Sustainable Development Seminar (3 credits)

This course examines the history, current status and future trends of what is generally known as sustainable development law. Emerging in the 1990s as an amorphous concept, sustainable development has become an organizing principle in many fields of law, yet it remains subject to criticism for having less than precise content. The course probes the contours of sustainable development law through topics including governance institutions, energy policy, water resources, oceans and estuaries, air quality, climate change, pollution control, biodiversity conservation, land use regulation, transportation policy, population policy and poverty. The course satisfies the Upper Level Writing Requirement and qualifies as a natural resources elective for the Environmental Certificate Program.