President and Executive Director
Howard A. Learner is an experienced public interest environmental and energy litigation attorney serving as President of the Environmental Law & Policy Center – the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Mr. Learner is responsible for the overall strategic leadership and program direction for ELPC’s successful work to promote clean energy development solutions to climate change challenges, advance innovative transportation policies and modern infrastructure, protect healthier clean air and safe clean drinking water, and preserves the Great Lakes and the Midwest’s natural resources and heritage. One of ELPC’s core premises is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s clean energy and clean transportation development programs put that sustainable development policy principle into action.
Mr. Learner founded the ELPC in 1993 as an entrepreneurial start-up following his work as the General Counsel for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, where he specialized in complex environmental, energy, economic development and civil rights litigation in both federal and state courts. Much of Mr. Learner’s work has concentrated on developing and advocating new directions on clean energy and environmental policy issues
Mr. Learner is a professor (adjunct) at the University of Michigan Law School and the Northwestern University School of Law, teaching advanced seminars on energy law and climate change policy, environmental constitutionalism, and environmental law and sustainable development. Mr. Learner received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (1980), and his B.A. from the University of Michigan (1976).