How does the presence or absence of environmental laws lead to specific impacts in the United States, the EU, South Africa, and Brazil? This class will begin with an introduction of basic U.S. environmental laws – The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, NEPA and the Brownfields Act – and compare this U.S. approach to environmental governance in the European Union, South Africa and Brazil. This class would have a Faculty Directed Practicum to meet with environmental decision makers (city or state officials, elected representatives as well as appointed bureaucrats) in each area. We would seek to compare how the presence or absence of specific laws leads to different impacts or consequences in different places.
Field WorkCountry: Brazil
Day: 1 - Manaus