Sustainable Development in Tough Economic Times

Pace Land Use Law Center to host a conference on Dec. 2 on how the economy has impacted the feasibility of some land use and development strategies

WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 17, 2011–Proponents of sustainable development have been dealt a real blow by current economic conditions. Yet not pursuing sustainable development is likely to cost future generations even more.

On December 2, Pace Law School’s Land Use Law Center will host its 10th annual Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference at the New York State Judicial Institute. Nationally-recognized experts will gather to discuss the extraordinary forces driving land use and development patterns in communities across the Hudson Valley, and explore ways to proceed with sustainable development despite the dim economic realities.

This day-long conference—attended each year by more than 200 attorneys, business and municipal leaders, and other professionals—is open to the general public. It will feature multiple breakout sessions including:

  • Reinventing Development Projects in Response to the New Realities
  • Update on the Latest, Greatest Land Use Cases
  • Green and Efficient Development and Reuse Strategies
  • Repurposing Commercial Property
  • Problem Properties: Land Banking, Regulatory Approaches, and Reuse Strategies
  • Redevelopment Readiness: New Techniques to Streamline the Development Process to be Open for Business
  • Developing Affordable Housing in Changing and Challenging Times
  • Workable Strategies for Integrated Neighborhood Planning

David Kooris, vice president of the Regional Plan Association, will deliver the keynote address. He will examine how the Northeast’s historic infrastructure design can form the foundation of future success; why some decisions made in the 20th Century threaten to throw progress off track; and how communities can work together to leverage their assets towards a new regional strategy for sustainability, serving as a model for North America and the world.

In addition, Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, FAICP, Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning in the College of Architecture & Planning at the University of Utah, where he is also Director of the Metropolitan Research Center and Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program, will deliver the plenary session on how demographic, economic and financial forces are reshaping housing, neighborhood and community preferences.

Distinguished participants at the conference include:

  • Patricia Salkin, Esq., Associate Dean and Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School
  • Alan Mallach, FAICP, Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress, Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program of The Brookings Institution.
  • Patrice Frey, Director of Sustainability, SL Green Realty Corp.

Also speaking will be Pace Law School’s own John Nolon, Jennie Nolon and Tiffany Zezula from the Land Use Law Center, and Thomas G. Bourgeois from the Pace Energy & Climate Center.

The Land Use Law Center, established in 1993, is dedicated to fostering the development of sustainable communities. It assists municipalities, land use leaders, citizens, advocates, planners, attorneys, real estate industry leaders, and others in achieving their development goals at the local and regional levels. The Center offers extensive research and consulting services; conferences, seminars and clinics; law school courses; practitioner and citizen-leader training programs; continuing legal education programs; multimedia resources; and frequent publications on sustainable land use and community development.

For more information about the conference, please visit this website.

Reporters are welcome to attend the conference with advanced notice to Lauren Rubenstein, (914) 422-4389. Land Use Law Center staff members are also available to speak to the media in advance of the conference.

When: December 2, 2011, Registration and Continental Breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.; First session begins at 8 a.m.

New York State Judicial Institute
Pace Law School campus
84 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Cost: $100 for general admission; $75 for student/ not-for-profit/ government
CLE Credits (1.5 Ethics and 4.5 Practice) also available for an additional cost ($120 to download CLE book from website; $150 to pick up printed materials at the conference). CM Credits 11.25.

For more information or to register, please contact Ann Marie McCoy at (914) 422 -4262 or

Media Contact:

Lauren Rubenstein
Manager, Media Relations
Pace Law School
(914) 422-4389
cell (914) 329-8680


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