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Rethinking Sustainability to Meet the Climate Change Challenge


Michael Burger


Roger Williams University School of Law

Elizabeth Burleson


London School of Economics (LSE); BurlesonInstitute.org

Rebecca M. Bratspies


City University of New York - School of Law

Robin Kundis Craig


University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Alexandra R. Harrington


McGill University - Faculty of Law

Keith H. Hirokawa


Albany Law School

Sarah Krakoff


University of Colorado Law School

Katrina Fischer Kuh


Hofstra University - School of Law

Stephen R. Miller


University of Idaho College of Law - Boise

Jessica Owley


SUNY Buffalo Law School

Patrick A. Parenteau


Vermont Law School

Melissa Powers


Lewis & Clark Law School

Shannon Roesler


Oklahoma City University - School of Law

Jonathan D. Rosenbloom


Drake University Law School

December 14, 2012

43 Environmental Law Reporter 10342-10357
SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-023
Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-05
Lewis & Clark Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-1
University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 22

Abstract:     
This article presents a preliminary effort to capture the dialogue at the Environmental Law Collaborative’s inaugural Workshop. Attendees engaged in the re-conceptualization of sustainability in the age of climate change, premised on evidence that climate change is forcing changes in the norms of political, social, economic, and technological standards. As climate change continues to dominate many fields of research, sustainability is at a critical moment that challenges its conceptual coherence. Sustainability has never been free from disputes over its meaning and has long struggled with the difficulties of simultaneously implementing the “triple-bottom line” components of environmental, economic, and social well-being. Climate change, however, suggests that the context for sustainable decision-making is shifting.

The event produced an intensive and collaborative conversation on how to assess sustainability in the age of climate change. The essays appearing here examine the process of adapting the principles and application of sustainability to the demands of climate change, including (but not limited to) 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. These essays also contemplate the role of law and legal systems in crafting effective climate change adaptation strategies and consider feasible strategies in the context of specific examples.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: sustainability, climate change, adaptation, resiliency

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Date posted: December 16, 2012 ; Last revised: September 3, 2013

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Burger, Michael and Burleson, Elizabeth and Bratspies, Rebecca M. and Craig, Robin Kundis and Harrington, Alexandra R. and Hirokawa, Keith H. and Krakoff, Sarah and Kuh, Katrina Fischer and Miller, Stephen R. and Owley, Jessica and Parenteau, Patrick A. and Powers, Melissa and Roesler, Shannon and Rosenbloom, Jonathan D., Rethinking Sustainability to Meet the Climate Change Challenge (December 14, 2012). 43 Environmental Law Reporter 10342-10357; SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-023; Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-05; Lewis & Clark Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-1; University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 22. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2189530

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Michael Burger
Roger Williams University School of Law ( email )
10 Metacom Avenue
Bristol, RI 02809
United States
4012544610 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://law.rwu.edu/michael-burger
Elizabeth Burleson
London School of Economics (LSE) ( email )
BurlesonInstitute.org ( email )
Rebecca M. Bratspies
City University of New York - School of Law ( email )
2 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States
Robin Kundis Craig
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )
332 S. 1400 East Front
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

Alexandra R. Harrington
McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )
3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada
Keith H. Hirokawa
Albany Law School ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

Sarah Krakoff
University of Colorado Law School ( email )
401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States
Katrina Fischer Kuh
Hofstra University - School of Law ( email )
121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
United States

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Stephen R. Miller
University of Idaho College of Law - Boise ( email )
322 E. Front St., Ste. 590
Boise, ID 83702
United States
208-364-4559 (Phone)
208-344-2176 (Fax)
Jessica Owley (Contact Author)
SUNY Buffalo Law School ( email )
School of Law
528 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States
716-645-8182 (Phone)
716-645-2064 (Fax)

Patrick A. Parenteau
Vermont Law School ( email )
68 North Windsor Street
P.O. Box 60
South Royalton, VT 05068
United States
802 831 1305 (Phone)
802 831 1158 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.vermontlaw.edu

Melissa Powers
Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )
10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States
Shannon Roesler
Oklahoma City University - School of Law ( email )
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
United States
Jonathan D. Rosenbloom
Drake University Law School ( email )
27th & Carpenter Sts.
Des Moines, IA 50311
United States
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