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Main Title Acting as if tomorrow matters : accelerating the transition to sustainability /
Author Dernbach, John C.,
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Author Title of a Work
Dernbach, John C.,
Publisher Environmental Law Institute,
Year Published 2012
OCLC Number 767565890
ISBN 9781585761586; 1585761583
Subjects Sustainable development--Law and legislation--United States ; Conservation of natural resources--Law and legislation--United States ; Environmental law--United States ; Sustainable development--United States ; Environmental degradation--Political aspects--United States ; Nachhaltigkeit--(DE-588)4326464-5 ; Umweltschutz--(DE-588)4061644-7 ; Umweltrecht--(DE-588)4061643-5
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJAM  KF5505.D47 2012 2 copies Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 02/19/2020
ELBM  KF5505.D47 2012 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 02/18/2020
Collation xxv, 369 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index. John C. Dernbach is identified as the principal author, with contributions from fifty-one other individuals.
Contents Notes
[Pt.] I. Modest progress toward an increasingly distant goal. Environmental and public health protection : steps forward and steps back -- Growing consumption and population -- Greater poverty, unemployment, and attention to environmental justice -- The built environment : shifting toward sustainability -- Governance : communities as sustainability leaders, states as energy leaders (and the federal government catching up?) -- Improving opportunities for sustainability education and engagement -- International activity : a more-sustainable direction but reduced influence -- [pt.] II. Drivers for sustainability. Growing support in spite of mixed public opinion -- More-sustainable decisions are easier to make and more attractive -- Lawmaking is not limited to environmental regulation -- [pt.] III. Obstacles to further progress. Habits, lack of urgency, and uncertainty about alternatives -- Unsupportive law and governance -- Political opposition and growing influence of other countries -- [pt.] IV. Accelerating progress, overcoming obstacles. More and better sustainability choices -- Law for sustainability -- Visionary and pragmatic governance -- An American sustainability movement. This is a guide to making the United States environmentally sustainable. It explains the progress made to date on sustainability, including a description of the most significant obstacles to rapid and increased success. Building on the framework that has guided real progress so far, the author explains in detail how to make a greater variety of more sustainable decisions even more attractive, how law can provide an even better enabling environment for sustainability, and how public opinion and leadership can more effectively be engaged to support sustainability.