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Summer School: Land Use and the Law


July 6, 2011


Washington, DC

Each summer the ELI Summer School convenes a complimentary seminar series that serves as an introduction to the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the United States. The weekly brown-bag lunch seminars are taught by experts in their fields, and introduce the audience to the major environmental statutes (including NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, TSCA, RCRA and CERCLA) and land use law. The series ends with an afternoon careers seminar followed by a networking reception.

Who should attend: Summer associates, law clerks and interns, as well as attorneys or working professionals seeking an introduction to environmental law and policy.

Land Use and the Law

Land use planning touches everyone. This session focused on the primary elements of land use planning law: 1) zoning, 2) comprehensive planning, and 3) eminent domain. The speakers described the history of Euclidean or "suburban" zoning and urban planning, and more recent trends in approaches to planning communities. They also discussed smart growth, transportation issues, and green building initiatives, and described inter-agency cooperation that led to holistic approaches to planning land, building, water, and infrastructure needs to reduce energy costs and climate change impacts.

Summer School: Session 5, Land Use and the Law from Environmental Law Institute on Vimeo.

Gus B. Bauman, Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Sara C. Bronin, Associate Professor & Co-Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Law, University of Connecticut School of Law

Gus Bauman handout, American Development: State and Local (and, Yes, Federal) Land Use Controls
mp3 recording


The ELI Summer School series is made possible by the generous support of our members.