Professor Rebecca Bratspies will be speaking about sustainable communities on a panel at the Environmental Law and Public Health Conference later this week. The conference will explore the relationship between environmental protection and public health and how it should inform our efforts to become better stewards of the environment.
Drawing from her work with NYC school children (and Mayah’s Lot, the environmental justice comic book she developed to do this work), Bratspies will talk about the critical need to develop civic capacity to participate in decision-making. She will raise questions about who gets to be part of “the community” we seek to sustain and who is excluded. She will discuss how environmental democracy is essential to sustainability.
The conference is hosted by Michigan Law’s Environmental Law and Policy Program and Environmental Law Society.
Prof. Bratspies is the director of CUNY Law’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform. Her teaching and scholarly research focus on environmental and public international law, with a particular emphasis on how legal systems govern the global commons and how law can further sustainable development. She has published widely on the topics of environmental liability, regulatory uncertainty, regulation of international fisheries, and regulation of genetically modified food crops.
More information about the conference is available here.