Gavin Kearney

Deputy Managing Attorney Clean Energy Program


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Gavin Kearney is a deputy managing attorney in the Clean Energy Program, helping to advance Earthjustice’s efforts to end reliance on dirty power plants, address toxic coal ash waste, and transition to clean, renewable energy sources.

Gavin has spent his career serving and partnering with impacted communities to address systemic racism and achieve environmental justice. Prior to joining Earthjustice in 2022, Gavin directed the Equitable Community Development program at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights where he led multi-faceted, community-driven advocacy to ensure equity in areas such as land use, housing policy, and the clean energy economy. Previously Gavin served as the director of the Environmental Justice program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest where he worked with community coalitions to address environmental racism and advance sustainability in areas such as solid waste management, power plant siting, and land use.

Gavin received his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.

The Latest from Gavin Kearney

March 12, 2024

In the News: Energy News Network

Parsing legal definitions, power industry pushes back on EPA coal ash enforcement

“The whole overarching point (of the federal rules) is that groundwater contamination is a big problem; it’s really unsafe, and we have to prevent it. You can’t let water in (to a coal ash impoundment); you can’t let water out; you can’t let water just sit inside the impoundment.”