July 08, 2020

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Acting As If Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability


It is increasingly clear that the modest progress achieved by the United States since the Earth Summit is not caused by the absence of specific and feasible policy recommendations. We already know more or less what we need to do; but we are much less clear about how to get it done.

In Acting as If Tomorrow Matters, the third in a trilogy of books on U.S. sustainability by Widener University law professor John C. Dernbach, more than four dozen experts in a variety of fields provide a how-to-guide for making the U.S. more environmentally sustainable. They survey what has happened in the United States, describe the main types of obstacles that have impeded sustainability in the U.S. and provide a detailed explanation of how to accelerate progress and overcome those obstacles.

In this exclusive series for CSRwire, Dernbach summarizes the key findings of the book and offers a crash course in how to make a greater variety of sustainable decisions more attractive, how law can provide a better enabling environment for sustainability, and how public opinion and leadership can be more effectively engaged to support sustainability.

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