The Environmental Advocacy Project
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 students to have direct contact with the environmental interests they serve.
The EAP maintains connections with several Boston-based environmental organizations and government offices and often collaborates with such organizations on projects. A sampling of EAP projects follows.
- Participating in a multidisciplinary effort to phase out pesticide spraying in Boston public housing neighborhoods.
- Assisting the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on developing the Commonwealth's natural resource damages policy.
- Compiling a comprehensive manual on Massachusetts Designated Port Areas on behalf of several coastal communities seeking to develop shoreline greenspaces.
- Representing citizens before the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board in opposition to a power plant siting in an environmental justice community.
- Researching historical industrial activities along the Malden River on behalf of an environmental justice group seeking cleanup.
- Aiding a Belize-based organization in a landmark effort to combat the construction of a dam that threatened the surrounding environment.
- Aiding the campaign to end the legal and political characterization of biomass fuel production as a form of clean, renewable energy production.
- Joining the City of Boston Environment Department in its development of Boston's climate change action plan.
- Developing the Massachusetts DEP Administrative Decisions Database (DADD) to allow topical electronic searches of Massachusetts agency environmental decisions.
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.