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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Feds Deny LNG Export Project Permit, Again, in Oregon

For Immediate Release December 12, 2016 For more information, contact Ted Gleichman, political advisor, Center for Sustainable Economy: 503-781-2498; tedgleichman@mac.com (Portland, OR) A massive natural gas export project aimed at the Oregon coast is on life support after the federal government ruled against it late Friday afternoon, December 9, 2016.  The Jordan Cove Energy ... Read More
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Portland, OR Climate Action Coalition Sends Medical “Bunk Bus” To Protect Standing Rock, ND “Water Protectors”

For more information, for interviews, or professional photographs, call: Bonnie McKinlay: 503-705-1943; Rick Rappaport (photographer): 503-730-5554 (Portland, OR)  Following a recent trip to Standing Rock Indian Reservation to deliver wood stoves, clothing, food and other supplies in support of the “water protectors” from the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, members ... Read More
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Economists: New BLM Logging Plan Would Generate More Economic Harm than Good

Center for Sustainable Economy has teamed up with Ernie Niemi of Natural Resources Inc. in Eugene to lodge a formal protest of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new long-term logging plan for western Oregon on the grounds that the plan would create more economic harm than good and sabotage ... Read More