoy outings in the beautiful Georgia outdoors with other law students and alumni.

The Health Law Practice Society promotes discussion among students, faculty, and practicing attorneys about the multitude of issues that lie at the complex intersection of health and law. This expansive area of law encompasses practice areas including food and drug law, medical malpractice law, health policy, bioethics, Medicare/Medicaid law, and others. The society is committed to educating students about the many different career opportunities available in the field through summer internship advice panels, expert speakers, and networking events.

The Resilience and Sustainability Collaboratory provides the infrastructure needed to conduct transformative, multi-disciplinary research projects that create innovative solutions for sustainability and resilience challenges worldwide. Serving as a “think & do tank”, the RSC generates novel approaches to addressing complex and interrelated human and environmental issues with a focus on climate change, health disparities, and social & racial justice.

We are at the epicenter of where the rubber is hitting the road on [the] conjoined issues of climate health and racial equity. It’s actually incumbent upon us to have these issues of sustainability and social justice as priorities.

Ciannat Howett, Associate Vice President of Sustainability, Resilience, and Economic Inclusion for Emory and Emory Healthcare