Harrisburg Students Look at Political Candidates and Sustainability Issues
Web Editor - Published: October 5, 2012
“Sustainable development would make the United States more livable, healthy, secure, and prosperous. Policies that promote sustainability would help grow our economy, create jobs, improve quality of life in our communities, make us healthier, reduce risks to our national security, and improve the lives of the poorest among us. They would achieve these things while protecting and restoring the environment for our generation and those that follow,” writes Distinguished Professor and Environmental Law Center Co-Director John C. Dernbach on the Environmental Law Center’s Sustainable America Election 2012 page.

Dernbach supervised a group of four students who compiled information about the stances of the two major party candidates for President of the United States and in the race for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania on a variety of sustainability issues. The Sustainable America Presidential Race 2012 page provides a detailed side-by-side comparison of the positions of incumbent President Barack Obama (D) and his challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R).

The Pennsylvania Senate Race 2012 page similarly compares the positions of Robert Casey (D) and Tom Smith (R). Categories include Green Jobs & Green Business, Investment in Environmental Infrastructure, Clean Energy, and Sustainable Communities.

Harrisburg campus students Timothy Bishop, Camille Howlett, Joanne O’Brien, and Cassandra Vasicak did all of the research and writing on the candidates’ positions. In the accompanying video, the students and Professor Dernbach discuss their experiences working on the pages, what they learned, and what they hope readers might gain from the information they gathered.