Richard L. Ottinger is Dean Emeritus of Pace University School of Law and a former U.S. Congressman. He is Chair of the Energy Law and Climate Change Specialist Group of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is on the IUCN Climate Change Task Force. He is Co-Director, with Professor Nicholas Robinson, of the Pace Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies. He is on the Board of Directors of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and of the National Counsel for Science & the Environment, both in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1971 and 1975 to 1985, chairing the House Energy Conservation & Power Subcommittee in the latter period. He specialized in writing federal energy and environmental legislation. Ottinger then taught environmental law at Pace Law School from 1985 to 1994, after which he served as Dean until July 1, 1999. He founded the Pace Energy and Climate Center and co-edited and co-authored its seminal work on environmental externalities: The Environmental Costs of Electricity (Oceana Press, 1990). He has authored and edited some 100 books and articles on sustainable energy, including The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development and Compendium of Sustainable Energy Laws, both published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press. He recently organized and co-wrote three major published studies, on implementation of environmental laws, innovative financing of renewable energy and climate change adaptations options, the latter for the National University of Singapore.
Richard L. Ottinger
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