Johannes Epke

Staff Attorney CLF Massachusetts

Johannes Epke is a Staff Attorney working in transportation, environmental justice, and climate resilience. Johannes brings his diverse legal, political, and organizing experience to bear to advance CLF’s goals in these areas. Prior to joining CLF, Johannes worked in election reform, and served as general counsel for American Promise in Massachusetts and grassroots organizer for Move to Amend in California and New York. He previously practiced environmental law in California, working in air pollution, energy, and environmental justice.

Johannes has a J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law from Lewis & Clark Law School, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Legal Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz. He is licensed to practice in California.

Johannes lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife, their collection of house plants, and the old computers and bicycles he enjoys fixing.


Recent Posts

Our Explainer on What Just Happened on the Boston Waterfront
In early April, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge threw out a 2018 state plan intended to guide development along a section of Boston’s waterfront that stretches from Long Wharf to the old Northern Avenue Bridge. The process that led to that Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan violated decades-old laws governing the city’s waterfront – including…
Here’s What a Clean, Equitable Future Should Look Like in New England
An earlier version of this article was posted in October 2020. We all have a vision of what we want for our community. But the harsh reality is that those of us who live in low-income, immigrant, and communities of color have less agency to create that vision than those of us in whiter, wealthier…
What Do We Mean by Environmental Justice?
An earlier version of this article was posted in October 2020. For decades, low-income, immigrant, and communities of color across New England have been overburdened by air pollution from power plants, congested highways, and industrial facilities. These same burdens resulted in COVID-19 and its associated economic crisis taking a much heavier toll on these communities…
Building Communities That Thrive: A Conversation with Dr. Thea James
In the United States, your zip code is a powerful predictor of how long you live. For someone in Newton, Massachusetts, life expectancy extends well into the 90s. But drive just an hour south to New Bedford, and you’ll find it drops to an average of just 68 years old.  It’s tempting to boil down…
Massachusetts Still Needs a Roadmap to Beat Climate Change
UPDATE: As the end of the year approaches, lawmakers are close to taking action that would protect the long-term health and safety of Massachusetts residents. The House Roadmap Bill and the Senate Climate Bill are under review in the conference committee, with legislators stitching together a critical final version to pass on to the Governor.…

 

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