CENTER FOR EARTH JURISPRUDENCE AT BARRY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW RECEIVES GRANT FROM SOUTHEAST SUSTANIBILITY FUND
–The grant totals nearly $300,000 and is designed to help the CEJ promote community resilience.–
Orlando, Fl. (Dec. 11, 2018) – The Barry University School of Law’s Center for Earth Jurisprudence (CEJ) received a grant of nearly $300,000 from the Southeast Sustainability Director’s Network (SSDN) to promote community resilience.
In a partnership with the Green Volusia Program, CEJ was awarded the grant of $299,600 over two years through the Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund. According to the SSDN, the fund is an attempt to accelerate the adoption of sustainable best practices in Southeast communities. These practices include: mitigating and/or adapting to climate change; fostering equity and inclusiveness; leveraging community partnerships; strengthening local government commitment; and demonstrating innovation and scalable solutions.
“With this grant, we are able to provide additional scholarship opportunities for our students,” said Leticia M. Diaz, Ph.D., J.D., dean and professor of law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. "Our commitment to environmental resilience is a great example of how Barry University can help make a positive impact in our community.”
Margaret R. Stewart, CEJ’s director, noted the funding will help the Center “promote law and policy that protects the integrity and resilience of the entire Earth community.”
“This grant will strengthen our regional partnerships and support the creation of additional educational opportunities for Barry students,” Stewart added.
The CEJ is part of Barry Law’s Center for Advanced Study of Environmental and Earth Law, which is a leader in environmental law. Through the Center, Barry offers students a comprehensive array of environmental programs, including the Environmental and Earth Law Clinic, the Environmental and Earth Law Certificate Program, the Environmental and Earth Law Journal, multiple student organizations, and the Environmental Responsibility Committee.
The Southeast Sustainability Director’s Network is a consortium of sustainability officials representing more than 50 local government officials in the Southeastern U.S. Its mission is to build capacity for community sustainability in the Southeast. The Southeast Sustainable Communities Fund is a partnership between The Kendeda Fund and The Kresge Foundation and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network.
ABOUT BARRY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW:
Established in 1999, the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando offers a quality legal education in a caring, diverse environment. A Catholic-oriented institution, Barry Law School challenges students to accept intellectual, personal, ethical, spiritual, and social responsibilities, and commits itself to assuring an atmosphere of religious freedom. Barry University School of Law is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654, (312) 988-6738.
ABOUT CENTER FOR EARTH JURISPRUDENCE:
The Center for Earth Jurisprudence furthers the mission of Barry University by extending respect, protection, and legal consideration to all beings that constitute the natural world; this includes consideration of the rights of future generations.
Their work is based on the concepts that: 1) humans are an integral part of nature; 2) we have a fundamental responsibility to protect the long-term health of nature; and 3) our current legal systems fail to recognize nature's rights to exist and flourish.