Spring 2022 Environmental Distinguished Lecture

Press Date
February 11, 2022

Vanderbilt's Michael Vandenbergh presents "Environmental Law in a Polarized Era."

On Wednesday, February 2, our FSU Law Center for Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law presented the Spring 2022 Environmental Distinguished Lecture, featuring Michael Vandenbergh, the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law at Vanderbilt University. Vandenbergh is a national expert on public and private environmental governance and directs Vanderbilt’s interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Network. His lecture, “Environmental Law in a Polarized Era,” covered many timely environmental topics, including the mental models that limit effective thinking on climate mitigation, constraints on government climate mitigation efforts, the role polarization plays in shaping climate science acceptance and support for government policy, the drivers and effects of private environmental governance, and steps people can take to bypass polarization to solve climate issues. Prior to joining legal academia, he was a partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. He also served as chief of staff of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-1995. For those unable to attend the lecture, a recording is available online. We were delighted to host Vandenbergh and to introduce our students to his research.


Published on February 11, 2022