Sustainable Consumption and Communities: Bringing the American Way of Life into the Twenty-First Century
Pace Law School to host 2011 Garrison Lecture on Wednesday, April 6
WHITE PLAINS, NY, March 21, 2011—To realize a sustainable future, individuals, communities and policymakers must all make mindful decisions—but they need not sacrifice quality of life.
This will be the message that Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law and chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver at the annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law at Pace Law School on April 6.
Some of what he champions is, by now, familiar to many: People should drive fuel efficient vehicles, increase their usage of public transportation, weatherproof homes and buy energy efficient appliances. But Farber will extend his sustainability recommendations to the community level—where leaders must develop walkable communities, invest in public transportation, promote smart metering and provide information and resources necessary for citizens to make smart choices.
Farber will also explore legal strategies for implementing this vision, ranging from small incremental improvements or expansions in existing programs to more substantial and innovative approaches. These include:
- Zoning changes to foster green communities and infill development
- Changes in building codes to stimulate green building
- Incentives to utilities to promote energy efficiency
- Green labeling requirements
Farber’s talk complements Pace Law School’s strong offerings in the area of environmental law. Pace was one of the first law schools in the country to develop a comprehensive and integrated curriculum in environmental law, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top four programs in environmental law. It offers a Master of Environmental Law (LLM), including the country’s first graduate level programs in Climate Change Law and Land Use and Sustainable Development, as well as a Doctor of Laws in Environmental Law.
Farber is available for media interviews prior to the April 6 lecture.
Farber earned his J.D. in 1975 from the University of Illinois, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review and class valedictorian. After graduating, Farber was a law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before coming to Berkeley, he taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Minnesota, where he became the first Henry J. Fletcher Professor of Law in 1987.
Farber’s books include “Environmental Law: Cases and Materials” (with A. Carlson & J. Freeman), which is now in its seventh edition; “Eco-Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World” (1999); “Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond” (2006)(with J. Chen); and “Environmental Law in a Nutshell,” now in its sixth edition.
WHO: Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law and chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley
WHAT: 2011 Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law
WHERE: Pace Law School (Robert B. Fleming Moot Courtroom)
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY
WHEN: Wednesday, April 6 at 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Media admission by press pass. Check-in required.
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Pace University School of Law has over 7,000 alumni throughout the country and the world, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s top four programs in environmental law. On its White Plains, NY, campus, it offers JD programs and the Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law, including the nation’s first graduate level programs in Climate Change and Land Use and Sustainable Development, and Comparative Legal Studies, and a Doctor of Laws in Environmental Law. The School of Law is part of Pace University, a comprehensive, independent, and diversified university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. www.law.pace.edu