Agenda for a Sustainable America

Agenda for a Sustainable America

by John C. Dernbach
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Agenda for a Sustainable America

"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 thirty-two 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.

Product Details

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

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Gang_Chen_LEED_AP_AIA More than 1 year ago
"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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