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Roger Martella, former EPA general counsel, provides a general overview of what is happening in the world of sustainability. The world is dealing with different types of environmental issues now. The focus has shifted from command and control laws, which correct the errors of the past, to sustainability - building a better environment for future generations.

Martella, a Cornell alumnus, served as the general counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, concluding 10 years of litigating and handling complex environmental and natural resource matters at the Department of Justice and EPA. He is currently a partner in the Environmental Practice Group at Sidley Austin LLP.

Martella spoke at the Defining Sustainable Development: Land Use, Climate Change, and Water Resources conference on Nov. 7, 2008 in the Mancuso Amphitheater.