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Deal Is A Deal: Ecogen Wind Prevails In Windfarming Dispute
Posted on 10 Feb 2014 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin The New York Law Journal reported on January 2, 2014 that the Town of Prattsburgh, which, during the relevant time, had virtually no laws, codes or requirements on the books governing the installation of wind turbine facilities... Read More

New York Lawyer Wins Green Nobel Prize
Posted on 13 May 2014 by Dianne Saxe

By Meredith James and Dianne Saxe. Helen Slottje, a lawyer in Ithaca, New York, was recently awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work “helping towns across New York defend themselves from oil and gas companies by passing local bans... Read More

New York’s Highest Court Hears Oral Arguments on Local Zoning Bans
Posted on 17 Jun 2014 by Babst Calland

By Michael C. Murphy . On June 3rd, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the authority of a municipality to ban certain oil and gas activities within its jurisdiction. The Court is reviewing two lower court... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: NYC Department of City Planning Introduces Zone Green
Posted on 29 Dec 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Zoning laws can sometimes make it more difficult for building owners to construct new green buildings or make existing ones more energy efficient. The New York City Department... Read More

CCCL Publishes Draft Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance
Posted on 15 Aug 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Columbia Law School's Center for Climate Change Law (CCCL) has prepared a first draft of a model small-scale solar-siting ordinance . The model ordinance offers a framework that can enable municipalities to implement and enforce the effective and... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: EPA Launches Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program
Posted on 19 Apr 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP In February 2011, EPA launched its Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program . The program is seeking to make tools and resources available to communities wishing to... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: NYC Department of City Planning Introduces Zone Green
Posted on 29 Dec 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Zoning laws can sometimes make it more difficult for building owners to construct new green buildings or make existing ones more energy efficient. The New York City Department... Read More

CCCL Publishes Draft Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance
Posted on 15 Aug 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Columbia Law School's Center for Climate Change Law (CCCL) has prepared a first draft of a model small-scale solar-siting ordinance . The model ordinance offers a framework that can enable municipalities to implement and enforce the effective and... Read More