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Solarize Westchester
Land Use Planning for Solar Energy

New York State has made a $1 billion commitment to solar power.  Ensure that your municipality gets maximum benefit – through clean energy, energy cost savings and local jobs - by attending Solarize Westchester.

Attend 2 great solar events on the same day!

In the morning session, we will introduce Solarize Westchester to -elected officials, senior staff and environmental committee members and will include a short press conference with municipal officials in attendance publicly launching the initiative.

In the afternoon, we will introduce the NY-Sun PV Trainers Network and offer a best solar practices workshop led by the Pace Land Use Law Center.  The afternoon workshop will be especially helpful for planning directors, elected officials, and planning and zoning board members.  See below for details.

When: September 4, 2014
Where: The New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School (Directions)


Solarize Westchester
Presented by Solarize Westchester Team

8:30am: Breakfast and Registration
9:00 - 11:30am: Morning Session


  • elected officials
  • senior staff
  • environmental committee members

Description: Join Solarize Westchester - a groundbreaking program designed to make Westchester County the leader in New York State solar installations.  This groundbreaking program will put Westchester County and your municipality on the solar map! 

Solarize Westchester relies on the engagement of every municipality.  Learn about the importance of making permitting and zoning solar-friendly and hear from Westchester colleagues about steps they have taken to streamline municipal processes for solar installations. 

Learn how your municipality can be selected as one of the four initial Solarize Westchester market aggregation communities.  This program, which reduces solar costs for your residents and business owners, will be heavily promoted throughout Westchester County and beyond.  Get briefed on municipal selection criteria (which include solar friendliness) and process.

The Solarize Westchester program will end with a press event for participating municipal leaders!

Length: 2.5 hours

Funded by NYSERDA, the Team includes the Energy Improvement Corporation, Abundant Efficiency, Croton Energy Group, Pace Land Use Law Center, SmartPower and Sustainable Westchester.


In-Depth Policy Workshop: Land Use Planning for Solar Energy
Presented by NY-Sun PV Trainers Network


11:30am - 12:00pm: Lunch and Registration
12:00pm - 3:00pm: Afternoon Session


  • elected officials
  • municipal staff
  • land use board members
  • planners
  • attorneys

Description: Join Pace Land Use Law Center (LULC), a member of NYSERDA's NY-Sun PV Trainers Network, at this workshop to discuss basic strategies to develop a policy and planning framework that supports a growing solar market. Participants will learn about public engagement techniques to support solar policies, the legal process in plan making, and nationally accepted best practices and common features found in comprehensive and other local plans. This session also provides an overview of the NY-Sun PV Trainers Network, which is led by a consortium of partners to offer no and low cost training and technical assistance across New York State. Learn how to support your town's solar market through local planning!

Policymakers who complete this course are eligible to receive complementary one-on-one technical support in designing and implementing smart solar policy in their local jurisdiction.

The PV Trainers Network is part of NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s initiative to greatly increase the amount of installed solar capacity throughout the state. Through education, training, and technical assistance, the Network helps local governments and stakeholders identify opportunities, mitigate barriers, and create programs that drive development of solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) markets in communities across New York State.  With funding from NYSERDA, Meister Consultants Group has partnered with Entech Engineering, the City University of New York (CUNY), Pace Land Use Law Center (LULC) and a network of academic institutions to implement the Network. For more information, please visit or contact

Length: 3 hours

CM and CLE Credits Available.

       CM I 3.00
                        L 1.50

     The NY-Sun PV Trainers Network is part of Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun Initiative. With funding from NYSERDA, Meister Consultants Group, the City University of New York (CUNY), Entech Engineering, Pace Land Use Law Center (LULC) and a network of academic institutions are offering solar trainings across New York State.


These events are free to municipal attendees but preregistration is required. 
Register for either/both sessions.
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The Land Use Law Center’s 13th Annual
Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

The Land Use Law Center is pleased to announce the theme of its 2014 Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference - Transitioning Communities.  The Conference will discuss topics and challenges that municipalities in the region are being faced with, such as the changing demographic pattern, changing community needs, the impact of a shrinking or growing pattern of development, and transitions between community environments - the suburban/rural-urban interface. The Conference will also highlight how communities are transitioning towards sustainability, disaster recovery, and revitalization. We will aim our sessions at addressing the needs of communities already in transition, as well as the idea of how to proactively transition communities toward something new. We invite you to spend the day at this educational event, with more than 250 attorneys, business professionals, and local leaders in attendance to learn about national, regional, and local innovations, challenges, and best practices.

There are several interesting sessions on the schedule, and we recently confirmed that Mitchell Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner; Past President, American Planning Association; Former Raleigh Chief Planning Officer; and City Innovator and Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council, will be our keynote speakers.

Conference participants can earn CLE, APA-CM, and New York State planning and zoning training credits.

When: December 5, 2014 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Where: The New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School

There is additional information available on our conference page.