NEW YORK STATE
REAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION
GREEN REAL ESTATE COMMITTEE
July 1, 2009
The Green Real Estate Committee has been established to educate members of the Real Property Law Section, the New York State Bar Association and the public in general as to the
emerging field of Green Real Estate. There
has been a growing recognition in the Real Estate Industry that “Green
Construction” has a benefit not only to the environment, but to the marketing of property, the prestige of a building
to future owners and tenants,
resale value and also
on reducing operating
Construction is being encouraged by federal and state
governments by the use of tax credits and local governments are considering ways to encourage or mandate “Green Construction” for new construction
refurbishment or expansion of existing buildings.
It is the goal of this Committee
to educate its membership as to the definition and types
of Green Construction, potential deficiencies in local regulation of Green Construction and related issues. The Committee also recognizes that with the onset of Green Building
legislation, there will undoubtedly be “Green Litigation.” Such litigation may arise when a contractor has failed
to comply with Green construction
standards resulting in an owner not being entitled to tax credits or when an architect, mechanical engineer or other design professional has not designed a
building to the correct Green standards. There
is also the potential for a prospective tenant or owner who has purchased a home or signed a lease based upon the prospect of residing in a
Green Building to sue for failure to deliver a Green
these ends, the general goals of the Committee
are as follows:
1. To educate the Bar regarding current and prospective
developments of interest in the area
of Green Real Estate;
2. To monitor
3. To prepare reports, forms and proposed legislation on areas of interest for presentation to the Committee and the Real Property Law Section generally;
4. To coordinate with other groups, mostly those comprised
of lawyers, for education or towards other common goals;
5. To communicate the activities
the Committee to this Section and the Bar Association and to communicate the activities
Property Law Section
the Bar Association to the Members
of the Committee;
6. To provide continuing legal education
courses and credit
for Committee members and all interested
members of the Bar; and
7. To educate the public.
the Real Property Law Section
are welcome to join the Committee.
Committee has two (2) Co-Chairs.
The Committee meets at least twice a year at the time of the Section’s
Annual Meeting and its Summer Meeting.
from the Co-Chairs, the Committee may meet at other
times as circumstances warrant, either in person,
conference call, via video conference call or via webinar.
To the best of its ability, the Committee will take minutes of its meeting,
summarizing the discussions
made available to and discussed by
the Committee members at such meeting.
At this time, the Committee has not established subcommittees,
but is anticipated
that as the Committee’s membership
grows, subcommittees will be established
as necessary. The Committee notes that presently
it identifies the need to establish a subcommittee with respect to
(a) LEED Accreditation for professionals, including
attorneys; (b) reporting
on “Green Real Estate” legislation at the federal, state and local level; and (c) identification of Green Building projects of substantial interest.
It is also the intent of the Committee to review and modify its Mission Statement at the time of each Annual Meeting to ensure that the goals of this Committee and the interest of its memberships are being served.
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis