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Rethinking Sustainability to Meet the Climate Change Challenge

April 2013

Citation: 43 ELR 10342

Issue: 4

Author: Michael Burger, Elizabeth Burleson, Rebecca M. Bratspies, Robin Kundis Craig, Alexandra R. Harrington, David M. Driesen, Keith H. Hirokawa, Sarah Krakoff, Katrina Fischer Kuh, Stephen R. Miller, Jessica Owley, Patrick Parenteau, Melissa Powers, Shannon M. Roesler, and Jonathan Rosenbloom

A group of environmental law professors formed the Environmental Law Collaborative with the goal of engaging environmental law scholars in the thorny issues of the day. The members of the Collaborative gathered in the summer of 2012 to produce an intensive and collective assessment of sustainability in the age of climate change. Their writings examine the process of adapting the principles and application of sustainability to the demands of climate change, including framing the term sustainability in climate change discussions; coordinating sustainable practices across disciplines such as law, economics, ethics, and the hard sciences; and conceptualizing the role of sustainability in formulating adaptation and resiliency strategies. Their work also contemplates the role of law and legal systems in crafting effective climate change adaptation strategies and considers feasible strategies in the context of specific examples.

Rebecca M. Bratspies, Professor, CUNY School of Law; Michael Burger, Associate Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law; Elizabeth Burleson, Associate Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law; Robin Kundis Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College of Law, The University of Utah; David M. Driesen, University Professor, College of Law, Syracuse University; Alexandra R. Harrington, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Albany Law School; Keith H. Hirokawa, Associate Professor of Law, Albany Law School; Sarah Krakoff, Professor and Wolf-Nichol Fellow, University of Colorado Law School; Katrina Fischer Kuh, Associate Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University; Stephen R. Miller, Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law; Jessica Owley, Associate Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School; Patrick Parenteau, Senior Counsel to the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School; Melissa Powers, Associate Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School; Shannon M. Roesler, Associate Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University Law School; and Jonathan Rosenbloom, Associate Professor of Law, Drake University Law School.

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