Center Creates Model Green Building Ordinance

Summer 2011

The Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law recently released a model green building ordinance that would regulate construction of both new and renovated structures. Municipalities across New York state will be able to use the ordinance to ensure that building projects adhere to certain standards regarding efficient use of energy, water, and building materials. The ordinance is easily adaptable to jurisdictions outside New York as well, explained Professor Michael B. Gerrard, the director of the Center for Climate Change Law. “Our vision,” he added, “is for municipal governing bodies to see this model ordinance as a valuable resource.” This spring, Gerrard hosted a conference at the Law School addressing the threat climate change and rising sea levels pose to small island nations.