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Faculty

Jonathan Rosenbloom

Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
Environmental Law Center

LLM, Harvard Law School

JD, New York Law School

B.Arch and BFA, Rhode Island School of Design

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Curriculum Vitae

Jonathan Rosenbloom

Biography

Jonathan Rosenbloom, professor of law, joined Vermont Law School in 2019 first as a visitor from Drake Law School where he was the Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of Environmental and Sustainability Programming. He is the author of Remarkable Cities and the Fight Against Climate Change (ELI 2020); co-author of two textbooks, Resilience & Sustainability: From Theory to Practice (Aspen 2018) (with Shelley Saxer) and Land Use and Sustainable Development Law: Cases and Materials (9th ed. West 2017) (with John Nolon, Patricia Salkin, Stephen Miller); and co-editor of Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group 2018) (with Dan Cole, Blake Hudson) and Beyond Zero-Sum Environmentalism (ELI Press 2018) (with Sarah Krakoff, Melissa Powers). His scholarship has been published in Hastings Law JournalHarvard Environmental Law Review, Colorado University Law Review, Washington Law Review, and others. Jonathan is the founding executive director of the Sustainable Development Code, a model land use code designed to provide local governments with the best sustainability practices in land use. Jonathan received his Bachelors in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, JD from New York Law School, and LLM from Harvard Law School. Prior to teaching, he founded a non-profit that worked with state and local governments on becoming more sustainable, clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and worked for Reed Smith LLP.  He was named Stevens Faculty Scholar of the Year in 2018, Vermont Law School, Distinguished Environment Law Scholar in 2017, University of Oregon, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resource Distinguished Visitor in 2016, and Drake Law Outstanding Professor of the Year in 2013.

Publications

Chapters

Local Variation to Lead the Disruption of Contemporary Environmental Law in Environmental Law. Disrupted. (Jessica Owley, Keith H. Hirokawa, eds.) (ELI Press, forthcoming 2021) (with Keith H. Hirokawa).

Gaming Rhetoric and the Complicated Story of Local Identity in Beyond Zero-Sum Environmentalism (Sarah Krakoff, Melissa Powers, Jonathan Rosenbloom, eds.) (ELI Press 2019) (with Keith Hirokawa).

Articles

Facing Water-Based Challenges with Sustainable Development Codes, 8 Zoning Practice 2 (American Planning Association) (2019).

Foundations of Insider Environmental Law, 49 Environ. L. 631 (2019) (with Keith Hirokawa).

Fifty Shades of Gray Infrastructure: Land Use & the Failure to Create Resilient Cities, 93 Wash. L. R. 101 (2018) (cited as one of best land use articles of the year by the Zoning and Planning Law Handbook).

Teaching Applied Sustainability: A Practicum Based on Drafting Ordinances, 4 Texas A&M J. of Prop. L. 83 (2017) (with John Dernbach) (symposium).

Local Governments and Global Commons, 6 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 1489 (2015).

Funding Adaptation, 47 J. Marshall L. Rev. 657 (2014) (symposium).

Uncommon Approaches to Commons Problems, 64 Hastings L. J. 1273 (2013) (with Blake Hudson).

Towards Engaged Scholarship, 33 Pace L. Rev. 821 (2013) (with 16 law professors).

Books

Editor, Beyond Zero-Sum Environmentalism (ELI Press) (co-editors Sarah Krakoff, Melissa Powers) (2019).

Social-Ecological Resilience & Sustainability: From Theory to Practice (Aspen Publishers) (co-author Shelley Saxer) (2018).

Editor, Routledge Handbook of the Study of the Commons (Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group) (co-editor with Dan Cole, Blake Hudson) (2018).

Land Use and Sustainable Development Law: Cases and Materials (9th ed. West) (co-authors John Nolon, Patricia Salkin, Stephen Miller) (2017).

Other

Learning From Local Response to Environmental DisruptionELR News & Analysis (Volume 49, Issue No. 1) (2019) (with Keith Hirokawa).

Facing Water-Based Challenges with Sustainable Development Codes, 8 Zoning Practice 2 (American Planning Association) (2019).

Presentations

Indiana Zoning Code and Comprehensive Plan Strategy for Climate Resilience, Development Code Amendments to Reduce GHG Emissions, Indiana University, Dec. 11, 2019.

Interview with Environmental Law Institute’s People Places Planet Podcast discussing Remarkable Cities and the Fight Against Climate Change, June 17, 2020.

Rhode Island School of Design, RISD Lawyers Industry ConversationJune 11, 2020.

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Western Places/Western Spaces: Creating Inclusive Communities, Green Infrastructure and Development Codes, March 7, 2020.

American Association of Law Schools, Outsourcing Emissions: Why Local Governments Can and Should Regulate Consumption-Based Greenhouse Gases, January 4, 2020.

Design Residency 2019, Panelist, Des Moines, Growth, and Moving Forward Sustainably, Nov. 6, 2019.

University of Connecticut, Sustainable Development Code & Growing in an Unprecedented Time of Change, Oct. 15, 2019.

"Sustainable Development Code & Growing in an Unprecedented Time of Change," University of Connecticut, October 15, 2019.

University of Calgary and University of Houston, Second Annual Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Works-in-Progress roundtable, Outsourcing Emissions: Why Local Governments Can and Should Regulate Consumption-Based Greenhouse Gases, Oct. 11, 2019.

"Outsourcing Emissions: Why Local Governments Can and Should Regulate Consumption-based Greenhouse Gases," Second Annual Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Works-in-Progress roundtable, University of Calgary and University of Houston, October 11, 2019.

Mountain Towns 2030, Net Zero Summit, GHG Reductions, Development, and Ecological Uncertainty, Oct. 3, 2019.

"GHG Reductions, Development, and Ecological Uncertainty," Mountain Towns 2030, NetZero Summit, October 3, 2019.

United Nations University, Regional Center For Education, Local Implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals, Sept. 24, 2019.

Indiana 4th annual Climate Leadership Summit, Growing Sustainably in an Unprecedented Time of Change, Sept. 12, 2019.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Burdens to Benefits: Biodiversity, Development, & the Sustainable Development Code, July 9, 2019.

Fifth Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, Arizona State University, Defining Sustainability in the Context of Development Codes, May 7, 2019.

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Western Places/Western Spaces: Creating Inclusive Communities, Best Practices in Sustainable Development, March 8-9, 2019.

International Academic Asso. on Planning, Law and Property Rights, Fifty Shades of Grey Infrastructure: Land Use and the Failure to Create Resilient Cities, February 18-22, 2019.

American Association of Law Schools, Sustainable Development Code, January 3, 2019.

Awards & Accomplishments

Other Accomplishments or Activities