Stumbling Toward Sustainability

Stumbling Toward Sustainability
John Dernbach
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In 1992, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, the nations of the world agreed to implement an ambitious plan for ecologically sustainable human development. This book is a comprehensive review of U.S. efforts to achieve such development since Rio.

The United States has unquestionably begun to take steps toward sustainable development. Yet the nation is now far from being a sustainable society, and in many respects is farther away than it was in 1992. Nevertheless, legal and policy tools are available to put the U.S. on a direct path to sustainability.

This book brings together 42 distinguished experts from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines. It is among the most thorough assessments ever conducted of U.S. law and policy concerning the environment.

About the Author

John C. Dernbach is the editor of Stumbling Toward Sustainability. He is a Professor of Law at Widener University, where he teaches environmental law, international environmental law, a seminar on global warming, and other courses. He has written several dozen articles on the environment and sustainable development, and has authored, coauthored, or edited six books. A major focus of his writing is to better understand the meaning and implications of sustainable development; his 1997 article on U.S. efforts to implement the Rio Earth Summit agreements is the most comprehensive previous assessment. He previously served at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, where he drafted and helped implement nationally recognized reforms to the state’s municipal waste management, recycling, and nonhazardous industrial waste management programs.