John C. Dernbach is Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and codirector of Widener's Environmental Law Center. He leads the only project in the U.S. that comprehensively assesses American sustainability efforts and makes recommendations for future efforts. As part of that project, he previously edited Agenda for a Sustainable America (Environmental Law Institute 2009) and Stumbling Toward Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute 2002).
He is the principal author of the recently published Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute Press), has written more than 40 articles for law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, and authored, coauthored, or contributed chapters to 14 books.
He was a member of the committee that wrote the 2011 National Research Council report, Sustainability and the U.S. EPA. Before taking his teaching position at Widener, Professor Dernbach worked in a variety of positions at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and served most recently as that agency's policy director.