Professor to Attend White House Forum on Environmental Justice

12/13/2010 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

Albany Law School Associate Dean Patricia Salkin will attend the White House Forum on Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 15 to discuss creating a healthy and sustainable environment in the United States.

The invitation-only event will be attended by cabinet members, senior federal officials, environmental justice community leaders and state, local and tribal government officials. Participants will have an opportunity to speak with officials from federal departments and agencies directly involved with environmental justice efforts.

Associate Dean Salkin, who is also director of Albany Law School's Government Law Center (GLC) and the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, was appointed in 2007 by the White House as a member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, a 26-member advisory committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consisting of representatives from academia, community groups, industry/business, non-government organizations/environmental organizations, state/local governments and tribal governments/indigenous groups.

She has published numerous studies and articles on the intersection of environmental justice and land use planning, and she was instrumental in securing funding from the Ford Foundation for the development and implementation of national training curriculum for members of local government land use bodies on this subject. As a result, the GLC, together with the National Academy for Public Administration, implemented the training in California, Illinois, New Mexico and New York.

Associate Dean Salkin recently published the book " Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a Nutshell" (West 2010), which explores international, federal, state and local laws and policies regarding sustainable development and climate change, as well as explains how the U.S. legal system fosters greenhouse gas reduction, energy conservation and sustainable patterns of growth. Climate justice issues are also discussed in the book.

She is also a nationally recognized expert on land use law and zoning and maintains a blog titled  Law of the Land. Since joining Albany Law School in 1990, Associate Dean Salkin has taught courses in land use law, housing law and policy, New York State administrative law, current legal issues in government and government ethics. This spring she will be teaching a new course, introduction to Chinese law.