James Gignac, '01

Moving the U.S. 'beyond coal'

J.D., Harvard Law School; Former Law Clerk, Alaska Supreme Court

Midwest Director, Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, Chicago, Illinois

My interest in environmental law was sparked through an environmental history course and an opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary summer research project on threats facing a local watershed. I realized that environmental issues are complex, compelling, and important, touching on economics, social justice, and international relations. Now I'm working to address climate change by moving us beyond coal to clean energy solutions.