The Eastern Environmental Law Center (EELC) is a non-profit public interest environmental law firm, located in Newark, New Jersey. We work on behalf of environmental and conservation organizations to protect communities, open space, wildlife, and the natural heritage and public health of the eastern United States for generations to come.
What We Do
EELC represents local, state, and national environmental non-profits and community groups in litigation, legislative and regulatory matters in New Jersey and the region and has a dynamic and exciting practice. EELC works in several practice areas: natural resources protection; public lands preservation; prevention of water pollution; promotion of smart growth; hazardous waste remediation; prevention of air pollution; promotion of of urban environmental health and justice, and general enforcement. Based on the needs and requests of our client base and our view of the critical issues facing the region, EELC’s work emphasizes protection and preservation of open space, air quality, and water quality, with an emphasis on statewide issues as well as those issues affecting the Highlands and Pinelands regions, and selection of appropriate energy sources and technologies to meet demand and lessen environmental impacts. EELC will also continue to advocate on behalf of environmental justice communities, such as Newark, with respect to polluted sites, open space, and climate change. Some of our current matters include:
- Supporting coal plant retirement pursuant to a grant from the Energy Foundation by advocating for increased energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in utility rate and spending increase proceedings
- Advocating for mitigation of air pollution impacts in environmental justice communities resulting from the proposed expansion of the Ports of Newark and New York