The latest from Pace’s Environmental Program is available at http://issuu.com/pacelawpubs/docs/pace_greenvision_2013. A few of the highlights from our report:

Pace faculty published more than 30 articles this year across the spectrum of environmental issues, including climate change, sea level rise, Brazilian ethanol regulation, transboundary groundwater management, "humane" standards for animal agriculture, hydraulic fracturing and land use law, public/private environmental governance, and public trust servitudes, to name a few. The Pace Environmental Law Review published a special symposium edition on nanotechnology this winter, with an introduction by Distinguished Scholar in Residence Leslie Carothers.

The first English/Mandarin Dictionary of Environmental and Climate Change Law (Edward Elgar), involving several years of work by teams of students and faculty at Pace and at Shanghai Jaio Tong University, was published this summer.

Other books launched this year are Dick Ottinger’s compilation of global case studies and analyses on Renewable Energy Law and Development (Edward Elgar), Nick Robinson’s Environmental Law in ASEAN (with Profs. K.L. Koh and Lye Lin Heng), Jason Czarnezki’s Food, Agriculture and Environmental Law (with Profs. Mary Jane Angelo and Bill Eubanks), the Land Use Law Center’s Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods (in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council), and Franz Litz/World Resources Institute’s Can the U.S. Get There from Here? Using Existing Federal Laws and State Action to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

The Land Use Law Center is training government leaders in Colorado to manage water-challenged urban growth in the Front Range; partnering with Yale to link science to hydraulic fracturing controls; and creating sustainability tools to measure New Jersey communities’ progress in sustainable development. John Nolon has developed a suite of five land use and environmental law courses at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as part of our ongoing JD/Masters of Environmental Law partnership. LULC’s 12th annual national conference, "Leading Communities Toward a Resilient Future," will be held December 6.

The Pace Energy and Climate Center is working to incorporate a clean distributed energy and electric vehicle policy into Consolidated Edison’s rate case; leads a pioneering microgrid research study for New York state; works to maximize New York’s "15×15" energy efficiency policy; led a coalition supporting Governor Cuomo’s New York Sun solar initiative; and continues to marshal diverse, nationwide coalition efforts to engage EPA in the forthcoming carbon pollution standards. Its workshop on "Community Microgrids in Connecticut," co-hosted with the Connecticut DEP, will be held later this month.

The Center for Environmental Legal Studies successfully passed seven groundbreaking new policies at the World Conservation Congress, finished the Dictionary of Environmental and Climate Change Law, hosted numerous international visitors, created a summer environmental law program with international courses that attracted students from around the world, and sent a presenting delegation to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in Waikato, New Zealand, this summer.

The Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic’s 20-case docket action this year kept its students busy filing a summary judgment motion in a long-running challenge to the EPA’s "Water Transfers Rule" on behalf of a dozen national clients, battling state deregulation of certain CAFOs in the wake of the Greek yogurt boom, and fighting New York City’s longstanding conversion of parkland to landfill in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

We welcomed Jason Czarnezki to our faculty this past week as our Kerlin Distinguished Environmental Law Professor. Professor Shelby Green is now teaching our historic and cultural preservation courses.

Our classroom building was renamed in April in honor of our dean emeritus, Richard L. Ottinger, who helped found the Peace Corps and served in Congress as an environmental champion over two decades before coming to Pace Law School in 1983 as professor and eventually dean, founding the Pace Energy Center.

Pace, and Pace people, received a total of four of ABA SEER’s highest awards this year, including the Distinguished Achievement for Environmental Law award for the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the individual Distinguished Achievement award for Leslie Carothers.

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