Urban Environmental Law | L4700U

Urbanization of the western United States brings with it new legal and social challenges. Industrial pollution, changed land use patterns, and new infrastructure development can have significant consequences on a population. This course first will examine these challenges by focusing on the emerging environmental issues along Colorado's increasingly urban Front Range. The course will involve guest speakers and field trips to broaden student knowledge. The class will then critically examine the legal resources available to urban governments and citizens to balance economic growth with protection of public health and quality of life. Major legal topics will include the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, local land use planning, and environmental justice policies. The course will conclude with a comparison of Colorado's legal response to urban environmental issues with the responses of other metropolitan areas in the United States and worldwide.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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