August 2010


“As of Wednesday, Wisconsin’s electronics recycling law bans the use of landfills or incineration to dispose of electronic devices. The ban covers televisions; computers (including desktop, laptop, netbook and tablet computers); computer monitors; desktop printers (including those that scan, fax, or copy); other computer accessories, including keyboards, mice, speakers, external hard drives and flash drives; DVD players, DVRs, VCRs and other video players; Fax machines; and cell phones.”

See here.

Useful conference or brilliant way to get potential faculty candidates to visit a law school…you decide.  See here.

Today was the first day of classes at Vermont Law School, and I’m teaching Natural Resoucres Law.  I enjoy teaching this course immensely.  Today we identified three key questions: (1) What is a natural resource?; (2) Who should protect natural resources?; and (3) Why should we protect natural resources?  These are three questions that must be answered to create natural resources law and policy.

One of my favorite parts of the first day of class is asking students, what is a natural resource?  Bison? Cattle? Hamburger? Trees? Lumber?  We have strong viewpoints as to what we should protect as natural resources, but we often give less thought to the cultural, social, artistic, religious, and philsophical reasons for labeling some things as ‘natural resources’ and others not, and, therefore, choosing what deserves protection.

(Of note: It’s also my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten.  I think I’m more nervous about Kindergarten than she is!)

So asks this article about the Swedish music scene.  But the same question applies to the Swedish environmental scene, for a country that has proven to be a leader on the issue of climate change, especially in the context of food.

On October 23, 2009, the New York Times ran an article entitled To Cut Global Warming, Swedes Study Their Plates.” This Swedish movement is driven by two major events: (1) the creation of new national dietary guidelines that give equal weight to health and the environment, and (2) the major organic labels in Sweden embarking on a new initiative called “Klimatmärkingning för Mat,” or “Climate Labelling for Food” in English.

For a few weeks next spring I plan to be a Guest Researcher at Uppsala University Faculty of Law in Sweden to lay the groundwork for a comparative project one environmental labeling for food in the United States and Sweden.

(To hear the music click here and here.)

Read here about energy demand and growth in China–and a traffic jam 60 miles long.

According to uncertified results provided by Sec. of State office, Shumlin wins by 197 votes.  Second place finisher Racine to request recount.  See here and here.

I recognize that my last name is hard to spell.  And, it is true that at my previous institution “make sure Czarnezki is spelled correctly” was on the law school mailout checklist.  But what continues to amaze me is that in the face of direct evidence–forms filled out by me, emails from me, phones calls requesting correction–people still spell my name wrong because ‘it just doesn’t look right.’  Well now they’re going after my kids.  Yes, my one daughter has an unusual spelling to her first name, and, yes, my partner’s last name is their middle name and Czarnezki is still hard to spell, but nowhere did we spell them wrong, nowhere did we change their first name, and nowhere did we give them a hyphenated last name.  Trust me, we can spell our names correctly.  How many times do we have to request changes?…in my experience at least three times.

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