Preface to: in Rethinking Sustainability to Meet the Climate Change Challenge

6 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2015 Last revised: 1 Dec 2015

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Jessica Owley

University of Miami - School of Law

Keith H. Hirokawa

Albany Law School


In 2011, a handful of young environmental law professors strategized on ways to bring together academics to share their research and collaborate on important environmental issues of the day. The vision led to the founding of the Environmental Law Collaborative (ELC). Inspired by early conferences at Airlie House, the group created a forum to bring together our fellow researchers to discuss and make progress on pressing environmental concerns. The Environmental Law Collaborative facilitates dialog among thought leaders on sustainable policy priorities, practical implementation strategies, assessment mechanisms, and cooperative analysis of science, economics, and ethics.

This preface launches the ideas that emerged from the first gathering of the ELC. The group convened in Chester, Connecticut in the summer of 2012 to consider the meaning of sustainability in response to climate change. The resulting papers reflect the kind of thoughtful and sophisticated thinking that is needed to accelerate the transition to sustainability in the face of a changing climate. The chapters demonstrate that sustainability provides a creative space within which to develop ideas and proposals to further social, economic, and environmental goals at the same time. Many propose new or modified laws and policies. All of them contribute to a constructive and helpful discussion about how to address what is easily one of the most difficult and important questions facing the planet.

Suggested Citation

Owley, Jessica and Hirokawa, Keith H., Preface to: in Rethinking Sustainability to Meet the Climate Change Challenge. Rethinking Sustainability to Meet the Climate Change Challenge, 2015; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 11 for 2015-2016; SUNY Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-008. Available at SSRN:

Jessica Owley

University of Miami - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States

Keith H. Hirokawa (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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