Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Michael Burger

Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School


Michael Burger is the Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia Law School. His research and advocacy focus on legal strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate change adaptation through pollution control, resource management, land use planning and green finance. He is the editor of two recent books: Combating Climate Change with Section 115 of the Clean Air Act: Law and Policy Rationales (2020) and Climate Change, Public Health and the Law (2018). He also is of counsel at the boutique environmental law firm Sher Edling LLP. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and of Brown University, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Creative Writing program at NYU.