"A masterful account of sustainability in America since the 1992 Earth Summit and the imperative of where the country should go...filled with hope, imagination and inspiration...essential reading if we are to act as if tomorrow matters."
(Thomas E. Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair, George Mason University
"For many years John Dernbach has led one of the most important studies on sustainability. His unique contribution is that he has skillfully included an ethical and religious approach to this pressing subject. He has woven interdisciplinary responses from science and policy with environmental ethics. For this extraordinary effort and for this excellent book we are all in his debt."
(Mary Evelyn Tucker, Director, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University
"John Dernbach's Acting As If Tomorrow Matters is a compelling supplement to his existing body of work on sustainable development. The book articulates the collaborative spirit needed to move the needle on sustainable development, while challenging each of us to play an active role in shaping that sustainable future. Not just a book to read, but one to be taken to heart."
(Neil Hawkins, Vice President, Sustainability and Environment Health & Safety, The Dow Chemical Company
"Using the knowledge and experience of leading sustainability practitioners, this book demystifies the quest for sustainability by providing a checklist of practical and tested ideas that can be used in any place or sector to create an attractive and sustainable future."
(Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund
"John Dernbach has been the leading chronicler of the 20-year quest for sustainability in the United States since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. What Professor Dernbach has observed in the United States is reflective what is going on around the world."
(Jacob Scherr Director of Global Strategy and Advocacy, Natural Resources Defense Council
"From Rio '92 to Rio '12: America's pledge to achieve sustainability has been honored too often in the breach. The reasons for both failures and successes are many and complex, as are the tasks ahead. Acting As If Tomorrow Matters
offers redemption and a vision of success." (Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University
About the Author
John C. Dernbach is a professor of law at Widener University Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has divided his career between teaching and government service. Professor Dernbach teaches environmental law, property, international environmental law, international law, and a seminar on climate change. He is the editor of Agenda for a Sustainable America (2009) and author of Stumbling Toward Sustainability (2002), comprehensive assessments of U.S. sustainable development activities that include recommendations for future efforts. Before taking his teaching position at Widener, he worked in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for nearly 15 years, and served most recently as that agency's policy director.