Environmental Justice & Sustainability eJournal
Editors: Alfred (Fred) R. Light and Randall Abate
St. Thomas University School of Law and Florida A&M University College of Law

This eJournal distributes working and accepted paper abstracts that examine cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approaches to policies and programs that support sustainability: reducing the risks to our national security, improving our economic efficiency and productivity, enhancing our health and communities, creating jobs, improving the lives of the poorest among us, and fostering greater human well-being throughout the world. Environmental justice refers to those cultural norms and values, rules, regulations, behaviors, policies and decisions to support sustainable communities, where people can interact with confidence that their environment is safe, nurturing, and protective. It frequently emphasizes distributive justice, that is the equitable distribution of the burdens resulting from environmentally threatening activities or the environmental benefits of government and private programs. The principle of environmental sustainability encompasses adaptive ecosystem management, that actions to correct environmental problems must simultaneously be actions that reduce uncertainty in the future, allowing correction of our uncertain course in the future.

This eJournal is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Environmental Sustainability at the St. Thomas University School of Law (http://www.stu.edu/law/environmentLLM). It is a one-year, 24-credit LL.M. program designed to equip students with the legal tools and practical experience necessary to work in the field of environmental law in today's changing world. Unlike traditional programs focused on legal categories such as land use law or environmental regulation, the curriculum is a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approach to policies and programs that promote sustainability. The Program uses a continuous adaptive learning model, engaging learners in collaborative practice and problem solving exercises that provide opportunities to develop critical competencies such as initiative, critical thinking, teamwork and accountability along with learning content. Components include foundational semester-long, skill-based courses requiring collaboration on projects similar to tasks frequently found in practice, immersion modules involving visits to work locations where field observation enhances learning, and one-credit two-day weekend workshops focused on contemporary "hot topics".

Established in 2011, the Environment, Development and Justice Project (EDJP) of the Center for International Law and Justice (CILJ) at FAMU College of Law is a multi-faceted program to promote faculty and student engagement within and outside the law school community on pressing issues involving environmental regulation and the needs of developing countries and of minority and low-income populations. EDJP seeks to determine how these topics intersect in the domestic and international law fields in promoting justice for vulnerable populations while ensuring adequate protection of the natural environment. EDJP aims to advance FAMU College of Law's overall mission of training minority students for the legal profession and, more particularly, to place FAMU graduates in careers in the domestic and international environmental law fields, areas in which there is significant historical under-representation for minorities.

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Sample Issue

Environmental Justice & Sustainability eJournal Advisory Board
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Editors: Alfred (Fred) R. Light and Randall Abate
St. Thomas University School of Law and Florida A&M University College of Law

Stan Bronson

John C. Dernbach

Daniel Kreeger

Lenora P. Ledwon

Mary Munson

Keith Rizzardi, Esq.

James M. Strock