The Sustainable Future section publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Long View. For information about publishing in The Long View, please see the newsletter editorial staff information.
Below is a list of our recent newsletters:
Winter 2013 – The Long View – No. 14
- Climate Change and Public Health. A summary of the Multnomah County Climate Change and Public Health Preparation Plan by Ann McQuesten, attorney at White, Summers, Caffee & James, in Portland.
- OSB award to Max Miller and ABA award to the Section in 2013. Max Miller receives the OSB President’s Sustainability Award and the Section receives an award from the ABA.
- Review of 2013 section activities. The Section provided newsletters, programs, and public recognition to our members.
- The effects of climate change in the Northwest. Philip W. Mote summarizes the findings and predictions for the social, health and economic impacts to the Northwest.
- Rep. Jules Bailey on Oregon’s next legislative session on climate change. Q&A with Rep. Bailey on the prospects for legislation related to climate change.
Consider This . . . “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judg-ment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms” ~President Barack Obama, 2013 inaugural address
Spring 2013 – The Long View – No. 13
- Biodiversity 101: What is Biodiversity? Amy Atwood, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity, explains the web of life, the variability of life at all levels of organization, and the correlation of biodiversity with the diversity of human cultures and languages.
- Getting on the List Noah Greenwald, conservation biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity, describes the backlog for listing under the Endangered Species Act and the 2011 settlement to accelerate the listing decision process for 757 different species.
- Amy Atwood and Noah Greenwald take a look at 40 years of the Endangered Species Act.
- Why Save the Marbled Murrelet? Tanya Sanerib, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity, explains the importance for both humans and the environment to save any single species, such as the marbled murrelet in Oregon.
Upcoming event: Phil Mote to speak on June 5 on projected impacts of climate change on natural areas in Oregon.
Consider This . . . “When you get into the whole field of exploring, probably 90 percent of the kinds of organisms, plants, animals and especially microorganisms and tiny invertebrate animals are unknown. Then you realize that we live on a relatively unexplored planet..” ~E.O. Wilson
Winter 2012 – The Long View – No. 12
- Restoring Forest Health: Collaboration and Responsibility in Eastern Oregon, by Susan Jane Brown and Mark Webb, founding members of Blue Mountains Forest Partners
- Sustainable Future Section 2012 Annual Meeting Report by Michelle Slater, Sustainable Future Section Chair
- Photographs from the 2012 Sustainable Law Office Award reception for Stoel Rives, with keynote speaker Congressman Earl Blumenauer
- Sustainability in the Legal Profession – Law Schools and the Sustainability Movement in Higher Education, by Amy Bushaw
- Diane Henkels Receives Oregon State Bar President’s Sustainability Award - deserved recognition for a career in promoting sustainability in Oregon’s communities.
Consider This . . . “Society is a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born.” ~Edmund Burke
Fall 2012 – The Long View – No. 11
- Sustainability in Education: Is there a need for a general text on “sustainability law”? by Amy Bushaw
- Principle 10: Beyond Rio + 20 by Dr. Lalaina R. Rakotoson and Diane Henkels
- The Business Case for Sustainability by Jared Kennedy
- 2012 Sustainable Law Office Leadership Award – Stoel Rives by Ellen Grover
- Sustainability for the Holidays by Bill Kabeiseman
- New Partners in OSB Partners in Sustainability Program
- In My Opinion: Can Existing Environmental Laws Meet the Challenges of Sustainability? by Amanda Righi
The Sustainable Future Section congratulates Diane Henkels as this year’s recipient of the OSB President’s Sustainability Award.
Consider This . . . Is Human Activity a Substantial Cause of Global Climate Change?
Pro: “The greatest barrier to public recognition of human-made climate change is probably natural variability of local climate . . . Actions to stem emissions of the gases that cause global warming are unlikely to approach what is needed until the public recognizes that human-made climate change is underway and perceives that it will have unacceptable consequences….” ~James E. Hansen, PhD, Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA, et al. Aug. 6, 2012 study, “Perception of Climate Change,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Con: “It is a simple fact that CO2 is plant food and the world around us evolved when levels of CO2 were five to ten times what they are today. Our green world is a consequence of atmospheric CO2. And, food for plants means food for people. The extra CO2 we are putting into the atmosphere not only invigorates the biosphere, but also enhances the yields of our food crops. This is a tremendous benefit to nature and us in my view . . .” ~John R. Christy, PhD, M.Div, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Aug. 1, 2012 testimony before the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, available at the Senate’s website.
Summer 2012 – The Long View – No. 10
- Beside the Blue River: An Ethic of, and for, the Earth by Kathleen Dean Moore
- Seeking a New Jurisprudence … for Earth Matters by Pat Siemen, JD, OP
- RFPs for Legal Services Adopt Sustainability Criteria by Jennifer Gates
- Founding Partners in OSB Partners in Sustainability Program
Consider This . . . “The ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.” ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1916
Spring 2012 – The Long View – No. 9
- How Green is Your Bar? Results of a 50-State Survey by Jennifer Berg
- Green with Envy? Your Bar Should Be by Rod Wegener
- Oregon’s New Reach Code: Mainstreaming and Streamlining Energy Efficiency by Aeron Teverbaugh
- Ice Age Lessons for Future Climate Change by Andreas Schmittner
- Psychology as if the Whole World Mattered by Thomas Joseph Doherty
Consider This . . . “First we need to decide what needs to be done. Then we do it. And then we ask if it is possible.” ~Lester Brown
Winter 2011 – The Long View – No. 8
- Sustainability and the Discount Rate: An Economist’s Perspective by James Randall Pozdena, PhD
- Green Pro Bono – Helping Provide Solutions to Climate Change by Nancy Reiner
- Report on Sustainable Future Section Annual Meeting by Robin B. Seifried
- Oregon’s New Carbon Footprint of Consumption by David Allaway
- The Schwabe “Cups-To-Go” by Carmen Calzacorta
- James M. Kennedy Receives OSB President’s Sustainability Award
- Investing With Impact: Generating Strong Financial, Environmental, and Social Returns by Nathan Kadish
- Announcements: Partners in Sustainability Program
Consider This . . . “We are seeing the birth of a new perspective of the world, where ecology and economics are two sides of the same coin ” ~Leif Johansson
Fall 2011 - The Long View – No. 7
- The Future of Perpetuity: Conservation Easement Concerns in the 21st Century by James L. Olmsted
- Conservation Easements: An Overview by Nancy Duhnkrack
- Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Awarded for Sustainable Law Office Leadership
- Oregon’s Public Trust Doctrine in the 21st Century: Public Rights in Waters, Wildlife, and Beaches by Michael C. Blumm & Erika A. Doot
- Trickle Down Sustainability at the Oregon State Bar Center by Rod Wegener
- Mission and Work of the Deschutes Land Trust by Brad Nye
Consider This . . . “As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.” ~Steve Jobs
Summer 2011 – The Long View – No. 6
- The Ethical Dimensions of Sustainability by Reed Elizabeth Loder
- Ecosystem Services and Markets by Sara Vickerman
- Introducing Net Zero Building by Clark Brockman
- Moving Green Building Forward: Carrots or Sticks? by Marian Thomas and Chris Forney
- Nominations due July 15 for OSB Sustainable Future Section Sustainable Law Office Leadership Awards
Consider This . . . “Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” ~M.K. Gandhi
Spring 2011 – The Long View – No. 5
- The impact of population, affluence and technology on the biotic world by Dick Roy
- Going Paperless in a large firm by Lori Hughes
- Double-sided filings in Oregon Circuit Courts by Amie Jamieson
- Paperless practices at the Office of Public Defense Services by Kathryn Aylward
- Going paperless at a small firm by Janis Alexander
- Opinion: 2011: The Year of Seven Billion by Marilyn Hempel
- Opinion: Breathing Room Economics by Robert Dietz
- Editor’s Notes on opinion pieces
Consider This . . . “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” ~Albert Einstein
Winter 2010 – The long View – No. 4
- Climate Change Related D&O Liability – the Coming Flood?
- The Precautionary Principle
- Sustainable Future Section Annual Business
- Robin Morris Collin: Leader in Sustainability
- Miller Honored with Sustainable Leadership Award
- Is the Precautionary Principle Sustainable?
- The Precautionary Principle: Taking Precautions Now to Protect the Future
Consider This . . . “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” ~Isaac Asimov
Fall 2010 – The Long View – No. 3
- Ecosystem Services – A Framework for Thinking about Sustainability
- The Sustainable Law Office
- Max Miller and Robin Morris Collin receive the Section’s Sustainable Leadership Awards
- Oregon State Bar Sustainability Practices
- Dick Roy First Recipient of OSB President’s Sustainability Award
- Legislative Initiatives Encourage Corporate Social Responsibility
- Ater Wynne Receives Sustainable Law Office Leadership award
- Introducing Sustainability to Environmental Policy and Strategies for Development
Consider This . . . “Even though the relationship between economic growth, wellbeing and human happiness is tricky territory, it is territory that should no longer be avoid, if richer no longer means better, or happier..” ~UK Sustainable Development Commision (2003)
Summer 2010 – The Long View – No. 2
- Law of Science and Sustainability: A Framework for Dialog
- The Law Office Sustainability Policy
- Creating a Law Firm Sustainability Practice
- Signaling Sustainability Through Eco-Certifications
- Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine
Consider This . . . “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ~Charles Darwin
Spring 2010 – The Long View – No. 1
- Welcome from the Executive Committee
- Sustainability and the Oregon Legal Profession
- Oregon State Bar: Carbon Report
- Making Oregon the Delaware of Green Business
- Sustainability and Environmental Justice
- Biomimicry – Life’s Principles: Applying the Laws of Nature
Consider This . . . “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” ~John Cage
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