Kevin Budris

Senior Attorney CLF Rhode Island @kevin_budris

Kevin Budris is a Senior Attorney in the Zero Waste Project at CLF.  Kevin’s work focuses on advancing zero waste solutions such as responsible production, waste reduction, reuse, composting, and recycling, while opposing landfill expansions, waste incinerators, and other polluting practices that threaten our communities and our environment.  Before joining CLF, Kevin worked at the National Environmental Law Center, where he litigated citizen enforcement lawsuits against companies in violation of federal environmental statutes.

Kevin has a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, and an A.B. from Harvard University.  Following law school, Kevin clerked for Judge Janet Bond Arterton in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and also worked as a litigator at a large international law firm in Boston.  Kevin is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, and before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Ninth Circuit.

Kevin lives with his family in Providence, Rhode Island.  When he’s not at work, Kevin can be found exploring the woods, beaches, and mountains of New England, or toiling away on his latest brewing or sewing project.

Recent Posts

Global Plastic Treaty Can be a Bold Step in Turning Off the Plastic Tap
The most important environmental pact since the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement – that’s how the director of the United Nations Environmental Programme describes a new agreement for global plastics pollution. The 175 nations – including the U.S. – that signed on to the agreement will now draft and enter into a legally binding treaty to…
Connecticut Modernizes Its Bottle Bill, But at What Cost?
Connecticut’s bottle return program has long needed an upgrade. As with other New England states, Connecticut’s 5-cent deposit on beverage containers isn’t enough of an incentive to drive bottle redemption and recycling – and hasn’t been for some time. In fact, the 5-cent fee hasn’t changed since the program started in 1980. As a result, consumers…
Big Corporations are Lobbying to Burn Plastic, But We’re Pushing Back
It’s no secret that single-use plastics are sourced from dirty fossil fuels. As a result, plastics production, use, and disposal pose critical threats to our health, environment, and climate. But the powerful interests directly responsible for our plastics crisis – the petrochemical and plastics industries – claim they have a “solution.” They want to make…
Can We Make Waste Incinerators Safe? Yes, By Shutting Them All Down
Every day across New England, waste incinerators spew emissions containing toxic pollutants like dioxins, lead, and mercury into the air. They get away with this because clean air laws often favor polluters instead of the people they’re supposed to protect. In fact, trash burners can often blow right past their mandated emissions limits – legally.…


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