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Agenda for a Sustainable America

ISBN-10: 1585761338
ISBN-13: 9781585761333
Edition: N/A
Authors: John Dernbach
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Description: "Sustainability" is quickly becoming a household word in the United States. Public alarm over climate change has helped to make sustainable development a major public policy issue and a topic of growing importance in the daily lives of Americans.  More...

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List price: $52.95
Publisher: Environmental Law Institute
Publication date: 1/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

"Sustainability" is quickly becoming a household word in the United States. Public alarm over climate change has helped to make sustainable development a major public policy issue and a topic of growing importance in the daily lives of Americans. This book is a comprehensive assessment of U.S. progress toward sustainable development and a roadmap of necessary next steps toward achieving a sustainable America. Packed with facts, figures, and the well-informed opinions of thirty-two experts, it provides an illuminating "snapshot" of sustainability in the United States today. And each of the contributors suggests where we need to go next, recommending three to fi ve specific actions that we should take during the next five to ten years. It thus offers a comprehensive agenda that citizens, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and government leaders and policymakers can use to make decisions today and to plan for the future. Sustainable development holds enormous promise for improving the quality of life for Americans over the coming decades.Agenda for a Sustainable Americadescribes what we need to do to make the promise a reality. It assesses trends in twenty-eight separate areas of American lifeincluding forestry; transportation; oceans and estuaries; religion; and state, local, and national governance. In every area, contributors reveal what sustainable development could mean, with suggestions that are specifi c, desirable, and achievable. Their expert recommendations point the way toward greater economic and social well-being, increased security, and environmental protection and restoration for current and future generations of Americans. Together they build a convincing case for how sustainable development can improve our opportunities and our lives.

John C. Dernbach is a professor of law at Widener University Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.nbsp; He has divided his career between teaching and government service.nbsp; nbsp; In his teaching role, Dernbach has focused on sustainable development in the United States.nbsp; He has edited the only two comprehensive nongovernmental assessments of U.S. sustainable development efforts.nbsp; He has written and lectured widely on sustainable development, climate change, environmental law, and legal writing.nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; In two stints totaling near 15 years, he worked at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Environmental Protection).nbsp; During this time, he helped drafted or help implement comprehensive and nationally recognized reforms to Pennsylvania’s mining and waste programs.nbsp; More recently, he directed the Department’s policy office.nbsp; nbsp;

Preface
Editor and Contributing Author
Contributing Authors
Introduction
Sustainable Development and the United States
Progress Toward Sustainability: A Report Card by the Contributing Authors
Agenda for a Sustainable America by the Contributing Authors
Six Areas of Greater Progress
Local Governance and Sustainability: Major Progress, Significant Challenges
Brownfields Development: From Individual Sites to Smart Growth
Business and Industry: Transitioning to Sustainability
Higher Education: More and More Laboratories for Inventing a Sustainable Future
Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Education: Fragmentary Progress in Equipping Students to Think and Act in a Challenging World
Religion and Ethics Focused on Sustainability
Consumption, Population, and Poverty
Sustainable and Unsustainable Developments in the U.S. Energy System
Materials: From High Consumption to More Sustainable Resource Use
The Importance of Curbing and Ending Population Growth to Achieve Sustainability
Poverty: Greening the Tax and Transfer System to Create More Opportunities
Conservation and Management of Natural Resources
Freshwater: Sustaining Use by Protecting Ecosystems
Oceans and Estuaries: The Ocean Commissions' Unfulfilled Vision
Air Quality: The Need to Replace Basic Technologies With Cleaner Alternatives
Climate Change: The Unmet Obligation to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Biodiversity Conservation: An Unrealized Aspiration
Sustainable Forestry: Moving From Concept to Consistent Practice
Waste and Toxic Chemicals
Toxic Chemicals and Pesticides: Not Yet Preventing Pollution
Hazardous Waste and Superfund: Few Changes and Little Progress
Municipal Solid Waste: Building Stronger Connections to Jobs and the Economy
Land Use and Transportation
Land Use: Blending Smart Growth With Social Equity and Climate Change Mitigation
Transportation: Challenges and Choices
International Trade, Finance, and Development Assistance
International Trade: Sustainability as a Multilateral, Bilateral, and Regional Effort
Official Development Assistance: Toward Funding for Sustainability
Financing Sustainable Development
Lead Poisoning and Pollution: Opportunities for Internationalized Solutions
State and Federal Governance
State Governance: Leadership on Climate Change
Public Access to Information, Participation, and Justice: Forward and Backward Steps Toward an Informed and Engaged Citizenry
National Governance: Still Stumbling Toward Sustainability
Index

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