Written by Steven Cohen, Bill Eimicke, and Alison Miller, Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy presents an overview of the opportunities for government to encourage sustainability in the public and private sectors and is a fundamental guide to sustainability policy development, implementation, strategy, and practice. It focuses on the critical role of government and public policy in accelerating the shift to a sustainable economy. Featuring detailed cases highlighting innovative sustainability initiatives, the book explores the elements that constitute effective policy, and the factors that can help or hinder implementation and adoption. Emphasizing politically-feasible policy tools at the federal, state, and local levels, the book focuses on public sector actions that spur innovation and organizational change in the private sector and behavioral change at the individual level towards more sustainable practices. It was written to be accessible to all audiences – including policy leaders and the general public.
In the fall of 2014, the Earth Institute, the School of Continuing Education and the School of International and Public Affairs sponsored a unique class on the Origins of Environmental Law: Regulation and Evolution. The class was taught by Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling, the two senior staff members who led the Senate environment subcommittee which originated and developed major environmental legislation in the 1970s, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act. Students learned about a series of environmental laws that were enacted over the course of a single decade. They gained a unique opportunity to learn about the historical, legislative and political process that led to the implementation of these seminal laws from the writers of the legislation themselves.