About This Guide
This guide was created by Research Assistant Heather DeLaurie, SU COL 2016 and members of the Library Reference Staff. It came about as a result of a research project Heather did for the Library's Reference Department, through input and assistance by law library reference librarians.
Welcome to the Environmental Law Research Guide
This guide provides guidance on how to research environmental laws. Environmental law includes federal, state, and international regulations, statutory law, treaties and case law. Environmental law includes a large scope of issues ranging from climate change and water pollution to tribal problems and mining pollution. For this reason, it is important to have an idea of a topic to narrow down your research. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) regulates and enforces environmental regulations and standards. Internationally, the United Nations has been the main body to propose international agreements and hold international conferences. When researching it is important to be aware of the statutory laws, as well as, government organizations that may be involved in the promulgation of those laws. In addition, it is important to know that specific states may have their own variations of certain regulatory laws.