SANFORD J. LEWIS is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in public policy related issues, including environmental law, securities law and public policy campaigns. He is a leading national expert on corporate duties of disclosure of environmental and social issues in securities filings. He is a member of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, and former Board member ofCERES and Communities Concerned About Corporations.
He is also the producer and editor of video productions, including Contaminated Without Consent, The Truth About Cats, Dogs & Lawn Chemicals, Off the Books! Environment & Human Rights and 20 Years Without Justice: The Bhopal Chemical Disaster.
Previously he was the founder and director of the Good Neighbor Project for Sustainable Industries, a project of the nonprofit Tides Center and a part time instructor of Environmental Law in graduate programs at Tufts University and U.C.L.A. The Good Neighbor Project involved community-based negotiations with corporations on environmental and economic issues, as embodied in Good Neighbor Agreements and Corporate-Community Compacts. He is the author of the Good Neighbor Handbook: A Community-based Strategy for Sustainable Industry. The Good Neighbor Project (GNP) helped neighbors and workers to negotiate for clean, stable and fair local industries.
He was attorney and lobbyist for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group from 1983 to 1986. In that capacity he was a coauthor of a Massachusetts hazardous waste cleanup ballot initiative, supported by a landslide vote of 74% of voters in November 1986. He was also a leading advocate for numerous Massachusetts laws and regulations, including the state Superfund and hazardous waste management rules.
In his capacity as legal director for the National Toxics Campaign Fund he wrote the legal chapters of the citizens’ handbook “Fighting Toxics” published in 1990 by Island Press. He was coauthor of “From Poison to Prevention” and “Shadow on the Land,” seminally important policy reports on hazardous waste reduction, and agricultural chemicals policies, respectively. During 1991 he wrote “Border Trouble,” which detailed for the first time the water quality problems along the U.S.-Mexico border due to industrial development in that region. In 1992, he coauthored “Inconclusive by Design,” which identified waste, fraud and abuse in federal environmental health research studies around hazardous waste sites.
He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. ‘83) and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Urban Communications from Cook College, Rutgers University.