Environmental Law

Environmental Law Program

Environmental Law Program

The Environmental Law Program uses strategic legal campaigns to fight climate change, to protect clean air, water and wilderness, and to promote justice for communities threatened by pollution.


In the past year alone, we launched more than 200 legal actions to challenge the fossil fuel industry's destructive effects on our air, water, and climate.

About Our Program

Our team of top-notch attorneys and legal staff leverages all of the Club's tools of democracy, integrating legal advocacy with grassroots organizing, sophisticated communications, a state-of-the-art digital strategies team, and administrative lobbying.

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We are a team of professional attorneys and staff who combine sophisticated legal tactics with a commitment to social and environmental justice at the grassroots level. We pair litigation with effective community organizing and strong local communications to build genuine, informed support from community members and government officials, making courtroom victories sustainable over the long term.

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February 28, 2022

EL PASO, TEXAS / LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO – On Friday, a coalition of environmental and community groups filed a motion to intervene in Texas’s challenge to the EPA's designation of El Paso County as being in nonattainment under the 2015 ozone…

February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, President Biden announced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Once confirmed, Judge Jackson will fill Justice Breyer’s seat when he retires at the end of this term.

February 22, 2022

DALLAS, TX - Late yesterday, Sierra Club and Downwinders at Risk Education Fund (Downwinders at Risk), represented by Earthjustice, announced their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to appropriately classify two…

February 18, 2022

Today, Sierra Club, Healthy Gulf, and Louisiana Bucket Brigade motioned to intervene in Lake Charles LNG’s request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend their time to 2028 to build their fracked gas export facility. Lake Charles LNG…

February 18, 2022

Today, NextEra Energy Inc. announced it is reevaluating its investment in the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline after the 4th Circuit rejected two necessary approvals.

10M+

acres of wilderness protected

200+

lawsuits filed to resist Trump

1K+

miles of dirty fuel pipelines blocked

372

coal plants retired