New York Local Governments Respond to Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
The New York Environmental Lawyer (NYS Bar Association Environmental Law Section), Fall 2009
20 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2009 Last revised: 8 Dec 2014
Date Written: November 23, 2009
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. This paper 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.
Keywords: green buildings, climate change, local government, carbon footprint, solar energy, wind energy, LEED buildings
JEL Classification: K11, K32
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