Program on Law and Sustainability

degree programs:     M.L.S.       J.D.       LL.M.

Bringing about a more sustainable future through law and policy

Kris Mayes, Faculty Director, Program on Law and Sustainability

The Program on Law and Sustainability is a hub for innovative thinking about the laws, regulations, and incentives needed to bring about a more sustainable future. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the Program brings together professors and students from the College of Law and the ASU School of Sustainability to work on the legal issues of the day surrounding renewable energy, renewable energy transmission, energy efficiency, energy storage, water conservation, greenhouse gas regulation, air quality regulation and transportation, among other topics. It is a go-to-resource for corporations, nonprofits, and governments increasingly seeking to navigate and prosper in our new energy world, and is a valuable resource for graduates as they begin their journey into sustainability law.

The Program is developing initiatives to solve the most pressing legal questions in sustainability.  The Energy Policy Innovation Council (EPIC) is a fast-acting think tank designed to provide fact-based information and policy services to Arizona policy-makers looking to adopt clean energy laws and regulations. EPIC’s unique web site is host to brief sheets and video tutorials on energy policy, and the state’s most comprehensive Clean Energy Calendar. The Utility of the Future Center (UFC) assists utilities in transitioning into a new energy economy in which increasing numbers of Americans are choosing to adopt distributed generation and energy efficiency as their power sources. The UFC will draft a new generation of regulations and tariffs aimed at bridging utilities into the new energy future, will create new utility business models, and will assist consumers and regulators in better understanding the regulatory and technological landscape as it changes and evolves over time.

• EPIC is assisting policy-makers in Arizona on clean energy best practices.
• The UFC recently co-hosted a meeting at the Department of Energy with DOE Secretary Steven Chu about the regulations and business models needed to build the utility of the future.
• The Program hosted the March 2012 Arizona Solar Summit, featuring Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff as keynote speaker.

Mayes can be contacted at, or 480-965-7636.

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