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The Pace Law School’s Dean’s Report for 2010 featured the Land Use Law Center in its section on innovative programs. The Dean’s Report acknowledges the LULC’s receipt of a grant from the National Sea Grant Law Center to conduct a sea level rise training program in the Hudson Valley, the first of its kind in the region. The training program will address the pressures faced by communities in the region from sea level rise. Read the full article on page 7.
Professor John R. Nolon, Counsel to the Land Use Law Center and Director of the Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes, has been invited to participate again in the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Expert Meeting on Human Settlements and Infrastructure, which will be held this spring in Calcutta, India. The meeting will be part of Professor Nolon’s involvement with the IPCC, assisting on a study of human settlements and climate change as a member of the expert group for the Panel’s Fifth Assessment Report scheduled to be released in 2014.
Gov. Patterson Appoints John R. Nolon to Council Charged with Preparing State Climate Action Plan
Land Use Law Center Founder Appointed to Editorial Board of Metro New York Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter
In February, 2009, Jennie Nolon, Staff Attorney to the Center, received her credential from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), making her one of less than 40 LEED APs in New York State registered in the area of legal practice. As part of the Center’s work on green development law, Jennie’s accreditation will help the Center to educate students and work with local governments on the implementation of responsible green building practices and regulations. The Land Use Law Center is also a USGBC member organization.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Land Use Law Center announce two new free resources – the Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods and the Neighborhood Development Floating Zone – to help local governments leverage the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system as a sustainability tool. The LEED-ND rating system aligns the principles of smart growth, New Urbanism, and green building into a set of national standards for green planning and design at the neighborhood scale. Accompanied by case studies of how municipalities have leveraged LEED-ND as a sustainability tool, the Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods will assist local governments in using the LEED-ND criteria to audit their land use regulations, plans, and policies to promote more environmentally sound and economically robust communities. Augmenting the manual, the Neighborhood Development Floating Zone is a model ordinance to help local governments foster green community development using the LEED-ND rating system. The Floating Zone is offered as a cost-effective and efficient tool that can be used by local governments hoping to incentivize the private sector to follow green neighborhood development principles when the more extensive zoning update process laid out in the manual is not an option. Both resources are available for download at no cost:
From Professors John R. Nolon of Pace Law School and Patricia E. Salkin of Albany Law School comes a new book, “Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a Nutshell,”which comprehensively explores international, federal, state, and local laws and policies regarding sustainable development and climate change management. The book – a part of the West Nutshell Series - illustrates how national and state governments can motivate local governments in the U.S. to use existing authority and to adopt effective local initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
For more information, also see:
“Nolon and Salkin Book Announcement” (scroll down to bottom of page) – a synopsis from the Land Use Prof Blog
“New Book Published on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law” – a posting from Prof. Salkin on the Law of the Land blog
“Alternatives to Kyoto Cap and Trade”– a posting from Prof. Nolon on the Green Law blog
The Land Use Law Center was pleased to welcome over 100 alumni, students, and friends at the November 10th James D. Hopkins memorial lecture at Pace Law School. Professor John R. Nolon delivered the lecture, entitled "Sustainable Development Law: Keeping Pace," as the recipient of the 2009-11 endowed Hopkins Chair, awarded biennially to a faculty member who has made extraordinary contributions in the areas of scholarship and teaching.
Alongside contributors such as Karl Coplan and David Cassuto, the Land Use Law Center contributes regularly to the GreenLaw blog on issues of sustainable development. GreenLaw is the new incarnation of Pace Law School’s Center for Environmental Legal Studies quarterly magazine. Branded as the “Blog of the Pace Environmental Law Program,” GreenLaw hosts articles from environmental faculty and aims to provide both news and commentary on current environmental issues.
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The Land Use Law Center has just released a new informational brochure on its groundbreaking Land Use Leadership Alliance training program. Containing updated program information, pictures from past programs, graduate testimonials, and the results from our LULA graduate survey, the brochure highlights the benefits and successes of the LULA as well as the communities and individuals involved in shaping the program.
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The Land Use Law Center and the Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes are pleased to welcome Meg Byerly as the 2010-2011 Graduate Fellow and Sam Capasso as the first Kheel LL.M. Research Scholar. The Centers also welcome Lily Jacqueline Zezula as the newest member of the family. Lily Jacqueline made her appearance at 5:19 pm on March 26, 2010, weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. She is the daughter of Tiffany Zezula, Managing Director for the Centers.
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