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Date: February 17, 2011

Tula Foundation's $2.75 Million Grant To UVic Law Expands Environmental Law Teaching And Research

A new agreement between the University of Victoria and the Quadra Island-based Tula Foundation provides $2.75 million to UVic Law to support teaching and research in environmental law and sustainability. The Tula Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental sustainability, public service, research and teaching. UVic has also signed an affiliation agreement with the foundation’s Hakai Beach Institute to develop future research and teaching opportunities for UVic students. The institute’s 215-acre facility is located on Calvert Island on B.C.’s spectacular and ecologically sensitive Central Coast.

The funding agreement has two components. The Tula Foundation will continue to support UVic’s Environmental Law Centre (ELC), Canada’s leading clinical program in environmental law, and will also support a new Environmental Law and Sustainability Program that will significantly expand the faculty’s teaching and research in this area. Professor Chris Tollefson, the founding executive director of the ELC, will be appointed the inaugural Hakai Chair in Environmental Law and Sustainability. Professor Deborah Curran, who has been project director at the centre, will become the inaugural Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability. Amongst other activities, she will teach an interdisciplinary course at the Hakai Beach Institute in the summer. The agreement will also fund a third teaching position at UVic Law.

The Tula Foundation has provided financial support to the Faculty of Law and the ELC since 2006. The new enhanced funding agreement will extend that commitment for another five years.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for our students,” says Dean Donna Greschner of UVic Law. “The Tula Foundation’s support since 2006 gives our students the best clinical education in environmental law. With this new agreement, the students will now also have the best program in environmental law and sustainability in the country—bar none. The dedicated professors, lawyers and staff involved with the Environmental Law Centre have taught students how to protect the environment and make a difference in the world. The new commitment by the Tula Foundation will support and enhance this important work at the Faculty of Law.”

Media contacts:

Professor Chris Tollefson (Faculty of Law) at 250.721.8170 or ctollef@uvic.ca
Thomas Winterhoff, Communications Officer (Faculty of Law) at 250.721.8162 or lawcomm@uvic.ca

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Environmental Law Teaching And Research At UVic

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