SCI200 Strayer University Week 10 Environmental Policy

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Assignment 2: Environmental Policy

Due Week 10 and worth 120 points

There are several environmental laws, regulations, and policies that
currently influence your life, and they include the following:

  • NEPA
  • The Clean Air Act
  • The Clean Water Act
  • The Endangered Species Act
  • The Superfund
  • The Montreal Protocol
  • The Basel Convention

Choose one (1) of these environmental regulations, or another policy
that interests you; then, research your chosen regulation or policy’s
requirements and environmental and economic impacts.

Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Describe three (3) key elements of the regulation or policy you
    chose. Specifically, discuss who is affected and what actions they are
    required to undertake, including federal and state agencies and specific
    industries, and how these requirements are enforced.
  2. Assess three (3) effects this regulation or policy had on our
    environment. Next, quantify its effects, if possible, to analyze whether
    or not the regulation had the desired effect on the environment.
  3. Discuss three (3) economic effects of your chosen policy or
    regulation. Next, describe the direct costs of implementation, as well
    as the effect the regulation has had on economic growth. If possible,
    find a benefits/cost analysis that will provide you with objective
    analyses of this regulation’s economic impact.
  4. Speculate whether or not you believe that this policy or regulation
    has been successful overall. Next, debate whether or not your chosen
    policy or regulation has promoted environmental benefits or outweighed
    its economic costs. Lastly, determine whether you would recommend
    renewing this policy or regulation when it comes to its expiration date,
    or whether you should let the policy or regulation expire. Justify your
  5. Use at least three (3) quality resources / references in this
    assignment, in addition to the course text. Note: Wikipedia and personal
    blogs do not qualify as quality resources.
  6. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
    • This course requires use of new Strayer Writing Standards (SWS).
      The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please
      take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
    • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12),
      with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow
      SWS format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
    • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your
      name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover
      page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment
      page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Assess the various methods used to understand natural phenomena and
    the human impact on it, and analyze the steps taken to protect the
  • Analyze factors influencing the use and conservation of environmental resources.
  • Analyze the effect of human populations on various ecosystems,
    including agriculture, urbanization, waste management, and pollution.
  • Critically evaluate sources of information about environmental science and communicate them effectively.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in environmental science.
  • Write clearly and concisely about environmental science using proper writing mechanics.


“Environmental Policy and Sustainability” Note: Online students please respond to one (1) of the following three (3) bulleted options:

  • Explain two (2) reasons as to whether or not you believe
    sustainability is an attainable objective. Next, determine two (2)
    barriers currently in place that make achieving sustainability
    difficult. Propose one (1) alternative that can be used in place of
  • Name one (1) environmental policy described in Chapter 16 that you
    believe was most successful. Next, state two (2) drawbacks of your
    chosen policy then speculate on two (2) potential lessons that could be
    drawn from your selected policy that could be used to improve future
    environmental policies. Justify your response.
  • Describe three (3) ways that environmental policies can be
    implemented and enforced. Next, in your own words, identify the roles of
    the following branches when dealing with environmental policies:
    legislative, executive, and judiciary. Lastly, which branch do you
    believe has the most power in implementing and enforcing environmental
    policies in the United States? Justify your response.