Sustainability is a buzzword. The University of Michigan has made tremendous efforts in supporting and promoting sustainability: Planet Blue, the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Center for Sustainability, the Office of Campus Sustainability, the Erb Institute, and more. But what is sustainability and how does it work? Do the small things individuals do really make a difference? What about larger issues: energy production, water quality, and global change? How can the US (or the world) solve environmental problems in ways that advance economic growth and job creation?
Come to discuss these questions with Howard Learner, an Honors alum who now directs the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the leading environmental advocacy and eco-business innovation organization in the Midwest. Founded 20 years ago, the ELPC has a significant track record of environmental improvements in clean air, clean water, and clean energy while also promoting economic development. They are key players on wind power and solar energy development in the Midwest and nationally, in developing the Chicago-hubbed Midwest high-speed rail network, and have campaigned successfully for energy-efficient building codes and water clean-up efforts, among many other achievements. ELPC puts sustainability principles into practice.
Howard Learner also serves as an adjunct professor teaching an advanced seminar on energy law and climate change policy at the Law School. Let’s talk about some of the most important challenges our world faces now.
Link to Learner bio on ELPC Website
Link to Environmental Law & Policy Center Website Mission