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Enhancing the Urban Environment Through Green Infrastructure

January 2016

Citation: 46 ELR 10071

Issue: 1

Author: John R. Nolon

This Article is adapted from Chapter Seven of John R. Nolon, Protecting the Environment Through Land Use Law: Standing Ground, published by ELI Press. The book describes how localities are responding to new challenges, including the imperative that they adapt to and help mitigate climate change and create sustainable neighborhoods. This Article follows the steady advance in the use of green infrastructure in recent years, and details its value as a strategy for adapting to climate change, bettering air quality, lowering heat stress, creating greater biodiversity, conserving energy, providing ecological services, sequestering carbon, preserving and expanding habitats, enhancing aesthetics, increasing property values, and improving the livability of neighborhoods.

John R. Nolon is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law, where he teaches property, land use, and sustainable development law courses and is Counsel to the Law School’s Land Use Law Center. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 2001.

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