Nature Friendly Ordinances
Nature-Friendly Ordinances will help communities take affirmative steps to conserve and restore those biodiversity features of their environment that add value regionally and locally. It is intended for all local decisionmakers that deal with land use.
James M. McElfish, Jr. is a Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute, where he directs the Institute’s Sustainable Use of Land Program. His publications include, among others, "State Environmental Law" in The Law of Environmental Protection (Clark, Boardman, Callaghan 1987 updated annually), the book The Environmental Regulation of Coal Mining (Envtl. L. Inst. 1989), "Learning From the Past and Looking to the Future" in John Nolon's New Ground: The Advent of Local Environmental Law (Envtl. L. Inst. 2003), and approximately 50 ELI research reports and scholarly articles. McElfish served on the American Planning Association’s Directorate for its Growing SmarterTM Legislative Guidebook. He is a 1979 graduate of Yale Law School.