Staff Attorney, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Jessica Wentz joined the Sabin Center in September 2014 as an Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work at the Sabin Center spans a variety of topics related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable development, and environmental justice. She currently conducts research on U.S. regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, legal requirements for disclosing climate-related considerations in environmental impact assessments, and international strategies for addressing climate-induced displacement and migration.
Prior to joining the Center, Jessica was a Visiting Associate Professor and Environmental Program Fellow at the George Washington University Law School. She is a 2012 graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was awarded the Alfred S. Forsyth Prize for "dedication to the advancement of environmental law." She also has a B.A. in international development from the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment under NEPA and State EIA Laws: A Survey of Current Practices and Recommendations for Model Protocols (Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Aug. 2015)
- "Debunking Revisionist Understandings of Environmental Cooperative Federalism: Collective Action Responses to Air Pollution," in The Law and Policy of Environmental Federalism: A Comparative Analysis (Kalyani Robbins & Erin Ryan, eds. 2015) (co-authored with Robert Glicksman)
- Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (ELI Press 2014) (co-edited with LeRoy Paddock)
- Balancing Economic and Environmental Goals in Distributed Generation Procurement: A Critical Analysis of California’s Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM), 5(2) Geo. Wash. J. Energy & Envtl. L. 30 (2014)
- "The Netherlands," in International Environmental Law: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Laws of the Planet (Brett Grosko & Roger R. Martella, Jr. eds., Chicago: ABA Book Pub. 2014) (co-authored with LeRoy Paddock)
- "Emerging Regulatory Frameworks for Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development in the United States," in The Law of Energy Underground (Donald N. Zillman et al. eds., Oxford University Press 2014)
- The Policy Implications of Livestock's Contribution to Climate Change, GW Environmental and Energy Law Perspectives (Spring 2013)
- Assisted Migration: A Viable Conservation Strategy to Preserve the Biodiversity of Threatened Island Nations? (Columbia Center for Climate Change Law, May 2011)
- The EPA's Proposed Transport Rule: Implications for Climate Change Regulation (Columbia Center for Climate Change Law, July 2010)