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Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: EPA Launches Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program

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 improve quality of life issues and to make themselves...

CCCL Publishes Draft Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance

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 efficient use of solar energy resources. The ordinance...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law Prepares Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance, Seeks Comments

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 efficient use of solar energy resources. The ordinance...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: NYC Department of City Planning Introduces Zone Green

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 of City Planning has attempted to address this issue...

Deal Is A Deal: Ecogen Wind Prevails In Windfarming Dispute

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, was not permitted by the court to retroactively...

New York Lawyer Wins Green Nobel Prize

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 on fracking” (the US equivalent of anti-fracking...

New York’s Highest Court Hears Oral Arguments on Local Zoning Bans

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 decisions , Dryden, [ enhanced version available...