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OUR WORK The Center provides research, training, technical assistance, support, and strategic planning services to communities and individuals. Working with trained law students, the Center quickly, affordably, and effectively develops techniques to remedy nearly all types of land use problems that afflict urban, suburban, and rural communities. The Center enjoys a track record of successful implementation in partnership with local land use leaders, state and federal agencies, and other change agents. It accomplishes this through its programs and catalytic demonstration projects, which cover a range of topics related to land use planning and regulation, including: . Local Environmental Law and Natural Resource Conservation . Historic Building and Agricultural Land Preservation . Smart Growth . Community Economic Development . Urban Revitalization . Fair, Affordable, and Workforce Housing . Vacant and Distressed Property Remediation . Transit Oriented Development . Sustainable Site and Neighborhood Development . Green Buildings . Local Wind and Solar Energy . Sea Level Rise . Community Resiliency . Climate Change Mitigation . Collaborative Decision-Making and Facilitation

TrainingThe Land Use Law Center leads the nation in educating local land use leaders through training programs in land use law and collaborative decision-making. Since 1995, over 2,500 leaders across five states have graduated from its four-day intensive Land Use Leadership Alliance Training Program, which has garnered over 100 formal resolutions of support from local governments and businesses. The Center also conducts one-day municipal training programs for government staff and civic leaders. Each training program is designed to meet the needs of its participants and their communities by focusing on both foundational and cutting-edge information related to their priority land use issues. Teaching in the Center's training programs is based on a "train the trainer" model, through which participants are empowered to share their program experience with others. This model encourages the creation of leadership networks, initiates and supports grassroots regionalism, creates opportunities for civic engagement, and fosters sustainable communities. Trainees have reported significant success in leading their communities to effective action to preserve historic centers, revitalize their riverfronts, arrest undesired development patterns, achieve intermunicipal planning, preserve farm land, and to enhance their economic development prospects.The American Planning Association awarded its 2009 National Leadership Award for a Planning Advocate to the Land Use Law Center's Land Use Leadership Alliance (LULA) Training Program, describing it as "designed to inspire respected local land use leaders and planners to be effective agents of change in their communities" and calling it "the most extensive land use leaders training program in the country."On January 1, 2007, the New York State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section honored the Center's LULA Training Program for its "extensive work in educating state and local officials on land use and environmental impacts, which has resulted in a positive impact on New York's natural resources."Other LULA Awards include: . Public Program Award, Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (2006) . Special Recognition Award, The Northern Dutchess Alliance (2005) . Quality of Life Award, Mid Hudson Pattern for Progress (2005) . Achievement Award for Excellence, Westchester Interfaith Housing Corporation (2004) . Award of Distinction, League of Conservation Voters, Westchester Chapter (2004)