William Boyd

Senior Advisor and Project Lead

Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force

William Boyd joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty in 2008. Professor Boyd received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, Professor Boyd clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Boyd then served as American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow and Counsel on the Democratic minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. He then practiced energy, environmental and climate change law with the firm of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC. As a faculty member at the law school, Professor Boyd teaches energy law & regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. Professor Boyd continues to be actively involved in legislative and regulatory debates on energy and climate change at state, national, and international levels. He currently serves as the faculty director of Colorado Law’s Energy Innovation Initiative,, and as senior advisor and project lead for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF),, a unique subnational collaboration between 22 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States that is working to develop regulatory frameworks to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use.


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