The Sustainable Future Section works at the evolving interface between the legal profession and the societal goal of sustainability. Programs, therefore, are not confined to discrete areas of substantive law, which might be better addressed by other OSB sections.
The Program Committee develops programs in the following areas:
- Essential knowledge. Knowledge that will broaden a lawyer’s understanding of a topic important to clients and prospective clients. (Example: Green building trends that go beyond LEED and the process for certification.)
- Practice skills. Information that might be used directly in the practice of law. (Example: Federal regulations that govern green washing.)
- Point-counter point. Topics of special interest in a personal or professional sense. (Example: Debate on whether the Oregon constitution should be amended to protect rights of future generations.)
- Basic training. In-depth conversations to deepen personal understanding of matters pertinent to the societal goal of sustainability. (Example: The projected biotic impact of global warming on Oregon forests.)
- Office practices. Occasional programs to describe practices that might be adopted within a law office setting. (Example: Monetary, hiring, and morale benefits that flow from sustainable office practices.)