The Environmental Forum

Volume 39 Issue 5

September-October 2022

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city skyline across the bridge from rural farms with wind turbines

LEAD FEATURE The new infrastructure law offers an opportunity to holistically address the geographic nuances of climate change policy and sustainable infrastructure. Stakeholders have a responsibility to consider place-based distinctions in promoting environmental justice.

By Danielle Stokes
University of Richmond

With SIDEBARS by two experts on community engagement and justice: Monica Esparza and Jonathan Skinner-Thompson. 

drawing of a tree with 4 large roots under water

CENTERPIECE The four basic causes of today’s planetary crises that this article focuses on are rarely addressed by most environmental professionals, who rely on the myth that technological innovation will allow endless growth on a finite planet.

By David Hindin
Formerly Environmental Protection Agency, Harvard University

With a SIDEBAR by Sparsha Saha, Harvard University.

beach shack advertising swimming masks for 5 dollars, fishing rods for 4 dollars, and clean water for 500,000,000,000 dollars

COVER STORY Cities facing huge costs for implementing technology- based standards for storm runoff and sewage treatment are now looking beyond the letter of the federal pollution law to achieve superior water quality gains at substantially lower costs. It is time for the CWA to catch up.

By George Hawkins
Moonshot Missions

With SIDEBARs by two regulators of wastewater management at the local and federal levels: Oluwole “OJ” McFoy and Andrew Sawyers.

Photo of Stephen Ressler as he explains an engineering demonstration

PROFILE Stephen Ressler’s online courses portray the behind-the-scenes work of the engineer in achieving society’s goals, including environmental protection. He tells us how the profession can lead the charge to a green economy, and why policies should play a role.

By Akielly Hu
Environmental Law Institute
The Debate: The New Toxic Substances Control Act Is Now Five Years Old: A Report

THE DEBATE By regulating pollutant discharges and setting water quality standards, the Clean Water Act has led to substantially cleaner streams and lakes since its passage. Yet many challenges remain for the future of water protection. In the coming years, regulators need to address nonpoint source pollution, disproportionate pollution burdens, and climate change, among other issues. We ask experts: At year 50, how can we update the CWA to alleviate water issues over the next half-century?

By Fred Andres, Chanté Coleman, Ben Grumbles and Traci Iott
Barnes & Thornburg LLP, National Wildlife Federation, The Environmental Council of the States, State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
By: David P. Clarke

Agencies Promise Tools to Shore Up Climate, Clean Energy Agenda.

By: Craig M. Pease

Unpredictable Knock-On Effects of Hot Arctic and Melting Cryosphere.

By: Linda Breggin

Zoom Without Muting: Leaf Blower Bans, Restrictions Gain Traction.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Court Raises More Questions Than Answers for Practitioners.

By: Bethany A. Davis Noll

No Longer a Major Question About the Court’s New Direction.

By: Bruce Rich

Sea Emergency: Climate Change, Trade Subsidies, Small Fisheries.

By: Stephen R. Dujack, By: Akielly Hu

In an Era of Stark Major Questions, Congress Remains on the Sidelines.

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Designing Energy Tax Credits to Drive Greater Emission Reductions

By: G. Tracy Mehan III

On the Plug-in Electric Car Movement.

By: Akielly Hu

See Your Colleagues' Job Changes and Accolades

By: Akielly Hu
By: Jordan Diamond

On the Supreme Court's Direction.