Sustainable Development

Ten years ago, few people knew what "green building law" or "sustainability" was, let alone what laws applied. Now, sustainability, "green building" and energy law are reshaping the land use, real estate, and business environments. Shifts in energy law and policy, expansion of sustainable development projects and the emergence of new energy-efficient practices and products are all quickly changing how businesses are competing within the global market. Our Sustainable Development Practice Group, made up of lawyers from our Private Land Use Practice and Environmental Practice Groups, is a leader in creating practical solutions for cutting-edge challenges, while providing a multidisciplinary approach to advise, support and counsel clients on meeting the these new demands.

By advising developers, private companies and an array of governmental agencies on how to meet higher standards, we have helped bring together law, technology and industry in numerous projects related to green building practices.  We understand virtually every aspect of transactional real estate, land use/zoning and environmental law. We also have wide-ranging municipal, business, energy/utility, and litigation experience. 

We have the experience and knowledge to capitalize on the opportunities in sustainable development, conservation, and green business practices.  We are experts in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Florida Green Building Coalition standards for sustainable green building, renewable energy and clean technologies, air quality, climate change and clean water laws.   With this background, and knowledge of the changing legal environment, we are “thought leaders” in the sustainability and green law community, and craft novel sustainable solutions for our clients and communities.

We are also committed to being an environmentally responsible member of our local and extended communities. Our obligation includes not only complying with - and striving to exceed - environmental regulations, but also encouraging the conservation of energy, water and other natural resources.

Areas of Expertise in Sustainable Development:

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Federal and State Endangered Species Acts
  • Clean Water Act
  • Water Quality Control Act
  • Federal Clean Air Act
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Community Redevelopment Law
  • Historical Preservation
  • Transit-Oriented/Infill Projects
  • Redevelopment, Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation
  • Toxics Litigation: CERCLA, RCRA, State law and Common Law Claims
  • Smart Growth & Growth Control Measures
  • Urban Renewal & Revitalization
  • Development Conditions, Exactions and Development Agreements
  • Brownfield Development
  • Conservation Law & Conservation Easements
  • Green Building Construction
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Governmental Land Use Approvals
  • Green Leasing