About the Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programs


In 1986, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ELI founded the Center for State, Local, and Regional Environmental Programs to promote the important agenda of supporting subnational governments and sovereign tribes in managing natural resources and implementing and enforcing the laws governing environmental protection. The Center's unique approach highlights ELI’s in-depth knowledge of state, tribal, and local environmental law and programs, and supports the growing need for guidance and analysis of these protection efforts.


  1. Create stronger state, tribal, and local environmental programs
  2. Support the role of state, tribal, and local governments in environmental management and enforcement