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Public Lecture on Land Use Planners And Climate Change

February 6, 2013

Robert LibertyAs part of an annual lecture series, Vermont Law School will host a nationally distinguished land use planner, Robert. L. Liberty from Portland State University, to deliver a lecture on the critical role that land use planner play in addressing climate change.

Entitled "Rising to the Land Use Challenge: How Planners and Regulators Can Help Sustain Our Civilization," the lecture will be given on Thursday, February, 7, 2013, at 5:30pm, in the Jonathon B. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School. 

"In this country many land use planners have the training, skills and knowledge to challenge the prevailing orthodoxy, to restate the necessity of the regulation of the use of land and to play a leadership role in preparing our nation and our world for the changes that we must make to sustain our civilization," Liberty said.

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Mr. Liberty is the Director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator at Portland State University, a graduate of Harvard Law School, and a former Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Oregon Honors College, and a Masters in Modern History from Oxford University.

According to the LOEBlog, the Urban Sustainability Accelerator was established to help smaller and mid-sized urban areas implement sustainability projects.

We will be different from many other sustainability assistance programs because we focus on helping cities move their proposals from concept to reality rather than on education or adoption, and we provide assistance and support for a year (or more). Since our aims require not only technical assistance but also strategic advice to overcome political and administrative challenges, we will include the private and nonprofit sectors in the hard work of implementation. In addition, we will emphasize the creation of a learning cohort among the six to eight urban areas that will participate each year.

Mr. Liberty's lecture is being delivered as the 9th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law.  The Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture recognizes the contributions made by Norman Williams, who came to Vermont Law School shortly after its founding after a long and distinguished career in public service and teaching, particularly in the area of land use planning. Professor Williams played a key role in founding Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association. 

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