Associate Dean Patricia Salkin was recently appointed to the City of Albany’s Community Advisory Board on Sustainability. The advisory board will work closely with the Mayor's Office of Energy & Sustainability, established by City of Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings last year to coordinate energy conservation and efficiency initiatives among the municipal departments and to drive community wide efforts to become a more livable and sustainable city.
Late last year, Associate Dean Salkin published her 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. The book, co-authored with John Nolon, the James D. Hopkins Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law, also explains how the U.S. legal system can be used to foster greenhouse gas reduction, energy conservation and sustainable patterns of growth.
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, has published numerous articles addressing local government’s role in climate change and global warming mitigation. Her work focuses on the intersection of land use planning and regulation, sustainable development law and green development law, which intersect to provide a foundation for adaptation and other climate change mitigation strategies.
A nationally recognized expert on land use law and zoning, Associate Dean Salkin maintains a blog titled Law of the Land. She is the author of the five-volume leading land use treatise, American Law of Zoning, 5 th ed., and the four-volume New York Zoning Law and Practice, 4 th ed. Since joining Albany Law School in 1990, Associate Dean Salkin has taught courses ranging from land use law and housing law and policy to New York state administrative law and current legal issues in government.