Environmental Law Society (ELS)

The Environmental Law Society is one of the largest and most active student organizations at the William S. Richardson School of Law. Created in 1987, ELS has built an impressive program of education, scholarship, and public service. The reasons for the students’ success are numerous: the natural environment that makes Hawai‘i an extraordinary place to learn; the strong support of administration, faculty, and alumni; and the effort of enthusiastic student members.

Hawai‘i’s unique environment makes it a rare and special place to study environmental law.


About the Environmental Law Society:
The University of Hawai`i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Lawʻs Environmental Law Society provides students and the community with exposure to environmental issues and laws, participates in conservation efforts, and develops students' skills to participate in the making of sound environmental policy. ELS organizes opportunities for students to go on exciting hikes and to participate in service projects throughout the school year. To enhance and enable student opportunities to work in the public sector of environmental law, ELS students raise funds for the summer grant program No Ke Ola O Ka `Aina (For the Life of the Land).

ELS members actively raise and promote awareness for greener living through ELS sponsored activities and by “living green” themselves. Living green does not necessarily entail radical sacrifices but those seemingly small changes that can have a big impact in the future. Some of those changes include: recycling, using re-usable coffee mugs and take-out containers, taking re-usable shopping bags to the grocery store, and turning off lights when not in a room, be it at home or at school.

Other ELS activities include participating in the City and County of Honolulu's Adopt-a-Stream program. In addition, ELS sponsors island-wide hiking trips and beach cleanups, presents papers at, and participates in, regional and national environmental conferences, and organizes service trips to the uninhabited island of Kaho'olawe to assist in cleanup and re-vegetation efforts on the former U.S. military bombing target.

ELS welcomes all those who are interested in environmental law or even those who just love the outdoors and want to keep Hawai`i beautiful so that we can continue to say, “lucky we live Hawai`i."