Goal Setting in Environmental Decision Making

Environmental Decision Making (Robert Glicksman & LeRoy Paddock eds., Edward Elgar, 2016, Forthcoming)

Widener Law Commonwealth Research Paper No. 15-18

23 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2015

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John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Date Written: August 25, 2015

Abstract

One of the most important questions in the drafting of environmental laws is what goals the laws should achieve. Goals help organize all of the work that is done to implement these laws - standard setting, enforcement, funding, and even allocation of personnel. This chapter explores the variety of overall environmental, social, economic, and even security goals that environmental laws have. It then explains the importance of translating these broad objectives into specific goals based on targets and timetables. Such specific goals make these laws much more effective than they would otherwise be. Such goals are also becoming a central feature of the international effort to address climate change.

Keywords: goals, targets and timetables, sustainable development, United States, European Union, climate change

JEL Classification: K00, K32, Q2, Q3, Q4

Suggested Citation

Dernbach, John C., Goal Setting in Environmental Decision Making (August 25, 2015). Environmental Decision Making (Robert Glicksman & LeRoy Paddock eds., Edward Elgar, 2016, Forthcoming); Widener Law Commonwealth Research Paper No. 15-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2650500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2650500

John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School ( email )

3800 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9380
United States

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