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Land Use Law Center
for Sustainable Development
Established in 1993, the Land Use Law Center is dedicated to fostering the development of sustainable communities and regions through the promotion of innovative land use strategies and dispute resolution techniques. Through the work of its programs, centers, and institutes, the Land Use Law Center offers conferences, seminars, clinics, academic law school courses, continuing legal education programs, audio podcasts, and frequent publications and resources on contemporary land use, real estate, and environmental issues.
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Click here to visit our Gaining Ground Information Database featuring a comprehensive collection of land use resources, including federal, state, and local ordinances; commentaries; research papers; and research aids.
Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Conference
Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future
The Land Use Law Center is honored to have Majora Carter as this year’s keynote speaker. Ms. Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems. After establishing several local and national organizations to carry on that work, she built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty. Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first 6 videos to launch their groundbreaking website. Majora embodies the American Dream. She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally. Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.
The Land Use Law Center is also thrilled to present Stephen Hardy as its luncheon keynote speaker. As a practitioner Stephen Hardy has managed a host of complex community planning projects. In Greensburg, Kansas, Stephen helped the City plan for recovery after a catastrophic EF-5 tornado wiped out most of the community’s structures. In 2008, the Greensburg Comprehensive Master Plan—for which Stephen was the lead planner—received international recognition with the prestigious Sustainable Cities Award from Financial Times and the Urban Land Institute, and in 2009 was recognized by the APA with the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan. He also has experience staffing on Capitol Hill, working at the Conservation Fund, and pioneering a community planning practice at BNIM. As MindMixer’s Chief Community Builder, Stephen spends his time pondering, cajoling and tinkering on behalf of better community process.
After building a successful planning division at BNIM, Stephen joined MindMixer to amplify its citizen engagement capability. Stephen’s areas of expertise include Sustainable comprehensive planning, disaster recovery, whole systems integrated planning, high level facilitation, public engagement, the integration of design and planning, and project management.
Stephen’s experience and his passion for community building make him a strong advocate for better communication leading to community transformation.
The Land Use Law Center's 12th Annual Land Use and Sustainable Law Conference will be held December 6, 2013, at the Judicial Institute at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. As the Center begins its 21st year, we have planned some truly dynamic conference sessions that respond directly to current challenges and opportunities in the region.
U.S. Green Building Council & Land Use Law Center
Announce Two Resources to Help Local Governments
Create Sustainable Neighborhoods
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. Read more…
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