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  • 1. Diane Henkels, Attorney at Law LAW and SUSTAINABILITY University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership Program http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/image/globalimages.html
  • 2. Environmental stressors  US EPA first addresses leaching of toxic waste at Love Canal, NY town built on industrial dump site (1978)  Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India leaks methyl isocyanate gas (1984)  Nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine, former USSR, explodes and releases radioactive fallout (1986)  Desertification, floods, and other natural disasters
  • 3. International Law and Sustainability  Stockholm Declaration (1972)  Our Common Future: Report of the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (“Brundtland Report”) (1987)  First Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report (1989)  Rio Earth Summit (1992) ---Agenda 21 ---Statement of Forest Principles ---UN Convention on Biological Diversity ---UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • 4. “It is the responsibility of government to protect and improve the environment for both present and future generations.” Stockholm Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment United Nations Environmental Program 1972
  • 5. SustainableSustainable DevelopmentDevelopment ““Ensuring that developmentEnsuring that development meets the needs of the presentmeets the needs of the present without compromising the ability ofwithout compromising the ability of future generationsfuture generations to meet their own needs.”to meet their own needs.” 1987 “Our Common Future” (Brundtland Report)1987 “Our Common Future” (Brundtland Report)
  • 6. • Photo credit: http://www.greenpeace.org.ukPhoto credit: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk
  • 7. Federal Law and Sustainability Kivalina EO 35014
  • 8. Sustainability metaphors and concepts  Closing the loop & Life-cycle analysis  3-legged stool & nested baskets  Intergenerational equity Linear production model Raw materials Product Waste
  • 9. Sustainability standards in the Private Sector  Ceres Principles, Global Reporting Initiative, B Corporation  Leaders in Energy Engineering and Design (LEED)  Forest Stewardship Council  International Standards Organization 14000  Kimberly Process
  • 10. Oregon Law and Sustainability Sustainability Act of 2001 Renewable Portfolio Standards of 2007 Business Corporation Act 1987- Benefit companies 2014 Environmental justice 2007 Oregon Plan 1999 Public procurement--DAS Sustainability 2008 Beach Bill 1913, 1967 (HB 1601) Land use planning 1973
  • 11. Sustainability and the Oregon State Bar Sustainability Task Force Report (2009) Oregon State Bar Bylaw 26 Sustainable Future Section

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