Sustainability Resources

Sustainability is implemented in many different areas of substantive law practice.  Below is a selected list of materials addressing sustainability and the law.


The Brundtland Report including the definition of sustainable development and Annex 1.

The Kyoto Protocol and its implementation mechanisms.

The Paris Agreement (2016).

Federal Executive Order on Sustainability within federal agencies, EO 13,423.

ORS 184.421 to 184.435, the Oregon Sustainability Act.

Oregon State Bar Bylaws, Article 26 – Sustainability.

Oregon State Bar Sustainability Task Force Report, October 2009.

Oregon State Bar SFS Climate Change Task Force Report (2017).

Climate Change and Energy

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) Synthesis Report.

Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in ORS chapter 469A.

US Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007).

US Supreme Court decision in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, 564 U.S. 410, 131 S. Ct. 2527 (2011).

Sixth Northwest Conservation & Electric Power Plan.

Land Use and Construction

US Green Building Council ( for LEED certification standards.

Living Building Challenge (from Cascadia chapter of USGBC), that expands upon LEED certification standards.

Cradle-to-Cradle certification standards.

Equity and justice

Oregon’s Environmental Justice Task Force law, ORS 182.535 to 182.550.

Climate Legacy Initiative report on intergenerational equity (2009).

ORS 60.047(2)(e) of the Oregon Business Corporation Act.