Noah M. Sachs

Professor of Law
Director, Robert R. Merhige Jr. Center for Environmental Studies

Profile

Professor Noah Sachs is Director of the Law School's Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies and teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, torts, and administrative law. His scholarship, which focuses on climate change, toxic substance and hazardous waste regulation, and transboundary pollution, has appeared in the UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and University of Illinois Law Review, among other venues, and his co-authored text, Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste, is the leading casebook on toxic substances regulation. Professor Sachs was awarded the University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator award in 2013, the highest recognition for teaching and scholarship on the faculty. He was also chosen as the University of Richmond's Outstanding Faculty nominee in the rising star category to the Virginia State Council of Higher Education in 2009. Professor Sachs was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in India in the spring of 2014, where he focused on emerging environmental markets in India and the challenges of implementing market-oriented environmental reforms in developing countries. Professor Sachs has been a Member Scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform in Washington, D.C. since 2010.

Presentations

Presenter, "Upward and Downward Spirals in the Paris Agreement," Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon Law School (April 2016).

Witness, Oversight Hearing on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Washington, D.C. (July 2015)

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

New York

Professional Experience

Professor and Faculty Director, Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies (2012-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Associate Professor and Faculty Director, Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies (2009-2012)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Assistant Professor of Law (2006-2009)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Lecturer (2004-2006)
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.

Adjunct Professor (Summer 2005)
Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vt.

Guest Lecturer (2003-2004)
Tufts University, Boston, Mass.

Associate, Environmental Practice (2002-2004)
Foley Hoag LLP, Boston, Mass.

Associate, Environmental Practice (1999-2002)
Carter, Ledyard & Milburn, New York, N.Y.

Publications

Books

Environmental Law Practice, Carolina Academic Press (4th ed. forthcoming 2018).

Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste, Foundation Press (3d ed. forthcoming 2018).

Articles

Should the United States Create Trading Markets for Energy Efficiency? 46 Envtl. L. Rptr. 10466 (2016).

The Limits of Energy Efficiency Markets in Climate Change Law, 2016 U. Ill. L. Rev. 2237 (2016).  

Should the United States Create Trading Markets for Energy Efficiency?, 46 Envtl L. Rep. 10466 (2016)

Climate Change Triage, 44 Envtl. L. Rev. 993 (2014).

Can We Regulate Our Way to Energy Efficiency? Product Standards as Climate Policy, 65 Vand. L. Rev. 1631 (2012) (invited symposium article).

Rescuing the Strong Precautionary Principle from Its Critics, 2011 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1285 (2011). 

Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals, in Encyclopedia of Sustainability (2011).

Jumping the Pond: Transnational Law and the Future of Chemical Regulation, 62 Vand. L. Rev. 1817 (2009). 

Greening Demand: Energy Consumption and U.S. Climate Policy, 19 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol'y F. 295 (2009). 

Beyond the Liability Wall: Strengthening Tort Remedies in International Environmental Law, 55 UCLA L. Rev. 837 (2008). 

The Effluent of Affluence: Challenging the Cult of More-Is-Better, The Environmental Forum, November-December 2007, at 7 (review of McKibben, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future).

Planning the Funeral at the Birth: Extended Producer Responsibility in the European Union and the United States, 30 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 51 (2006). 

Blocked Pathways: Potential Legal Responses to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, 24 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 289 (1999).

The Mescalero Apache Indians and Monitored Retrievable Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Study in Environmental Ethics, 36 Nat. Resources J. 641 (1996). 

Guest columnist, Writ legal commentary. [online]

Chapters

The Shift in Power in the European Union and its Consequences for Energy and the Environment, in International Environmental Law: A Practitioner's Guide To the Planet (American Bar Association, 2014).

Additional Publications

Garbage Everywhere: What Refuse in India's Streets Reveals About America's Hidden Trash Problem, The Atlantic (June 20, 2014).

A Strategy to Protect Virginians from Toxic Chemicals (monograph) (with Ryan P. Murphy) (2014).

Op-Ed, "Chemical Spill a Wake-Up Call for Virginia," Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 22, 2014.

Center for Progressive Reform, Protecting the Public from BPA: An Action Plan for Federal Agencies (2012).

Center for Progressive Reform, Reclaiming Global Environmental Leadership: Why the U.S. Should Ratify Ten Pending Environmental Treaties (2012).

"When It REINS It Pours," The New Republic Online, February 10, 2011

In the News

Trump's EPA may be weakening chemical safety law (Scientific American)
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

How the EPA chief could gut the agency's climate change regulations (The Hill)
Sun., Mar. 12, 2017

The BPA debate is back, as workers exposed to levels 70 times the average (The Guardian)
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017

Will the new toxic chemical safety law protect us? (The conversation)
Thu., Jun. 16, 2016

West Coast cities sue Monsanto to pay for chemical cleanup (High Country News)
Mon., May. 16, 2016

Art gallery: "India Becoming" at Weinstein JCC (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., Jan. 20, 2016

House votes to reform toxic chemical regulation for the first time in nearly 40 years (Climate Progress)
Wed., Jun. 24, 2015

The City Of San Diego Is Suing Monsanto. Can It Win? (Think Progress)
Wed., Mar. 25, 2015

Virginia Must Guard Against Freedom Industries - type spill (Befpre It's News)
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015

Op-ed: Time to upgrade drinking water protections (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

Bakken crude oil production relies on rail shipments (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sat., Aug. 30, 2014

Crude oil spilled from train may be in James River mud (Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke Times)
Wed., May. 7, 2014

EPA still trying to clean state's Superfund sites (Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Roanoke Times)
Sat., Apr. 5, 2014

Virginia water supplies so far unaffected by Dan River coal ash spill (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Water Environment Federation)
Sat., Feb. 8, 2014

Murphy: Reversing Virginia's toxic legacy (The Virginian-Pilot)
Fri., Feb. 7, 2014

Undermanned And Limited, Chemical Safety Board Confronts A Crisis (NPR)
Mon., Feb. 3, 2014

Fatal chemical accidents expose weak federal laws (USA Today, Daily Record)
Tue., Jan. 28, 2014

Va. urged to toughen toxic-chemical laws (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sun., Jan. 19, 2014

W.Va. chemical spill poses a new test for lawmakers (The Washington Post, The Oregonian, Norwich Bulletin, Charleston Daily Mail, The Tribune-Review)
Sun., Jan. 19, 2014

Obama's Plan to Bypass Congress: Big Talk, Little Action (The Fiscal Times)
Wed., Aug. 7, 2013

Don't Undercut Consumer Financial Protection Agencies: Independence (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Nov. 26, 2012

Agenda 21: Fact, Not Conspiracy (WND)
Fri., Mar. 23, 2012

Agenda 21: plot or paranoia? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sun., Mar. 18, 2012

Urgent overhaul of bisphenol A regs needed to protect public - report (FoodProductionDaily.com)
Tue., Jan. 31, 2012

Little Progress on Regulating BPA, Report Finds (ConsumerAffairs)
Fri., Jan. 27, 2012

Federal regulators have failed to act on toxic chemical, report says (The Center for Public Integrity)
Thu., Jan. 26, 2012

Report faults regulators for failing to crack down on BPA (E&E News)
Thu., Jan. 26, 2012

Education

B.A., Brown University 1993

M.P.P., Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 1999

J.D., Stanford Law School 1999

Contact Information

Rooom 317, International Center
(804) 289-8555
(Mobile)
(804) 289-8683 (Fax)

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Law and International Environmental Law
Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste Regulation
Climate Change
Transboundary Pollution

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