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Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program


Emory University

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

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 university’s WaterHub is the first water-reclamation facility of its kind in the US, reducing Emory’s potable water usage by more than 40 percent. Using biomimetic technology, the odorless greenhouse of the WaterHub models alternative decentralized water treatment with reduced impacts to low income and minority neighborhoods that are frequently the site of traditional wastewater treatment facilities. Emory hopes to encourage other institutions to internalize the [external nature] of sewage to recycle it on site, creating water that can be used for non-potable purposes such as toilet flushing and to heat and cool buildings.

Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives