What We Do

Advocacy

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

CSE is dedicated to promoting best practices for federal, state and local agencies who are legally bound to justify the economic basis for their decisions and demonstrate that they serve the public interest. To this end, we monitor, comment and if necessary challenge in court decisions that affect the well being of the nation’s economy and its citizens. These include decisions related to land and resource management and economic policy. We also help leaders in Congress, state legislatures as well as county and city councils and commissions analyze the impacts of innovative legislative approaches to solving our economic challenges. Our advocacy initiatives are grouped into three separate categories:

  • Litigation – CSE houses a team of experienced law fellows and expert witnesses that can help organizations hold public agencies accountable for their commitments to protect the environment, foster equity, and provide meaningful opportunities for public participation. We help develop and coordinate litigation strategies that advance sustainability initiatives and guard against threats to the quality of our environment and economy. Our fellows litigate under statues such as the federal National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Forest Management Act, Clean Water Act, Freedom of Information Act and their state level counterparts. Our experts bolster their work by supplying declarations in the fields of environmental economics, conservation biology, and planning.
  • Administrative processes – Public decisions and planning processes often require extensive involvement by interested parties and the expertise to decipher mountains of technical information. CSE’s environmental law, economics, and environmental policy fellows help organizations be effective in administrative processes that are often exceedingly complex. We prepare administrative level comments and appeals on both a programmatic and site-specific basis, and help organizations develop systems to monitor upcoming projects.
  • Legislative support - Making the transition to a sustainable society will require innovative legislative solutions in Congress and at the state and local levels. CSE helps develop and build support for these solutions by commenting on legislative language, providing comprehensive analysis of proposals, sponsoring educational forums for legislators, and testifying in hearings. While we do not lobby for or against specific legislative proposals, our broad expertise in economics and sustainability can help evaluate the efficacy of various approaches.

PROGRAM NEWS AND UPDATES

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Citizen Groups Vow to Keep Pushing For Fossil Fuel Policy in Portland Despite LUBA Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Dan Serres, Columbia Riverkeeper, 503.890.2441, dan@columbiariverkeeper.org Micah Meskel, Audubon Society of Portland, 503.481.5715, mmeskel@audubonportland.org Nicholas Caleb, Center for Sustainable Economy, 541.891.6761, nick.caleb@sustainable-economy.org Regna Merritt, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, 971.235.7643, regna@oregonpsr.org Mia Reback, 350PDX, 310.717.7966, mia@350pdx.org July 19, 2017 (Salem, OR) – Today, the Oregon Land ... Read More
Following Portland's Lead, Seattle Calls for No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Following Portland’s Lead, Seattle Calls for No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

CSE Staff Attorney Nick Caleb in front of Portland City Hall Photo credit: Mia Reback On June 12, 2017, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution for no new fossil fuel infrastructure, in both the city of Seattle and urged the state of Washington, home to the nation’s largest proposed oil train ... Read More
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CSE Hires Nicholas Caleb as Staff Attorney

For immediate release May 22, 2017 For more information, contact Nick Caleb: 541-891-6761; Daphne Wysham: 202-510-3541 The Center for Sustainable Economy (“CSE”) announced today that Nicholas Caleb has joined the organization as CSE’s Staff Attorney. Caleb will provide legal and strategic support to CSE’s Climate Justice program in a full-time capacity ... Read More