|University professors edit ‘green’ book
Two university public administration and environmental policy experts
have found examples of how Southern states use unique methods to
address environmental issues while dealing with growth. Edited by
environmental and public policy authorities Gerald Emison of Mississippi
State University and John Morris of Old Dominion University, “Speaking
Green with a Southern Accent” (Lexington Press, 2010) examines how state
agencies and local governments address issues such as smog control,
wastewater management, and hazardous waste site cleanup.
Through their book, Emison and Morris show the South as a region that
has embraced growth, shunned conventional regulatory methods to manage
pollution, and “sought innovative approaches” for environmental
protection. While pointing out creativity in environmental policy in the
region, the book also acknowledges limits of innovation and the “danger
of relying solely on low-funded, anti-regulatory environmental
management practices,” Emison said.
Emison is an MSU associate professor of political science and public
administration. Morris, a professor of urban studies and public
administration at Old Dominion, researches expenditures and capital
project effectiveness in advancing environmental protection.
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