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      Commonwealth Law Election Spotlight

      Students Compile Data on Candidates’ Environmental Platforms


      Sustainable Election 2016

      Working under its motto "Law for Sustainability," Widener Law Commonwealth's Environmental Law and Sustainability Center students compiled data on the views of the major party candidates for president and Pennsylvania U.S. senator on a variety of sustainability related issues.

      Bo Bucher, a third-year law student, said that in a presidential election like this one, where many people don't strongly support either candidate, it is important to provide information on candidates' stances on key issues so voters can make informed decisions come Election Day

      The Environmental Law and Sustainability Center has provided information on presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and Pennsylvania senatorial candidates Katie McGinty and Pat Toomey. The positions of each candidate are clearly stated on a range of topics, including green jobs and green business, climate change, clean energy and more. The data set on Toomey and McGinty also includes their positions on key issues of significant importance to the Keystone State like the Marcellus Shale fee or tax and the protection of Pennsylvania's parks and forests.

      "The public must be informed about vexing political issues because the votes they cast today will affect tomorrow," said Matthew W. Konya, a third-year law student. "The leaders they elect, both at the state and federal level, create policies not only for today, but for far into the future."

      Visit Sustainable America Election 2016 for more information on the views of the 2016 candidates for president of the United States on various sustainability issues.

      Visit Sustainable Pennsylvania Election 2016 for more information on the views of the 2016 candidates for U.S. senator from Pennsylvania on various sustainability issues.

      ***The Center does not endorse candidates, and no endorsement should be implied. Research and writing for the candidates' positions was done by Bo Bucher, Matthew Konya, Daniel Schramm and Mark Bogush, students at Widener Law Commonwealth.


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