James T.B Tripp

James T.B Tripp

Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund

James T. B. Tripp has served as Counsel for Environmental Defense Fund since 1973 and as General Counsel since 1983.  Mr. Tripp is responsible for the review of all Environmental Defense Fund legal action initiatives and has been admitted to the New York State Bar, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, several U.S. courts of appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

Through Environmental Defense Fund’s Living Cities program, he works on a wide range of land use, transportation, water resources, solid waste, ecosystem restoration and energy issues in the NY metropolitan region. His expertise led to his appointment to the New York State Department of Transportation's Advisory Panel on Transportation Policy for 2025 (2004), New York Governor George Pataki's Greenhouse Gas Task Force (2001-2002), and to Governor Pataki's Superfund Work Group (1999-2000).

Mr. Tripp helped to design a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program in the Long Island Pine Barrens, and has also been extensively involved in land conservation and smart growth efforts in the Highlands ecosystem, which stretches from eastern Pennsylvania through New Jersey and New York into western Connecticut.

Through EDF’s Land Water and Wildlife program, he has also been engaged in state and federal efforts to restore the Mississippi River Delta in south Louisiana and bottomland hardwood resources in the lower Mississippi Basin for more than 30 years. He served on former Louisiana Governor Michael Foster's Commission on the Future of Coastal Louisiana, and has served on the Louisiana Governor's Commission on Coastal Restoration and Conservation.

Chairs the board of New Partners for Community Revitalization and the Long Island Pine Barrens Clearinghouse Advisory Board. Formerly, he has chaired the Highlands Coalition Board and the New York City Water Board.  He is a member of the Civitas Board, and also serves on the Boards of the Tri-State (New York, New Jersey, & Connecticut) Transportation Campaign, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Author or co-author of numerous articles on wetland preservation, groundwater quality, solid waste, design of rights transfer systems, Cuba environmental law and NEPA reform. Recipient, Robert C. Stover Environmental Advocate Award, given by New York State Bar Association (1986).

Assistant US attorney, Southern District of New York (1968- 1973); summer volunteer, lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (1967, 1968); associate, Hale, Russell & Stentzel (1966-1968).

L.L.B., Yale University
M.A. Philosophy, Yale University


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