An Agenda for Sustainable Communities
John C. Dernbach
Widener University - School of Law
June 15, 2009
Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 4, 2009
Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-28
This article summarizes progress toward sustainable communities in the United States since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (or Earth Summit) in 1992. It shows the significant initiative that many communities have undertaken and identifies existing state and federal laws as impediments to achieving sustainability. This article also makes recommendations for further progress based on what we have already learned about how to achieve sustainable communities. They include not only more and strengthened sustainable community efforts, and broad state and federal legal support, but also deep engagement of all affected citizens. This article is based primarily on three separate assessments of U.S. sustainable development efforts since 1992, including Agenda for a Sustainable America (2009).
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: sustainable development, sustainable communities, climate change, brownfield redevelopment, land use, transportation, sprawl, civil society, governance, education
JEL Classification: Q01, Q2, Q28, Q3, Q38, Q48, Q54, O2, O22Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 27, 2009 ; Last revised: December 17, 2013
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