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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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This report focuses on the realm of environmental policy under a state's jurisdiction and addreses ways in which universities can best support a state's formulation of environmental policy. Making policy involves bringing forward an issue for a decision, issuing laws, rules, regulations or decision about specific matters, and evaluating and adjusting the policy after its enactment. Environmental policy is foremost within the jurisdiction of state and local governments, although governance over certain resources has been assumed by the federal government. This is due to three factors. Federal environmental governance relies upon the state and local governments to further define the grand federal policy. Much of environmental policy is based upon land-use, traditionally a premier concern of state and local governments. And finally, matters of local ecology stay within view of local constituents who keep tho e issues on their state representatives' agenda.


Environmental policy