NEDC enforces environmental laws to hold regulators and companies accountable and to preserve and protect the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

NEDC envisions a future in which the Pacific Northwest leads the nation in developing, implementing, and enforcing strong laws and regulations that protect the environment and human health, and where our governments and communities value fostering and maintaining healthy and productive ecosystems. We prioritize diversity and inclusion, and recognize that environmental burdens and benefits are not distributed equitably.  NEDC is committed to expanding our work and partnerships with communities disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution. We work to address the historic and current disparities these communities face so that each of us can realize and enjoy a healthy and inspiring world.

Values and guiding principles
  • NEDC values its role as an environmental watchdog of regulatory agencies and regulated entities in the Pacific Northwest and strives to identify and fill advocacy gaps that warrant attention.
  • NEDC believes the judicial system provides a vital check on governments and industry and NEDC uses litigation and creative legal strategies to fulfill its mission.
  • NEDC values the power of coalitions and engages in cooperative efforts with other organizations where NEDC’s expertise is helpful, or where NEDC’s participation provides unique opportunities for law student education.
  • NEDC affords Lewis and Clark law students with opportunities to gain experience in environmental law that enable them to become more effective leaders and practitioners.
  • NEDC values its relationship with Lewis & Clark Law School but is committed to remaining a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation to ensure its independence.

In 1969, law professors, law students, and alumni of Lewis and Clark Law School founded NEDC as an all-volunteer non-profit organization. NEDC now includes members from throughout the region and a full-time staff and remains an independent 501(c)(3) organization that is neither a clinic nor a class. However, law students remain an integral part of the organization. NEDC empowers law students to tackle environmental advocacy projects, to fill leadership roles within the organization, and to launch public interest environmental careers.

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