Environmental Regulation in Cities and Other Localities
The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law series
Edited by Benjamin J. Richardson
Chapter 4: Suburban Climate Change Efforts in Minnesota: Implications for Multi-level Mitigation Strategies
Hari M. Osofsky* 1. INTRODUCTION As international negotiations and United States federal efforts continue to fail to produce an adequate response to climate change, a growing number of cities, including many small suburban cities, are playing critical roles in multilevel efforts to address climate change. Especially as global and national trends towards urbanization continue,1 cities are becoming increasingly * This chapter is a modified version of a portion of Hari M. Osofsky, ‘Suburban Climate Change Efforts: Possibilities for Small and Nimble Cities Participating in Regional, State, National, and International Networks’ (Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, forthcoming), which provides a more in-depth study of these issues. I very much appreciate the helpful suggestions of Kirsten Engel, Daniel Farber, Michael Gerrard, Ashira Ostrow, Pierre-Henri Prelot, and Benjamin J. Richardson, which have helped me shape this project. This chapter also has been significantly improved by the insights of participants in workshops at the Emory University Law School, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, and Washington University School of Law. Kenzie Johnson provided invaluable research assistance on the case studies of individual cities and their involvement in multi-level networks. The Law Library at the University of Minnesota Law School, and particularly Suzanne Thorpe, was extremely helpful, especially in locating interdisciplinary sources on suburbs and climate change. I was greatly assisted by the financial support of the 2011 Lampert Fesler Research Fellowship and the 2011–2014 Institute on the Environment Fellowship. As always, I am grateful for the love, support, and patience...
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