Lawyering for the Sustainable City
Presented by Northeastern University School of Law
March 21, 2014
Cities are inventive places where new collaborations foster creative solutions to pressing environmental challenges, such as changing climate, rising sea levels, extreme weather events and aging infrastructure. Lawyers lead the way in mobilizing the search for innovative answers. Through the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, they work to configure resilient urban designs and to incorporate environmental insights and concerns for human welfare into land use and resource management decisions. We will explore the important roles that lawyers play in questioning old arrangements and fashioning ecologically sound designs to support resilient, healthy, and equitable communities in the face of environmental threats and uncertainties. We will consider how legal transactions and regulatory frameworks can ease transitions and protect vulnerable groups, giving particular attention to innovations in zoning, economic development, energy use, urban transportation and water management.