Tomás Carbonell

Adjunct Instructor


Tomás Carbonell co-teaches the Environmental Externship course at Howard University School of Law.  Prof. Carbonell is Director of Regulatory Policy and Lead Attorney with the U.S. Clean Air team at Environmental Defense Fund, where he specializes in climate change and clean air issues. Based in EDF’s Washington, DC office, Prof. Carbonell engages in litigation, regulatory proceedings, and policy analysis and advocacy on a variety of federal climate and clean air matters. His current areas of focus include reducing climate and health-harming pollution from the power sector; regulation of industrial hazardous air pollution; policies affecting regulatory science; and climate and clean air legislation.

Prior to joining EDF in July 2012, Prof. Carbonell practiced energy and environmental law as an associate at Van Ness Feldman, LLP. Prof. Carbonell is a 2008 graduate of Yale Law School, and completed master’s degrees in development economics and environmental management at Oxford University in 2005. He received bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, economics, and multidisciplinary studies from North Carolina State University in 2002. Prof. Carbonell is a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, and the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.