On Aug. 5, the world lost Ed Lloyd, a pioneering public interest lawyer and a true crusader for the environment.

Ed began his legal career with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group in the 1980s, where he worked with a team of lawyers to bring scores of citizen enforcement suits under the Clean Water Act, stopping illegal pollution and securing millions in penalties and funds for local environmental projects.

In 1990, Ed joined current Litigation Director Chuck Caldart as one of the two founding attorneys of the National Environmental Law Center, where he brought environmental enforcement cases and permit appeals from his base at the Environmental Law Clinic at Rutgers University in Newark.

Ed later crossed the Hudson to assume the directorship of the Environmental Law Clinic at Columbia Law School, and more recently served as a stalwart member of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, where he was instrumental in preventing the construction of a natural gas pipeline.

Ed’s advocacy for conservation and public health remains an inspiration. He is survived by his wife, Janine Bauer, and their two children.