The National Jurist, a magazine for law students, ranked Albany Law School as one of the nation's greenest law schools in its September issue.
Albany Law was one of seven schools to receive a magna cum laude designation, the second-highest category, with only four schools receiving the top designation.
The National Jurist evaluated green schools by considering each law school's curriculum, campus environment and building trends. Additional weight was given to those schools with a strong green focus in classes, faculty, internships and legal journals.
Environmental law is one of 14 concentrations offered at Albany Law, and students are able to participate in green field placements at government agencies and clean energy firms. Last year, the school added a professor to the faculty who specializes in environmental and natural resource law.
On campus, which is located in an urban setting, Albany Law's green actions include using compact florescent lighting that dims automatically based on levels of natural light, organic fertilizers and pesticides and sustainable housekeeping items such as biodegradable cleaning chemicals.
Albany Law's Government Law Center, collaborating with NYSERDA, is also currently developing a cleantech law seminar series to assist early stage green companies, and it has already created a web-based resource for the green sector that includes the Legal Handbook for Early Stage Business.