Think Globally but Drink, Eat and Play Locally—and for Free!

by Lori Strickler

Earth Day Challenge

Photo courtesy of Alvaro on Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Updated 4/25 to include the answers!

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd and what better way to honor the planet than by learning about the legal tools you can use to protect it? And did we mention that you can win prizes at the same time?

Mother Nature wants you to enter and win the Earth Day Environmental Resources challenge cosponsored by the Law School Library and the Villanova Environmental Law Journal (ELJ). Top prizes include a Victory Brewing Company gift card, locally roasted organic coffee and passes to the beautiful (and nearby) Chanticleer Garden which is a great spot for a picnic lunch! How do you win these fabulous prizes you ask? It’s simple:

  1. Pick up your game question sheet from either the Library Reference desk April 21st – 24th or visit the Environmental Law Journal’s table in the dining room on Tuesday (11:30 – 1:30) or Thursday (12:30 –1:30).
  2. Answer the 5 short questions using the links/information provided below.
  3. Return your game sheet to the Reference Desk or to the ELJ’s table by 8 PM on Thursday, April 24th.
  4. Winners will be drawn on Friday, April 25th at noon and will be notified via email. And yes, we will recycle the question sheets after the winners are drawn!

Good luck!

Save the EARTH.  Its the only planet with Beer

Photo courtesy of Wesley Fryer on Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Did you know….

• The EPA maintains a map of toxic spills called Toxmap—are there any Superfund sites in your neighborhood that you didn’t know about?

• While NIMBY is an acronym often associated with environmental activism, lawyers working in this field are probably more likely to talk about “NEPA.” NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, was the first piece of comprehensive federal legislation and was passed in 1970. It’s so all-encompassing that it’s spurred the creation of many treatises and practice guides to help you understand it. Check out The NEPA Litigation Guide on the 2nd Floor: KF3775.A315 .N47 2012.

• The Pennsylvania Constitution (Article 1, Section 27) actually ensures the right of all PA citizens to “clean air, pure water and the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.” There’s no federal equivalent.

• Bloomberg BNA reporters cover a lot of environmental issues from a business perspective which is great for counseling corporate clients and keeping up with environmental compliance cases. Check out the full list available here (no Bloomberg Law password required!)

• Did you know you can access all back issues of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal in the law school’s digital repository?

• Want to learn more about environmental law? Check out our newest 2014 hornbook, Principles of Natural Resources Law, available on Reserve at the library.

Learn more about environmental law opportunities at Villanova: check out the Environmental and Energy Law Society , enter the Environmental Law Journal’s open writing competition or stop by the library reference desk to discover the large array of environmental law materials available to you in print and online.


1. In what year was the first major piece of federal environmental legislation enacted?  1970

2. What free online library resource gives you access to all back issues of the Villanova Environmental Law Journal? Villanova Law’s Digital Repository

3. What EPA online tool could you use to find superfund/toxic spill sites located near Villanova? ToxMap

4. Which Bloomberg BNA Subject reporter, accessible via the law library’s law databases page, covers cases dealing with global warming & climate change? Best Answer: Energy & Climate Report. Other accepted answers: Environment Reporter or Environment & Safety Resource Center. “Environment & Safety” is the subject heading but not the title of an actual reporter.

5. Name the article and section number of the PA Constitution that makes the state a trustee of the environment? Article 1, Section 27.

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