John C. Dernbach is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener University Law School
in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has divided his career between teaching and government
In his teaching role, Dernbach has focused on sustainable development in the United
States and on climate change. He has edited the only two comprehensive
nongovernmental assessments of U.S. sustainable development efforts. He has written
and lectured widely on sustainable development, climate change, and environmental
In two stints totaling near 15 years, he worked at the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Resources (now the Department of Environmental Protection). During this
time, he helped drafted or help implement comprehensive and nationally recognized
reforms to Pennsylvania’s mining and waste programs. More recently, he directed the
Department’s policy office.
In 2006 Dernbach was on of four lawyers to co-author an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme
Court on behalf of 18 prominent climate scientists in Massachusetts v. EPA, a landmark
case in U.S. climate change law.
Dernbach's Recent Presentations
Dernbach's Faculty page on Widener's site