TNC and Cleary Shortlisted for NYU Law Grunin Prize for Law and Social Entrepreneurship

May 13, 2020

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Cleary Gottlieb have been named finalists for the 2020 NYU Law Grunin Prize for Law and Social Entrepreneurship.

The firm worked pro bono with TNC to develop the Cumberland Forest Project, one of TNC’s largest-ever private conservation efforts in the eastern United States, protecting 253,000 acres of forest landscapes across Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. This project, accomplished using an innovative private equity-style fund structure, intends to demonstrate that forests can be responsibly managed to generate a return for investors while mitigating climate change and benefiting water quality, wildlife habitats, and local economic opportunities.

Cleary works with TNC and other global and local environmental organizations to preserve and protect the lands and waters on which communities depend. The NYU Law Grunin Prize will be awarded in the third quarter of 2020. Learn more about the finalists here.