09/04/2013 @ 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
332 S. 1400 E.
Individuals engage in numerous activities (purchasing and driving a car, applying lawn pesticides) with environmental consequences (lifecycle product impacts, tailpipe emissions, contaminated run-off). The environmental harms occasioned by these activities are often individually de minimis but collectively significant. Environmental law largely ignores individuals as a source of environmental harms but it will be necessary to more directly address harms arising from environmentally significant individual behaviors to make progress toward sustainability, mitigate climate change, and, more generally, tackle second generation environmental challenges.