Agenda for a Sustainable America

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"Sustainability" is quickly becoming a household word in the United States. Public alarm over climate change has helped to make sustainable development a major public policy issue and a topic of growing importance in the daily lives of Americans. This book is a comprehensive assessment of U.S. progress toward sustainable development and a roadmap of necessary next steps toward achieving a sustainable America. Packed with facts, figures, and the well-informed opinions of forty-one experts, it provides an illuminating “snapshot” of sustainability in the United States today. And each of the contributors suggests where we need to go next, recommending three to five specific actions that we should take during the next five to ten years. It thus offers a comprehensive agenda that citizens, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and government leaders and policymakers can use to make decisions today and to plan for the future. Sustainable development holds enormous promise for improving the quality of life for Americans over the coming decades. Agenda for a Sustainable America describes what we need to do to make the promise a reality. It assesses trends in twenty-eight separate areas of American life—including forestry; transportation; oceans and estuaries; religion; and state, local, and national governance. In every area, contributors reveal what sustainable development could mean, with suggestions that are specific, desirable, and achievable. Their expert recommendations point the way toward greater economic and social well-being, increased security, and environmental protection and restoration for current and future generations of Americans. Together they build a convincing case for how sustainable development can improve our opportunities and our lives.
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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
“The book covers so many areas that it's hard to put it all into words. The best action to take is to read it yourself. The message is clear and our leaders should heed the warnings and embrace the solutions it offers. All of us must take part for these ideas to work. Wake up people—before it's too late.”
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (WI)
"This comprehensive review of the United States' environmental efforts is a reminder that despite our progress, we have further to travel on the road toward sustainability." 
Donald Kennedy
"Sustainability is seldom described with the depth, scholarly detail, and richness of this work.  It is the sector-by-sector primer for what must be done to preserve our grandchildren's rights to the nation they will inherit."
Dan Esty
"With chapters from a wide range of leading thinkers An Agenda for a Sustainable America blazes a trail toward environmental progress across a broad spectrum of critical issues.  Must reading for the new President - and for all of us."
president, United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund - The Honorable Timothy E. Wirth
"Far more than a report card on the disappointing performance of the United States in fulfilling the pledges made at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Agenda for a Sustainable America tells us where we should go from here.  The book lays out, sector by sector, what is needed to shape a brighter future for the nation and, by extension, the world community.  The next administration would be wise to use this as a guide book for its policies." 
Fred Krupp
"Terrific--a unique and important piece of work, providing a comprehensive roadmap for the journey to sustainability. Policymakers, business leaders, NGOs, and community leaders will all find a wealth of thoughtful assessments and forward looking prescriptions. This is at heart an optimistic compendium that paints a picture of a healthy, secure and prosperous society."
Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Professor in the Pra - James Gustave Speth
"John Dernbach and his contributing authors have produced one of those rare volumes on sustainability that reaches out to the corporate, governmental, and academic audiences.  I highly recommend it for classroom use in undergraduate and graduate courses."
Paul R. Ehrlich
"[This book] covers the gamut from air pollution to zoning regulations in assessing where we stand in sustainability and what we need to do to meet the challenges of the future. A follow-on to Stumbling toward Sustainability, Agenda is a must-read for the next Congress, as well as America's leaders in business, state and local governments, education, and civil society."
Midwest Book Review

“The book covers so many areas that it's hard to put it all into words. The best action to take is to read it yourself. The message is clear and our leaders should heed the warnings and embrace the solutions it offers. All of us must take part for these ideas to work. Wake up people—before it's too late.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585761333
  • Publisher: Environmental Law Institute
  • Publication date: 11/20/2008
  • Series: Environmental Law Institute Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 1,036,151
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Dernbach is a professor of law at Widener University Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  He has divided his career between teaching and government service.    In his teaching role, Dernbach has focused on sustainable development in the United States.  He has edited the only two comprehensive nongovernmental assessments of U.S. sustainable development efforts.  He has written and lectured widely on sustainable development, climate change, environmental law, and legal writing.             In two stints totaling near 15 years, he worked at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Environmental Protection).  During this time, he helped drafted or help implement comprehensive and nationally recognized reforms to Pennsylvania’s mining and waste programs.  More recently, he directed the Department’s policy office. 
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  • Posted March 27, 2009

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    A Valuable Resource for America's Leaders In Governments, Business, And Education

    "Agenda for a Sustainable America" is "the third review in an ongoing project to evaluate U.S. efforts for sustainable development and make recommendations for future actions...

    ...This book has both critical and constructive components. It is intended to provide a critical appraisal of U.S. activities, indentifying both progress and shortcomings. It is also intended to be constructive, primarily by making recommendation. The broader aim of the book is to help build an analytical and policy foundation for sustainable development in the United States, not only for specific issues and problems but also as a conceptual framework for achieving prosperity and human well-being..." Professor John C. Dernbach writes.

    As a professor of law at Widener University Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, John C. Dernbach uses his teaching and government service experience and puts down great information in "Agenda for a Sustainable America" as an Editor and Contributing Author.

    "Agenda for a Sustainable America" includes eight sections: Introduction; Six Areas of Greater Progress; Consumption, Population and Poverty; Conservation and Management of Natural Resources; Waste and Toxic Chemicals; Land Use and Transportation; International Trades, Finance, and Development Assistance; State and Federal Governance. These eight sections are further broken into 31 chapters, and they are filled with data, facts, and the well-informed opinions of thirty-two experts.

    "Agenda for a Sustainable America" has 509 pages. It is a valuable resource for America's leaders in governments, business, and education.

    Gang Chen, Author of "LEED AP Exam Guide" & "Planting Design Illustrated." LEED AP, AIA, and a Book Reviewer for Bookpleasures

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