Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 4, 2009
19 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2009 Last revised: 23 Jul 2015
Date Written: June 15, 2009
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).
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, O22
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Dernbach, John C., An Agenda for Sustainable Communities (June 15, 2009). Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 4, 2009; Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1527451