CUNY Law Professor Awarded National Fellowship

Rebecca Bratspies Named Audubon and Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow

NEW YORK – Professor Rebecca Bratspies has been named an Audubon and Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow for 2013–2014. As a fellow, she will receive a $10,000 grant to help support an innovative community-based conservation project and an opportunity to network with other committed leaders.

Bratspies will use the grant to develop the Youth Alliance for Energy Justice and Conservation. Using Mayah’s Lot, Bratspies’s well-regarded environmental justice comic book, the project will bring together New York City youth to participate in hands-on research, exchange, and advocacy to promote energy justice as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“I am honored to receive the fellowship and hope it will allow us to focus on introducing new and underrepresented individuals and communities to energy justice and to help them become effective advocates for energy justice in their own communities,” said Bratspies.

Professor Rebecca Bratspies

Bratspies is the founder and director the school’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER), which aims to promote environmental democracy as a critical aspect of social justice. The center seeks to expand participation in public decision-making and to increase transparency and overall access to information to enhance both the legitimacy of environmental decision-making processes and the fairness of decisions reached.

Bratspies has published widely on regulatory policy, with a focus on environmental democracy, regulating new technologies, and corporate responsibility. Her recent scholarship explores questions of urban sustainability, and the intersection of human rights and environmental regulation. She is a scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform, the Environmental Law Collective, and has served as an appointed member of the ABA Standing Committee on Environmental Law, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools Section on the Environment, and an advisor to the Consultative Group on Agricultural Research.

Audubon and Toyota launched the Toyota TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 to foster diverse environmental leadership and fund innovative conservation ideas.

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