Author John C. Dernbach to Keynote Green Media Conference

MERCER ISLAND, WA—April 15, 2009—John C. Dernbach, Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University Law School and editor of Agenda for a Sustainable America, will be the afternoon keynote speaker for The Green Media Conference, June 9 in Washington, DC at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Professor. Dernbach will be discussing the role of the government and the United States in general in creating a sustainable world.

Quote: Don Carli, Conference Chair And Senior Research Fellow At The Institute For Sustainable Communication

“In the Agenda for a Sustainable America John Dernbach has assembled an authoritative and pragmatic body of knowledge that citizens, corporations, nongovernmental organizations and government officials can use to meet the challenges of the future. I’m gratified that John will be sharing his decades of experience in sustainability, business, policymaking and the law with attendees of The Green Media Conference.”

Quote: John C. Dernbach

“The United States is not just another country in the global effort to achieve sustainable development. It has the world’s highest Gross Domestic Product, the most powerful military on earth, and is the largest producer and consumer of energy and materials in human history. Because of its impact on the world’s environment and its political, economic, and military influence, the United States has unparalleled power to lead an international effort to achieve sustainable development or to prevent or impede world efforts to achieve sustainability.

“Much of American influence around the world, for better and for worse, rests in the example it sets. As a consequence, U.S. domestic actions related to sustainability are likely to influence other countries as much as, and even more than, anything the U.S. does in the international arena. It is highly unlikely that the rest of the world can achieve sustainability without the active engagement of the United States.”

Dernbach leads a project that reviews sustainable development efforts in the United States and makes recommendations for future action. He also writes and lectures on climate change and environmental law. He is the editor of Stumbling Toward Sustainability (2002) and Agenda for a Sustainable America (2009), which draw on experts from around the country. In addition, he is the primary author of a classic text on legal writing. A law professor on the Harrisburg, PA campus of Widener University, he previously served in a variety of roles at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, most recently as policy director. He co-authored an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 18 prominent climate scientists in the landmark climate change case, Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency. In September 2008, he was named one of three distinguished law professors at Widener University.

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