Green Business Initiative
Oregon Law's Green Business Initiative provides the context in which students and faculty discuss how the law will play a role in supporting the entrepreneurs who are changing the way people interact with the environment. Oregon-based venture capital funds, as well as the popular and financial news sector, have even predicted that green business will comprise the next "dot-com boom."
The Green Business Initiative is one of the first law school programs in the country dedicated to the intersection of law, business, and the environment. The Green Business Initiative will advance Oregon's economic and environmental goals by promoting a business climate suited to take advantage of the demand for sustainable practices. It's primary objective are to:
- raise awareness of green business practices;
- train lawyers to help their clients become national leaders in green business ventures;
- support the development of new and expanded venture funding sources for green technologies and business methods;
- build the intellectual infrastructure for future advances in green business; and
- foster interdisciplinary thinking related to the intersection of law, business, and the environment
- In 2009, Oregon Law and the Lundquist College of Business Center for Sustainable Business Practices announce the first joint J.D./MBA degree in green business, a four-year program with a focus on sustainability.
- Oregon Law added its Statement of Completion in Green Business Law in January 2008 in response to growing opportunities for lawyers versed in both the needs of new and emerging businesses and the regulation of energy and the environment.
- In March 2013, Oregon Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program was ranked eighth in the nation by U.S.News & World Report 's 2014 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools."
- In 2008, the Green Business Initiative Student Association gifted approximately $40,000 to Oregon Law's library to create a new Green Business Collection – a collection unique to the Northwest.