Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Seeking collaborators on Sustainable Development Code: Jon Rosenbloom

From Jon Rosenbloom:

Dear colleagues,

The Sustainable Development Code is a model local code providing the best sustainability practices to local governments. The Code focuses on local development practices that implicate a wide array of sustainability issues, including climate change, wildlife habitats, water quality, and affordable housing.

I am co-managing the Code with the University of Colorado at Denver, School of Architecture and Planning. We are working with practitioners, academics, and students from around the country.

Would you be interested in incorporating drafting Code provisions into your environmental, land use, energy law, water law, or state and local government course, as was done at several law schools last semester. Overwhelmingly, the response from those that have incorporated the Code into their courses has been that it provides excellent educational opportunities to understand local environmental issues, local regulations, and, more generally, federalism and decentralization. In addition, it is a good chance for students to hone their researching and writing skills.

The Code is divided into 32 chapters, covering topics such as “water supply quality and quantity,” “coastal hazards,” and “wind energy” (a list of chapters can be found in the prezi presentation linked below). Each chapter consists of 30-40 concrete policy actions local governments can take to become more sustainable in that particular area. Each action has a corresponding brief describing:

  • The specific recommendation;
  • The effects the recommendation is projected to have;
  • At least two local governments’ code provisions that have implemented the recommendation; and
  • 4-6 additional local code citations and parentheticals with similar recommendations.

Drafting the briefs has been primarily incorporated into coursework. The idea is that the briefs will provide local governments with quick and easily accessible information that can be used to enact local legislation. The briefs were designed by a multidisciplinary group of experts and practitioners (a list of the Advisory Committee can be found in the prezi presentation). I’m glad to forward sample briefs.

If you would like additional information on the Code, in 5-7 minutes I could walk through the prezi presentation found at:


I will make myself fully available to anyone interested in this project. We expect to launch the Code in summer/fall 2019.

I hope this project interests you and, if so, please contact me.

Jon Rosenbloom




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