Climate Change and Green Initiatives

Overview

Many of our clients are public agencies who are either enacting climate change policies or need to stay ahead of—not just in step with—evolving state and national climate change regulations. Our position as legal advisor to these entities has given us a unique and leading-edge vantage point on climate change issues. This perspective benefits all our clients, whether public or private.

The Climate Change and Green Initiatives Practice Group offers complete legal services in the many areas of law that relate to climate change.

Subpractices

  • Utility companies will face unique and significant challenges in attempting to comply with AB 32. We know how to help utilities identify and choose one or more of the options available to them.

  • We advise public and private clients on green building programs and sustainable construction. We have helped public agencies draft and implement both mandatory and incentive-based green building regulations.

  • Perhaps the biggest climate change policy issue facing our clients is whether and how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions should be addressed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We are recognized as leaders in analyzing GHG and climate change impacts under these two laws. And, we are carefully monitoring how the enforcement of California Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) will change GHG regulation in California.

  • Meyers Nave’s multidisciplinary structure allows our Climate Change practice to team with others in the firm to help clients create local climate change programs and reduce GHG emissions locally.

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