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Susan Smith

Professor of Law, Director of the Certificate Program in Sustainability, co-chair, Sustainability Advisory Board

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How do I incorporate sustainability, justice, and/or equity into the courses I teach?

Professor Smith has taught Environmental Law and Policy, Sustainable Natural Resources Law, Energy and Climate Law, CERCLA, RCRA, Toxic Substances Regulation, Water Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Criminal Enforcement, Constitutional Law, State and Local Government, Administrative Law, Payment Systems and various dispute resolution courses. Currently, she directs the school's Certificate Program in Sustainability.

How does my research advance sustainability, justice and/or equity?

Professor Smith focuses her scholarly research on water quality, water allocation, and water resources management as well as the overall role of law in achieving sustainability, including the role of environmental criminal enforcement. Her book, Crimes against the Environment (co-authored with Susan Mandiberg), was and remains the authoritative treatise in the field (1997 with supplements). 

Professor Smith is currently a member of the international Water Ethics working group, Sustainable Water Future program and serves on the International Reference Group of the World Council of Churches with respect to its water justice initiative, Ecumenical Water Network.

What collaborations would I be particularly interested in?

As co-chair of Willamette University's Sustainability Advisory Board, I welcome a range of on-campus collaborations. 

Willamette University

Willamette University Sustainability Institute

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.