Posted by: Patricia Salkin | November 30, 2009

Looking for Ideas on Local Laws Promoting Green Development?

While climate change is not exclusively a land use issue, some of the most effective strategies to slow climate change can be accomplished through modifications to building codes, zoning ordinances and other land use regulations. However, to be truly effective and to attain quantifiable results, local governments must implement a variety of tools and techniques and send a consistent message to residents. Below is a link to a paper that collects and explores various approaches recently adopted by local governments throughout the State of New York, allowing municipal attorneys and policymakers to consider options for adoption of locally based initiatives designed to reduce our carbon footprint.

To view/download the entire paper, please click on download and then SSRN NY here.


  1. Climate change and carbon footprint are political, not scientific ideas. These are designed (as opposed to reporting reality) to “chicken little” the common American into guilt and punishment.

    One only need look as far as Mars and Venus to understand that the sun’s activities through the 1980s and 1990s caused the spike, and that we have been cooling for ten years hence.

    It is a sad day when the average man cannot think critically enough to discern truth from fiction on a scale so grand. We have our television media industry to thank, in part, for blurring the line between news, reality and contrivance.

    Thanks for the article. It may come in handy as regional planner Jenny Snapp (LUC – Ohio) takes the stand in the wind energy siting case this week.

  2. It is one thing to debate the causes of climate change, but to claim that change itself is a political concept goes beyond simple ignorance. We have good solid evidence climates the world over have shifted in the course of human history, some even to the detriment and downfall of multiple cultures. I agree the political will to challenge human causes is lacking, but even if we assume that changes are simply a part of the natural order, then, at a minimum, planners should attempt to use the current scientific paradigm as a long term shaping tool. At this point, the focus should be how to plan ahead and adapt to changes in the future especially for coastal and floodplain communities as well as agricultural based local economies. To continue debating that climate change is “fiction on a scale so grand” is asinine.

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