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Commercial Real Estate Transactions Group: Green and Sustainable Transactions Committee

Commercial Real Estate Transactions Group:
Green and Sustainable Transactions Committee

Who We Are

Green and sustainable real estate development, while once a trend or fringe concept, is now rapidly redefining real estate development practices in many areas of the United States. Green development includes: (1) Leasing (building or retrofitting LEED-certified buildings) (2) Local Entitlements & Incentives (towards more infill development)(3) Project development (integrating multimodal facilities (bike, pedestrian, or public transit) into planned developments) (4) Environmental compliance (redeveloping brownfields; mitigating environmental impacts) (5) Sharing Uses with Renewable Energy (rooftop or parking lot solar, agricultural windfarms). Green issues have the potential to impact just about every aspect of a project, including site selection and due diligence, financing, tax and other financial incentives, entitlements, design, construction, tenant build-out, leasing, maintenance and operations, statutory and other compliance, third-party sustainability certification, insurance, renewable energy and carbon credits, etc. These changing standards make it increasingly critical that attorneys who advise clients on their real estate transactions are well-informed on how green elements can impact project development, best practices but also the potential problems and pitfalls.

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Renewable Energy Financing Call-In Program

March 18, 2015
As an increasing number of property owners are approached by renewable energy developers, counsel for these owners should be aware of key standards in renewable energy transactions. What can be negotiated? And, what does not need to be negotiated away? Understanding renewable energy financing is one fundamental to such effective representation. This program will focus on key incentives and constraints in renewable energy financing.

Land Banking Practices in the US & Europe (Proposed CLE)

May 1, 2015
The panelists will explore the increasing use of land banking to finance and develop private and public projects. Our panelists will include private and public sector attorneys and consultants:

* What is land banking and how does it work in the US and Europe? Roles of government, private investors, attorneys, financial and environmental consultants

* Project types and examples: e.g., shopping centers, affordable housing, agriculture, public facilities and green spaces

* What might work for your project? Successful and not-so-successful approaches to date

Section Events

    Same-Sex Marriage and Estate Planning: Nope, It’s Not Over Yet!


    On June 26th, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the right of same-sex couples to marry is constitutionally protected and thus available on a nationwide basis. While the ruling provides some clarity, it also raises new questions. It brings new state property rights and ...

    2015 Skills Training for Estate Planners - Advanced Topics

    New York Law School
    New York

    Thank you for your interest in the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Skills Training for Estate Planners CLE Course. This email confirms your acceptance into the class and acknowledges receipt of your registration.The program will be held July 15-17, 2015 at the New York Law School, ...

    Live From Skill Training: Planning for the Probate Contest


    Although many estate planning arrangements are implemented without controversy, given family dynamics involved in such planning, drafting attorneys should be mindful of the possibility that family members will disagree. Those who are dissatisfied with an estate plan may resort to court proceedings. ...

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Modified by Adam Bielawski on March 25, 2015

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