Course Details

Environment, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development

One of the greatest challenges facing our society and government policymakers at all levels is how to construct policies that support both economic growth and environmental progress - healthier air and cleaner water, and open space with diverse habitat - together. This challenge is compounded by the growing realization that we must have policies that meet not just immediate needs, but future generations' needs as well by reducing carbon pollution that causes destructive climate change and by preserving natural resources both for their future use and their own intrinsic value. We will focus special attention on both the authorities and limitations under the Constitution and federalist system that policymakers, litigants and the public face in trying to achieve this goal. In this seminar, we will be learning about and discussing the newly emerging "law of climate change" and evolving energy and environmental law and clean energy development policy solutions. This seminar will take place in "real time" while: (1) There is rapidly developing case law as key new decisions are being issued by the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts and by state courts in this area of emerging law; (2) The Executive Branch and the United States Congress are considering federal climate change and clean energy solutions legislative and administrative policies; (3) Federal, state and municipal governments are moving to implement the clean energy development policies and financial incentives enacted over the past years; and (4) The private sector is closely examining and accelerating investments in cleaner energy and cleaner transportation developments and strategies. Course requirements are engaged class participation (33% of grade) and a final paper of 25-35 pages (67% of grade) on a seminar-related topic of the student's choice. There are no prerequisites for the seminar although a previous environmental law or natural resources law class, and constitutional law and administrative law course(s), will be helpful.

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 613
Practice Areas: Environmental Law Area
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class,  3 draft degree req may be met with class


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Environment, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development
Faculty: Cahan, James
Learner, Howard A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 5

Spring 2016
Title: Environment, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development
Faculty: Cahan, James
Learner, Howard A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 12

Spring 2015
Title: Environment, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development
Faculty: Cahan, James
Learner, Howard A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 11