Amy Turner

Amy Turner is the Director of the Cities Climate Law Initiative at the Sabin Center, and an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School. Her work focuses on the laws and legal tools cities use to achieve their climate and equity commitments. In addition to legal academic research on municipal carbon mitigation law and policy, Amy consults directly with city attorneys and sustainability professionals on legal questions relating to carbon mitigation in the buildings, transportation, waste and energy sectors. She is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental and municipal law and in identifying legal pathways for cities to enact policies consistent with their climate and equity targets, including through evolving laws such as the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act. She is a co-author of the forthcoming book Urban Climate Law from Columbia University Press and is widely cited in press stories on local climate law and policy. Since 2022, Amy has served on New York City’s Sustainability Advisory Board, which advises the city on a range of sustainability initiatives.

Prior to joining the Sabin Center in 2019, Amy was the executive director and a co-founder of the NYC Climate Action Alliance. She practiced environmental and transactional law for ten years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and in solo practice. Amy graduated from Middlebury College, magna cum laude, and from Harvard Law School, where she was an articles and technical editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She formerly served as co-chair for the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Environmental Law and currently serves as vice chair of the board of directors for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.



Cities Stand to Win Big With the Inflation Reduction Act. How Do They Turn This Opportunity Into Results?, InsideClimate (June 1, 2023)

Editorial: New York banned gas from new buildings. Why not California, L.A. Times (May 8, 2023).

What New York’s natural gas ban means for other states, CBS News (May 3, 2023).

N.Y. ditches gas stoves, fossil fuels in new buildings in first statewide ban in U.S., Washington Post (May 3, 2023).

Worried about gas ban litigation? After court tosses Berkeley rule, legal experts look at cities’ options, SmartCities Dive (April 27, 2023).

What 9th Circuit ruling means for building gas bans, EnergyWire (Apr. 18, 2023).

Berkeley’s landmark gas ban overturned, ripple effects may be limited, Canary Media (Apr. 18, 2023).

What gas’ court win means for stove bans nationwide, Politico (Apr. 18, 2023).

New York Poised to Ban Gas Stoves in New Buildings as Part of All-Electric Mandate,

 Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2023.

N.Y. lawmakers near first gas ban for new buildings, E&E News Energywire, March 16, 2023.

New York state relights the gas stove wars, Politico, March 16, 2023.

Mayor Adams' record-breaking $102B budget paints a foggy future for climate initiatives, Gothamist, February 3, 2023.

Guide to Help Cities Make the Most of Billions in Climate Funds, Governing, November 23, 2022.

How Cities Can Make the Most of IRA Dollars, Local Energy Rules podcast, October 12, 2022.

California’s 2030 ban on gas heaters opens a new front in the war on fossil fuels, Grist, September 26, 2022. 

‘Electrify Arlington’ in step with new climate law, Your Arlington, Aug. 20, 2022.

Ten cities and towns are poised to ban fossil fuels from new buildings, Boston Globe, August 14, 2022.

“Smart” surfaces could chill overheating cities, Axios, July 21, 2022.

After Blocking Gas Bans in Red States, Fossil Fuel Industry Eyes New Jersey, HuffPost, July 12, 2022.

The Supreme Court’s EPA ruling was the beginning of something bigger, Washington Post, July 6, 2022.

After Supreme Court Ruling, Cities ‘Left Holding the Bag’ on Climate Change, Bloomberg CityLab, June 30, 2022.

What Makes Electrifying the Economy So Challenging?, State of the Planet, June 3, 2022.

The Legal Clash Over a City’s Landmark Natural Gas Ban, Route Fifty, May 31, 2022.

A Natural Gas Giant is Waging a Sneaky War On a Minor Colorado Climate Policy, HuffPost, March 5, 2022.

Proposal to forbid local gas bans dropped in Senate, Virginia Mercury, March 2, 2022.

Brookline wants a fossil fuel-free future. With latest ruling, AG says: not yet (again), Boston Globe,

February 25, 2022.

The Lead with Jake Tapper, CNN, February 17, 2022.

DOE Says Gas Bans Aren’t Preempted by Energy Efficiency, Law360, February 9, 2022.

Keepers of the flame vs. climate change reduction; Gas bans worry cooks, Christian Science Monitor, January 25, 2022.

New York City Banned Gas in New Buildings. Here’s What You Need to Know, The City, Dec. 15, 2021.

How Biden’s agencies order hits natural gas, E&E News Energywire, December 13, 2021.

New York City’s natural gas ban is a major milestone for city climate policy, Quartz, Dec. 16, 2021.

Bill to Require All-Electric Buildings in New York State Gets a Jump-Start, The City, November 1, 2021.

The Road to Clean Air is a Toll Road, Regulatory Review, October 6, 2021.

New York City council requires climate resilience plan, Quartz, October 11, 2021.

What It Will Take for Kathy Hochul to Get Congestion Pricing Right, Curbed, August 26, 2021.

Challenge to Berkeley gas regulation dismissed, a win for cities in carbon emissions fight, Utility Dive, July 19, 2021.

With Time Running Out To Cut Carbon From Buildings, Industry Just Tightened Its Grip, Huffington Post, July 2, 2021.

He wanted to get his home off fossil fuels. There was just one problem, Grist, March 18, 2021.

Making buildings energy efficient just got harder, Popular Science, March 12, 2021.

Electric Vehicles: First U.S. gas station ban sparks battle, E&E News, March 11, 2021.

After Championing Greener Building Codes, Local Governments Lose Right To Vote, Huffington Post, March 4, 2021.

Secretary Pete Is Already Coming Through for New York City on Congestion Pricing, Curbed, February 23, 2021.

A Year in Review: What to Take Forward From 2020, State of the Planet, December 21, 2020.

Does your state want to cut carbon emissions? These old laws could be standing in the way., Grist, August 10, 2020.

How Environmental Movement Plans to Leverage the Coronavirus Pandemic, Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2020.

Video: In New York’s Empty Streets, Lessons for Climate Change in Response to Covid-19, InsideClimate News, April 17, 2020.

Could the COVID-19 pandemic be an environmental inflection point?, Global News CA, March 29, 2020.