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.
Co-Author, Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes (Foundation Press, 2011).
Credit Default: The Limits of Energy Efficiency Markets in Climate Change Law, __ Ill. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015).
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).
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]
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).
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
Toxic ignorance and the challenge for Congress (The Hill)
Fri., Jun. 26, 2015
The City Of San Diego Is Suing Monsanto. Can It Win? (Think Progress)
Wed., Mar. 25, 2015
Time to Upgrade Drinking Water Protections Op-Ed (Richmond Times Dispatch)
Sun., Jan. 18, 2015
Time to Upgrade Drinking Water Protections (The Hill)
Fri., Jan. 9, 2015
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
Agenda 21: Fact, Not Conspiracy (WND)
Fri., Mar. 23, 2012
Agenda 21: plot or paranoia? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sun., Mar. 18, 2012
Little Progress on Regulating BPA, Report Finds (ConsumerAffairs)
Fri., Jan. 27, 2012
Report faults regulators for failing to crack down on BPA (E&E News)
Thu., Jan. 26, 2012
Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste Regulation