Former New York State Climate Change Policy Director to Head Up Influential Pace Energy & Climate Center

WHITE PLAINS, NY, July 27, 2011–Franz Litz, who has extensive experience in New York State energy and environmental law and policy, has been appointed the new Executive Director of Pace Law School’s Energy & Climate Center effective August 1.

Litz will oversee the Pace Energy & Climate Center’s (PECC) staff of attorneys, economists, and energy analysts as they develop new solutions to pressing energy and climate change problems in New York, the Northeast and beyond. Litz also will be appointed to the Pace Law School faculty and will teach energy and climate change law.

Litz previously led the climate change efforts of New York State from a post within the New York Department of Environmental Conservation from 2003-2007, and also served as an energy and air attorney for the DEC from 2001-2003.

Most recently, Litz was a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw work in more than 30 states and provinces in North America, as well as the three regional climate change initiatives in the Northeast, Midwest and West. Litz also has been active in shaping federal environmental policies to reduce global warming pollution. He previously practiced environmental law with the large Boston law firm Brown Rudnick.

Dean Michelle Simon is delighted to have Litz at PECC’s helm. “Franz brings tremendous practical experience in energy and climate change law and policy. Not only will he make a great leader of the Center, we are confident he will inspire the next generation of energy and climate lawyers and advocates coming out of Pace Law School.”

“It is a tremendous honor to lead the Pace Energy & Climate Center. I am eager to continue the proud Pace Law School tradition of developing good ideas and turning those ideas into action,” said Litz.

Litz’s immediate plans for the Pace Energy & Climate Center

Among the issues the Center will follow in the near term is Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to close the Indian Point nuclear plant. “If Governor Cuomo is serious about closing Indian Point, he should be looking for ways to replace the electricity generated with clean, renewable sources of electricity, like solar and wind power,” Litz commented.

Also in the near future, the Northeastern states will revisit their multi-state effort to reduce global warming pollution from power plants through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a program Litz helped design as director of climate change policy for New York. Litz said, “New York and the Northeast have an opportunity to demonstrate renewed leadership in the effort to reduce global warming pollution from power plants. The Pace Energy & Climate Center will be there to engage the Northeastern states to improve the program and drive national policy.”

Litz holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and has more than 17 years experience in energy and environmental law and policy in the private, government and non-profit sectors. He earned a B.A. in economics and political science from Union College.

The Pace Energy & Climate Center uses independent, non-partisan legal and policy research and analysis to advance effective actions on energy and climate change.  The Center was founded as the Pace Energy Project in 1987 by Dean Emeritus Richard L. Ottinger upon his retirement from Congress.


Lauren Rubenstein
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Founded in 1976, Pace Law School has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top three programs in environmental law. It offers full- and part-time JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus and offers the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in environmental law. The School of Law is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.


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