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The Environmental Advocacy Project

Professor Peter Manus with Laura Bickel ('03)

For current projects and up-to-date information on the EAP, please visit our CLSR weblog.

The Environmental Advocacy Project brings together professors, students, and community activists to aid environmental causes through legal research, counseling, and representation.  While EAP projects vary as widely as the environmental interests of the professors and students who develop them, many focus on Boston’s urban environment, allowing EAP students to have direct contact with the environmental interests they serve.

The EAP maintains active connections with several Boston-based environmental advocacy organizations and with federal, state and local government offices, and often collaborates with such organizations on projects.  A sampling of EAP projects follows.

  • Participating in a multi-disciplinary effort to phase out pesticide spraying in Boston public housing neighborhoods
  • Assisting the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on natural resource damages claims
  • Representing citizens opposed to a power plant siting in an environmental justice community
  • Aiding a Belize-based organization in a landmark effort to combat the construction of a dam that threatened the surrounding environment

In addition to its legal advocacy, the EAP regularly sponsors conferences, discussion groups, and other audience-inclusive events at the law school.  Examples include:

  •  A symposium on the international movement to reduce the use of toxins in commercial and industrial processes and products
  • A roundtable discussion on the City of Boston’s green construction and energy initiatives
  • A teach-in about the dangers presented by the planned siting of a high-security biological research laboratory in an urban neighborhood
  • A panel discussion on wind power and other alternative energy development

Students interested in environmental law and advocacy should consider enrolling in Environmental Advocacy, a seminar in which students collaborate with one another, their professor, and outside experts on projects addressing some of the latest issues in the environmental field.

 Review EAP work product  (Studies, Essays, Papers, Memoranda)