Sustainability, a concept once discussed only in scientific or eco-centric circles, has entered the vernacular, yet how to apply or achieve sustainability remains elusive. On Friday, scholars and legal experts will gather at the University of Houston to address how to meet mankind's present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.
The Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal's fifth annual symposium, "Sustainability: Moving from Theory to Practical Application," will draw leading academic experts and practitioners to assess the merits and possible downsides of the sustainability movement. Lawyers, scientists and scholars working in a variety of disciplines will explore how sustainability is influencing the environmental and energy policies.
"Recognition of the concept of sustainability is gaining significance in areas ranging from energy policy to urban planning," said Irma Russell, a professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law and the symposium's visiting faculty adviser. "In fact, sustainability is about the long-term future survival of life on the planet."
William H. Rodgers, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law who is recognized as the founder of environmental law, will deliver the opening keynote address.
"Bill Rodgers is the leading academic in environmental law. His hornbook on environmental law is the starting place for both lawyers and academics on issues relating to the environment," Russell said. "Dr. Cris Eugster, the chief officer for sustainable growth for the city of Houston, is our luncheon keynote speaker and will talk about local sustainability programs."
Other speakers with local ties include Aston Hinds, environmental affairs manager for the Port of Houston Authority; Carol E. Dinkins, partner at Vinson & Elkins; Tracy D. Hester, partner with Bracewell & Giuliani; James B. Blackburn Jr. and Charles Irvine of Blackburn & Carter;
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