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Center Initiatives in Land Use and the Environment

The Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility

Center Initiatives

 

The University of Louisville’s Center for Land Use and Responsibility seeks to promote improved understanding of – and ideas about – the relationships between land use and human and natural environments.  To date, it has organized its work around two initiatives: 1) the Fair and Healthy Land Use Initiative; and 2) the Healthy Watershed Land Use Initiative.

 

   The Fair and Healthy Land Use Initiative    

 

Grant Project:  The Community Land Use Assessment for Fair & Healthy Neighborhoods: An Educational-Community Partnership in West Louisville:

 

            ● Funded by the Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity (a civic capacity enhancement mini-grant).

 

            ● In partnership with the Central High School Magnet Program in Law & Government, the University of Louisville’s Signature Partnership Initiative with West Louisville, the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law’s Central High Partnership, the School of Urban and Public Affairs, and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.

 

            ● Educational and community engagement project with Central High School juniors on land use, environmental justice, and community conditions assessment, including housing and health equity, with a focus on West Louisville and the Parkland neighborhood.

 

            ● Developed community conditions assessment methods and tools for use in a high school project engaging with local neighborhoods that are predominantly African-American, low-income, and experiencing inequitable distribution of land uses, environmental harms and benefits, housing conditions, and health-promoting conditions.

 

            ● Developed and taught a two-part, six-week curriculum to juniors in the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program on a) land use planning and regulation; b) the history of racial and economic injustices in land use and environmental conditions; c) researching and mapping of land uses, community assets, environmental conditions, and other social indicators; and d) community-based planning and participation in land use decision making.

 

            ● Led the Central High School juniors in researching, analyzing, writing, and presenting a report to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville on a wide range of land use, environmental, housing, health, and social conditions in the Parkland neighborhood.  The report also identified methods for engaging community residents in planning and neighborhood revitalization, and for achieving equitable, healthy, and sustainable land uses in the neighborhood.  This project served to aid Habitat for Humanity in its goals of engaging area residents in a large-scale project of housing construction, housing rehabilitation, and community revitalization in the neighborhoods of Parkland, California, and Park Hill.  Selected representatives of the Central High students presented the class report to representatives of Habitat for Humanity.

 

            ● Created and implemented by Professor Tony Arnold, Dustin Wallen, Don Rodgers, Liz Edmondson, Professor Laura Rothstein, and Professor Cedric Powell.

 

Programs, Panels, Symposia, and Speakers:

 

            ● Sponsorship of the Session on Children, Nature, and Land Use, Symposium on Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, October 26, 2007.

 

            ● Co-sponsorship of the The Ohio River Valley Conference on Sustainable Redevelopment, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Louisville, KY, October 3, 2007.

 

            ● Co-sponsorship of the following Diversity Forums:

 

                        ● Katrina and the Cross-Currents of Environmental Justice, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, November 7, 2005.

 

                        ● Forty Years of Open Housing: The Louisville Experience, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, October 2, 2007.

 

                        ● Here’s to Your Health: Crossing the Desert to Health Equity, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, KY, February 5, 2008.

 

            ● Co-sponsorship of the following Boehl Distinguished Lectures in Land Use Policy (http://louisville.edu/landuse/boehl-distinguished-lecture-series-in-land-use-policy.html):

 

                        ● Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold, The People’s Land: Justice Brandeis, Environmental Conservation, and Wisdom for Today’s Land Use Challenges, Inaugural Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, February 13, 2007.

 

                        ● Linda Malone, Think Globally, Act Locally: A Pivotal Transformation in the Global Warming Debate, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, May 2, 2007.

 

                        ● Victor Flatt, Act Locally, Affect Globally: Local Government's Role in Addressing Climate Change and Other Large-Scale Environmental Harms, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, June 9, 2008.  

 

Research:  In addition to grant support for applied research (discussed under grant projects), the Center’s activities provided indirect support for the following academic research by Professor Tony Arnold.  For links to some of this research, see http://louisville.edu/landuse/research-of-center-affiliates.html.

 

            ● Fair and Healthy Land Use: Environmental Justice and Planning, Planning Advisory Service Report, American Planning Association (2007), and numerous presentations on this topic.

 

            ● “Planning and Environmental Justice,” 59(3) Planning and Environmental Law 3 (March 2007).

 

            ● The Vitality Principle in Urban Environments for Children and Youth: Environmental Justice Lessons from Parks, Plans, Rivers, and Communities, Lecture, Children, Youth and Environments Center for Research and Design, University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning, Boulder, CO, October 9, 2008.

 

            ● Vital Places: Healthy Child-Nature Connections in Plans, Codes, Projects, and Decisions, Panel Presentation for Session on Children, Nature, and Land Use, Symposium on Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, October 26, 2007.

 

            ● Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Redevelopment at Cleanup Sites: Issues of Psychology, Politics, and Justice, The Ohio River Valley Conference on Sustainable Redevelopment, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Louisville, KY, October 3, 2007.

 

            ● An Ecology of Environmentalism, Democracy, and Land Use Planning & Regulation, Panel on Democracy, Environmental Law, and Land Use: Conflict or Confluence?, Southeast Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Amelia Island, FL, August 2, 2007.

 

            ● The People’s Land: Justice Brandeis, Environmental Conservation, and Wisdom for Today’s Land Use Challenges, Inaugural Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, February 13, 2007.

 

            ● Environmental Injustice Floods the National Conscience: Katrina and the Wider, Deeper Problems of Environmental Injustice, Diversity Forum: Katrina and the Cross-Currents of Environmental Justice, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, November 7, 2005.

           

Green City Partnership Project:

 

            ● The Center has assisted in providing research and administrative support to the Louisville Metro Climate Change Task Force, a project of the Green City Partnership (University of Louisville, Metro Louisville, Jefferson County Public Schools), particularly the Committee on Land Use, Transportation, and Urban Forestry.

 

The Healthy Watershed Land Use Initiative  Creek

 

Grant Project: Kentucky Growth Readiness Workshops (part of the Commonwealth Water Education Project)

 

            ● Participate in Commonwealth Water Education Project Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Clean Water Act Section 319 grant) to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Division of Water and the University of Louisville Department of Geography.

            ● Facilitate community-based, multi-jurisdiction, multi-stakeholder workshops on the impact of land use and development on water quality and mechanisms for adapting land development regulations and planning to protect water quality.

            ● Integrate material on relationships between land use and watersheds, land use impacts on water quality, low-impact development, watershed planning, land conservation, property rights and takings, and codes and ordinances analysis.

            ● Develop relationships with local officials, community leaders, land development and environmental professionals, civic groups, the Commonwealth Division of Water, and organizations focused on water quality, watershed planning, or land use planning and development.

 

Programs, Panels, Symposia, and Speakers:

 

            ● Sponsorship of the Diversity Forum on Mountaintop Removal Mining: Human, Environmental, and Legal Dimensions—and Beyond, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, April 10, 2007.

 

            ● Co-sponsorship of The Slippery Slope: Water Quality, Urban Runoff, and the Issue of Authority, a symposium at Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA, January 27, 2006.

 

Research:  In addition to grant support for applied research (discussed under grant projects), the Center’s activities provided indirect support for the following academic research by Professor Tony Arnold.  For links to some of this research, see http://louisville.edu/landuse/research-of-center-affiliates.html.

 

            ● “Clean-Water Land Use: Connecting Scale and Function,” 23(2) Pace Environmental Law Review 291 (2006).

 

            ● “For the Sake of Water: Land Conservation and Watershed Protection,” 14 Sustain: A Journal of Environmental and Sustainability Issues 16 (2006).

 

            ● Models of Clean-Water Land Use, Environmental and Land Use Capstone Colloquium on Land, Water, and Growth, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL, April 3, 2008.

 

            ● Water Privatization Trends in the U.S.: Issues of Human Rights and National Security, Lecture, Human Rights and National Security Law Program, College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, VA, September 16, 2008.

 

            ● Who Framed Urban Watersheds?: Framing Effects and the “Law” of Sustainable Development, Panel on Viewing Environmental Policy and Law Through the Lens of Sustainable Development: Clarification or Muddle?, Southeast Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Palm Beach, FL, July 22, 2006.

 

            ● Unexercised Authority to Control Urban Runoff, The Slippery Slope: Water Quality, Urban Runoff, and the Issue of Authority, a symposium at Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA, January 27, 2006.

 

 

 

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