Environmental law expert Tim Duane to deliver Carleton convocation

October 29, 2019
By Leander Cohen '22

Tim Duane, an attorney and consultant specializing in environmental law, will deliver Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Nov. 1, from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. In his presentation, titled, “Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Reflecting on the Climate Crisis in 2075,” he will offer insights on solving complex energy and environmental problems.  

Tim DuaneAn attorney with over three decades of experience, Duane’s work is primarily in the fields of energy, climate, land use, natural resources, water, and environmental policy and planning. He is admitted to practice law with the state bar of California, all four federal courts in California, and the 9th and 10th Circuits of the United States Courts of Appeal. He began working in the renewable energy industry in 1979 and published his first report discussing climate change in 1990. He is a leading expert on “greening the grid” and the regulatory permitting challenges of renewable energy development.

Duane also is professor-in-residence at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches climate and environmental law. He previously was professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and associate professor of environmental planning and policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of “Shaping the Sierra: Nature, Culture, and Conflicting in the Changing West” (University of California Press, 1999).

He received his JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and his PhD in energy and environmental planning from the department of civil engineering at Stanford University. He also holds an AB in human biology and an MS in civil engineering from Stanford.

This convocation is sponsored by the Sidney Carne Wolff '62, H '85 and Richard J. Wolff '62 Endowed Lectureship in Science. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at First and College Streets in Northfield.