Haub Law Professor Jessica Bacher Appointed to Panel Supporting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Climate Action Council

September 8, 2020
Jessica Bacher

Prof. Jessica Bacher, Executive Director of the Pace Land Use Law Center, has been appointed to a land use panel supporting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Climate Action Council.

The Climate Action Council is responsible for developing a Scoping Plan to reduce New York’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and no less than 85 percent by 2050. The Council will be supported by a Just Transition Working Group and sector-specific Advisory Panels, whose members will contribute a diversity of expertise in drafting a suite of recommendations for the Council's Scoping Plan. These groups will determine the emissions reductions strategies necessary to combat climate change, ensuring that the most vulnerable among us benefit from clean energy and guaranteeing that New Yorkers thrive in the low-carbon economy.

Prof. Bacher has been named one of 11 members of the Land Use and Local Government Advisory Panel supporting the Council.

“I am excited to be given the opportunity to help the Governor shape the emissions reduction policies that are crucial to fighting climate change,” said Prof. Bacher. “We hope that New York will lead the nation in establishing cutting-edge state policies to curb climate change.”

As Executive Director of the Pace Land Use Center, Prof. Bacher is responsible for development and implementation of projects relating to local land use practice, distressed property remediation, transit-oriented development, sustainable communities, land use responses to sea level rise, and code enforcement, as well as providing strategic assistance to numerous municipalities. She is also on the Standards Committee for the State Climate Smart Communities Program, and recently led a project to update and move the program online.

At Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Prof. Bacher serves as adjunct professor, teaching Land Use Law, Sustainable Development Survey, and the Advanced Land Use and Sustainable Development Seminar. She also administers the Center’s academic programs and guides student research. In addition, she is a lecturer and project supervisor at Yale School of the Environment, where she manages the school’s Land Use Clinic. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Haub Law.

About the Pace Land Use Law Center

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, videos & podcasts, and publications and resources on contemporary land use, real estate, and environmental issues. https://law.pace.edu/landuse

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