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Sustaining America
The Environmental Forum (2012)
  • John C. Dernbach

This essay summarizes U.S. sustainability efforts over the two decades since the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (or Earth Summit) in 1992. It also summarizes basic findings and recommendations from Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute 2012). Drawing on the expertise of more than four dozen sustainability practitioners in a variety of fields, the book teases from the limited progress made in the United States over the past two decades the overall patterns for that progress. It also reviews the most significant obstacles to sustainability, again showing patterns in those obstacles across a wide variety of areas. Finally, and building on this framework, the book explains in detail how to accelerate progress and overcome obstacles, providing a checklist of ideas and opportunities that can be used now in any sector or place.

  • sustainable development,
  • sustainability,
  • Acting as if Tomorrow Matters,
  • Stumbling Toward Sustainability,
  • Agenda for a Sustainable America,
  • environmental law,
  • U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development,
  • Earth Summit,
  • law for sustainability,
  • governance,
  • law
Publication Date
May, 2012
Citation Information
John C. Dernbach. "Sustaining America" The Environmental Forum Vol. 29 Iss. 3 (2012)
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