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"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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Environmental Law Institute
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Environmental Law Institute; 1 edition (June 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585761583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585761586
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John C. Dernbach is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has divided his career between teaching and government service.

In his teaching role, Dernbach has focused on sustainable development in the United States and on climate change. He has edited the only three comprehensive nongovernmental assessments of U.S. sustainable development efforts. He has written and lectured widely on sustainable development, climate change, and environmental law.

In two stints totaling near 15 years, he worked at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (now the Department of Environmental Protection). During this time, he helped drafted or help implement comprehensive and nationally recognized reforms to Pennsylvania's mining and waste programs. More recently, he directed the Department's policy office.

In 2006 Dernbach was on of four lawyers to co-author an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 18 prominent climate scientists in Massachusetts v. EPA, a landmark case in U.S. climate change law.


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This is an excellent book. Prof. Dernbach collects important facts and analysis about the need to focus on sustainability in making personal, business, and government decisions. He is not a wooly-headed academic opposed to growth. He presents a series of reports that argue for smart growth strategies that will last and allow more of us to thrive without harming the environment. I don't see how any rational businessperson or labor leader, liberal or conservative, can dispute the points made here, and every reader will learn more about man's ability to stem the decline that critics from both the right and left predict.
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It's not depressing like all the other environmentalist books. Hopeful and logical. Happy there is a subtitle, would not want to mix it up with a self help book. . .
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By CK on January 25, 2013
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Great book with a great message! If you are interested in climate change or sustainability issues, I recommend this book.
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