The world is in the age of safeguarding natural resources, and sustainability is increasingly becoming important in law.  National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 declared sustainable development as a national policy many years before the Rio de Janeiro’s Earth Summit of 1992.

 

Convergence of America Bar Association Resolutions and SEER Activities

The importance of sustainability in law is increasing since the time ABA-approved 11 resolutions dating back to 1991 to reaffirm a commitment to sustainable development. They include the prominent 2003 resolution (A108) promoted by the participation of ABA in the 2002 world Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). A resultant 2003 resolution recognized that the “rule of law and good governance is essential to achieve sustainable development.”

Participation in WSSD and 2003 resolution by the House of Delegates initiated ABA sustainability activities within SEER. SEER after WSSD saw a need to restructure and bolster a committee responsible for climate change and sustainable development. The committee got into an alliance with other ABA entities to present ABA perspectives to the U.S Department of State and other external organizations. The activities led to the maiden national conference for lawyers on climate change at American University Law School.

The foundation for recent resolutions is on the 2003 resolution underscoring ABA’s commitment to sustainability.

 

Expanding Sustainability Activities

ABA got into a partnership with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge is a program encouraging conversation of energy and resources by law offices. ABA House of Delegates endorsed the ABA-EPA program and developed ABA-SEER sustainability framework for law organizations. A law organization on the strength of the framework commits to take sustainability steps over time. In addition, SEER offers conference participants an option to purchase carbon offsets and account for the carbon impact of their travels.

SEER now offers conference participants the option of purchasing carbon offsets to account for the carbon impact of their travel.

SEER is just one of the ABA voices on sustainability. There is a partnership with other organizations concerning International Law sustainability activities, including collaboration in Global Forum for Law, Justice, and Development. The initiative intends to support legal and institutional foundations to facilitate sustainable development. ABA provided the online resources.

ABA headquarters has committed to environmental stewardship while bar associations in Pennsylvania, California, and Massachusetts adopted model sustainability programs. Oregon Lawyers for Sustainable Future has its model policy for law offices.

Future of Sustainability in Law Circles

The effort to conserve natural resources compels lawyers to be more involved in sustainability issues. A higher commitment to natural resources protection by the government and private sector is a reason for the increasing importance of sustainability in law. In addition, clients from these sectors commit to sustainability and expect their lawyers to be more knowledgeable.

National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 declared sustainable development as a national policy many years before the Rio de Janeiro’s Earth Summit of 1992.

 

Convergence of America Bar Association resolutions and SEER Activities

The importance of sustainability in law is increasing since the time ABA-approved 11 resolutions dating back to 1991 to reaffirm a commitment to sustainable development. They include the prominent 2003 resolution (A108) promoted by the participation of ABA in the 2002 world Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). A resultant 2003 resolution recognized that the “rule of law and good governance is essential to achieve sustainable development.”

Participation in WSSD and 2003 resolution by the House of Delegates initiated ABA sustainability activities within SEER. SEER after WSSD saw a need to restructure and bolster a committee responsible for climate change and sustainable development. The committee got into an alliance with other ABA entities to present ABA perspectives to the U.S Department of State and other external organizations. The activities led to the maiden national conference for lawyers on climate change at American University Law School.

The foundation for recent resolutions is on the 2003 resolution underscoring ABA’s commitment to sustainability.

 

Expanding Sustainability Activities

ABA got into a partnership with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge is a program encouraging conversation of energy and resources by law offices. ABA House of Delegates endorsed the ABA-EPA program and developed ABA-SEER sustainability framework for law organizations. A law organization on the strength of the framework commits to take sustainability steps over time. In addition, SEER offers conference participants an option to purchase carbon offsets and account for the carbon impact of their travels.

SEER now offers conference participants the option of purchasing carbon offsets to account for the carbon impact of their travel.

SEER is just one of the ABA voices on sustainability. There is a partnership with other organizations concerning International Law sustainability activities, including collaboration in Global Forum for Law, Justice, and Development. The initiative intends to support legal and institutional foundations to facilitate sustainable development. ABA provided the online resources.

ABA headquarters has committed to environmental stewardship while bar associations in Pennsylvania, California, and Massachusetts adopted model sustainability programs. Oregon Lawyers for Sustainable Future has its model policy for law offices.

 

Future of Sustainability in Law Circles

The effort to conserve natural resources compels lawyers to be more involved in sustainability issues. A higher commitment to natural resources protection by the government and private sector is a reason for the increasing importance of sustainability in law. In addition, clients from these sectors commit to sustainability and expect their lawyers to be more knowledgeable.