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Founded as the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources in 2008, CE3 expanded in 2016 to become the first environmental and energy law center in the country to engage the intersection of climate, energy, environment and economic development. The new CE3 will continue to make training UNC law students in environmental, energy and climate law its primary mission. It will carry out that mission by engaging the most important issue facing our country today: how to protect the environment, including the environment of disadvantaged communities, and climate while providing adequate affordable energy resources and encouraging economic development.

CE3 is an educational resource for Carolina Law students. It will provide enhanced, real-world education on the intersection of laws and policies governing energy, environment, climate and economic development. Students will learn by working hand-in-hand with outstanding Carolina Law faculty members, academic and non-profit partners, and legal practitioners. The center’s white papers and projects will inform policymakers, industry leaders and practitioners on legal issues surrounding energy provision and environmental protection. CE3 will fund a full tuition scholarship and summer employment for an incoming law student to study the intersection of these issues.

CE3 will provide continuing education to the business, legal and political communities in North Carolina and the nation on the fast changing intersection of energy, environment, climate and economic development.

High-level discussion fora and policy papers are a key objective. CE3 will identify key policy and legal issues for discussion and analyses. Through them, Carolina Law will place itself squarely in the midst of the important national and international conversation needed at the intersection of these crucial issues.

In partnership with other centers and UNC partners, the center will provide a regular, welcoming forum for the state’s and the country’s legal, political and business elite, engaging them in discussions about energy, climate and environmental risks and opportunities emerging in the 21st century.


Jonas Monast
Dear CE3 Friends and Supporters:

We are proud to take our center focused on environmental law to the next level by expanding our mission to engage the intersection of climate, energy, environment, and economics. The future of energy provision in a way that protects the climate and environment must be addressed and we want to train our students in these integrated areas.

CE3 will be a part of the future by continuing faculty research on air and water pollution, coastal resources and impacts, climate change adaptation and environmental justice, while moving into the intersection of climate, energy, environment and economic development. Most importantly, CE3 will provide unparalleled educational opportunities for Carolina Law students in the study of emerging issues in environmental law, and provide research support and solutions for some of society's most vexing environmental, energy and climate problems.

With UNC's strengths in public health, disaster response and management, water and coastal resources, insurance and banking, CE3 will avail itself of the most cutting-edge research on the impacts of climate change on the environment and society and what can be done to lessen and adapt to its impacts while still providing access to energy for all. Our students will be prepared for the new world of environmental law with courses in climate change, carbon trading, insurance and environmental risk regulation, energy law, energy financing and interagency environmental cooperation. CE3 is supported by our major partners the Duke Energy Foundation, Tom and Elizabeth Taft, Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, and the alumni of the Environmental Law Project.

Jonas J. Monast
C. Boyden Gray Distinguished Fellow, Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Center for Climate, Energy, Environment and Economics

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