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Interim Director, Penn State Sustainability Institute, Penn State

Professor Lara Fowler is an attorney and mediator who focuses on environmental, energy, and natural resource law, with a specific focus on water and energy related issues. She is the interim Chief Sustainability Officer for Penn State, the interim Director of the Penn State Sustainability Institute, a Professor of Teaching at Penn State Law, and Affiliate Faculty with the Penn State School of International Affairs. Her research focuses on issues related to water, agriculture, the Chesapeake Bay, and energy. Prior to joining Penn State, she was an attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP in Seattle, Washington, where she focused on mediation and dispute resolution of complex natural resource issues, as well as representing clients facing regulatory hurdles in the environmental and energy fields. She has worked on issues such as who is entitled to store groundwater in the greater Los Angeles area, flooding issues in the Chehalis Basin, Washington State’s second largest river basin, and energy issues in the Pacific Northwest. Before pursuing a legal career, she was a senior water resources coordinator with the Oregon Water Resources Department.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Law, Penn State


Fulbright Scholar, Sweden (2019-2020)