Category: Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein hosts webinar on ties between BU and local energy policy

July 20th, 2018 in 2018, Aug-18, Events, Jul-2018, News, Presentations, Rick Reibstein

Leveraging Universities for Advancing State & Local Energy Policy

August 6, Noon ET

Presented by Richard Reibstein

Earth & Environment Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently created GE 532 Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations, in which students perform discrete research tasks for government and nonprofit groups on environmental and public health matters. The course has proven to be a great way to supplement scarce agency and NGO resources and produce work useful to the clients, the students, and the public. He will discuss student projects that involved energy, including:

  • Examining the potential for community solar to clean up waste sites;
  • The implementation of community choice aggregation;
  • The optimal placement of EV charging stations.

For those who might wish to consider replicating this approach, the conversation will cover how the course is conducted:

  • How research tasks are identified and selected;
  • The role of the course instructor in ensuring quality of product;
  • The team relationship and independent student work;
  • Contacts with relevant staff and experts.

Reception of student work has been enthusiastically positive in nearly all cases. Agencies and organizations use the class for research they don’t have the time to perform. Students learn about real world issues, make contacts and gain insight into how government works and experience that helps them get jobs. The work is made publicly available for anyone to use, at Some projects continue from semester to semester and some students have stayed with the class for successive terms working on the same or related projects. For example, one student evaluated tree retention policies for the state (these were for municipalities to implement), and in the next semester participated in a team that looked at getting carbon credits for forest conservation – both efforts should be considered as opportunities for carbon sequestration and part of a climate change mitigation strategy.

Register for the webinar here.

New blog accompanies lecturer Rick Reibstein’s environmental responsibility textbook

July 12th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jul-2018, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Trunity, the publisher of E&E Lecturer Rick Reibstein‘s Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility​, now hosts a blog “for people who want to help meet the challenge of how to live within the biosphere without harming it, and thus protect ourselves, other living things, future generations, and the source of all wealth and value that we hold dear.” The Environmental Citizen offers stories about collective social responsibility, federal policy for land management, and legislative proposals surround clean energy. The last topic was explored by E&E students in Reibstein’s course GE 532 Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (now enrolling for Fall 2018).

Lecturer Rick Reibstein writes about lead poisoning and democracy

June 11th, 2018 in 2018, Faculty, Jun-18, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has recently penned “Environmental Law—Resuming Progress On Lead Poisoning: A Prime Indicator of Civilization” in the Western New England University Law Review. “The quality of the effort made to prevent lead poisoning is an indicator of whether a society has become civilized,” Reibstein writes. “It is hard to argue with the logic that, at the very least, a society must act to avoid foreseeable harms—particularly to its own members and to itself as a body.” Click to read the full article.

BU students’ work featured at Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

April 30th, 2018 in 2018, Alumni, Apr-18, Events, Faculty, Former Students, News, Pictures, Presentations, Rick Reibstein, Undergraduate

Since 2010 environmental conference organizer Jen Boudrie has brought hundreds of people together at the premiere event in Massachusetts for environmental experts, professionals, activists, officials and academics. At this year’s conference in Plymouth Harbor, three BU students presented their work in the class Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532). Samantha Morton researched how to promote the retention of trees for state conservation officials, and with others provided a review of the scientific literature on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Bolaji Olateru-Olagbegi presented her project for the Boston Public Health Commission, investigating whether health providers understand that some of the symptoms they see might be caused by toxic exposures, and with Katharina Voehler explained the work their team performed for the City of Boston on Community Choice Aggregation – bulk purchasing of energy for residents that can be used to promote cleaner energy (and local generation of cleaner energy).  Instructor Rick Reibstein also presented at the conference on the history and future of clean water, including water quality data analyses that Alex Kerr and Michael Silano conducted for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Research for Environmental Agencies Presentations

April 25th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Department Seminars, Events, Faculty, News, Presentations, Rick Reibstein

If you’re thinking about environmental issues and wondering how you can make a difference, come hear some interesting examples from students in the directed study course Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532).

Thursday, April 26th


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Pizza will be served.

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Lecturer Rick Reibstein urges action on lead hazards

April 17th, 2018 in 2018, Apr-18, Faculty, News, Pub-18, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Rick Reibstein has just published “Resuming Progress on Lead Poisoning” in the Western New England Law Review. “I have always found the lead issue maddening,” Reibstein writes, “because it is so obvious there is much that must be done, and much that can be done, which would be extraordinarily worthwhile to do–paying off substantially in so many ways.” He urges, “Talk to the American public about this problem.” Click here to read the full article.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein publishes on carbon emissions lawsuit

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has published in the latest issue of TYL, the publication of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.

The 2016 ruling in Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana v. USA is one of the greatest recent events in our system of law. A group of children between the ages of eight and nineteen filed suit against the federal government, asking the court to order the government to act on climate change, asserting harm from carbon emissions. Read the full article here.

Rick Reibstein publishes on improving federal regulatory agenda

November 29th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, Nov-17, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has authored an essay for The Regulatory Review, arguing that “the real story about regulation is not that businesses hate it. Rather, the truth is that they just want actual unnecessary, adverse economic impacts to be lifted.” Click here to read the full article.

Rick Reibstein on why the Clean Air Act shouldn’t prevent municipalities from placing limitations on leaf blowers

October 31st, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, News, Oct-17, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has just published “Legal Challenges to Leaf Blower Ordinances: The Issue of Preemption” in Quiet Communities. “The issue of preemption has loomed large in the willingness of local government to impose restrictions on local sources of excessive noise and pollution,” Reibstein writes. Click here to read the full article.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein publishes on ethical chemistry

October 16th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, News, Oct-17, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein‘s article, “A More Ethical Chemistry,” appears in the journal Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. “Because of the success of greener and safer alternatives the industry now has a new responsibility,” Reibstein urges, “to investigate whether better alternatives are feasible, and continuously evolve to impose less risk.”