About Sustainable Development

Goodwin Procter's Sustainable Development blog features news and resources to help professionals navigate the rapidly evolving green building and sustainable development sectors in today's real estate market, including information on:
  • Build America Bonds (BABs)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • climate change
  • infrastructure
  • LEED compliance
  • project financing
  • public-private partnerships
  • regulatory demands
  • renewable energy
  • Stimulus funds
  • sustainable financing
  • transit-oriented development
  • transportation initiatives
Please send your comments, ideas and suggestions for future topics to the editors at sustainabledevelopment@goodwinprocter.com.

About the Editors

Lewis Feldman
Lewis G. Feldman Partner/Los Angeles Office ChairLew Feldman is a member of Goodwin Procter's Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group. He serves as the Chair of Goodwin Procter's Los Angeles offices and heads the firm's Public/Private Development Practice. Mr. Feldman is considered to be among the nation's leading real estate and public finance attorneys, specializing in structuring, entitling and executing large-scale financings for real estate industry participants and the public sector.He is an active participant in many of the industry's most eminent associations and groups, including California's Coalition for Adequate School Housing, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute's Public-Private Partnership Council, University of Southern California's Lusk Center for Real Estate, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He is a founding member of the University of California, Los Angeles' Ziman Center for Real Estate and serves on the boards of the Milken Institute California Center Advisory Council and the Los Angeles County Housing Development Corporation.Lew works in the firm's Los Angeles office and can be reached by email or at (213) 426-2688.
Doug Praw
Douglas A. Praw PartnerDoug Praw is a member of Goodwin Procter's Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group. He has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate and public finance matters. His expertise in public finance projects includes public infrastructure, sustainable project financing, utilities, multifamily housing projects, single-family master-planned communities and industrial projects. He has provided counsel to various sectors of the real estate industry, including developers, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, underwriters and municipalities and special districts and other governmental agencies in the States of California, Nevada and New Mexico.He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles, National Association of Bond Lawyers and the International Council of Shopping Centers.Doug works in the firm';s Los Angeles office and can be reached by email or at (213) 426-2664.
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New Concepts in Clean Technology

Thumbnail for 1306 The term “clean technology” can be used to describe a wide range of infrastructural development, such as clean energy, advanced transportation, manufacturing water technology, sustainable materials and waste recycling. According to a study conducted by The Brookings Institution, California is reportedly leading in the green job sector. Efforts involving clean technology have sprouted across the […]

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Updated Plan on LACMA Building Structure

Thumbnail for 1308 Famed Swiss architect Peter Zumthor wasted little time in adapting his original plans for the redesign of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to address the concerns of critics. After scientists from the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits expressed apprehension over Zumthor’s original plans — released last year, due to […]

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California Drought

Thumbnail for 1310 California faces a great challenge: drought.  Reservoirs across the state are at a historic low.  Wildfires have increased significantly.  Home foundations are cracking because of dried soil.  And even the State’s pistachio crop is suffering, leading to increased prices for consumers.  With the difficulties mounting, California’s Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency this […]

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Los Angeles’ Walkable Urbanism

Thumbnail for 1312 A recent report ranked Los Angeles’ walkability among the thirty largest U.S. metropolitan areas.  Washington D.C., New York, and Boston topped the list, while Los Angeles landed in the middle of the pack.  Though presently ranked only 18th, Los Angeles’ walkability shows great potential.  The report, published by Smart Growth America and George Washington University, forecasts Los […]

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Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium Goes Green

Thumbnail for 1314 With ribbon-cutting ceremonies scheduled for July 17th, Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium is rapidly approaching its grand unveiling. More than two years in the making, the 1.85 million square foot stadium will be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and will host Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Given its location in the heart of […]

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New Measures Under California’s Uniform Limited Liability Company Act May Complicate …

Thumbnail for 1316 On January 1, 2014, The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (popularly known as RULLCA; Cal. Corp. Code §§17701.01-17713.13) went into effect. RULLCA, a modified version of the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act first promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners in 2006, was intended to bring California’s Limited Liability Company laws more […]

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Sacramento Kings Acquire Shopping Plaza in Preparation for Stadium Development

Thumbnail for 1318 In connection with the development of a new downtown arena, the Sacramento Kings announced recently that the team had agreed to purchase the Sacramento Downtown Plaza mall, a 14 acre development occupying 6 city blocks near the proposed arena site.  The purchase facilitates the development of a 1.5 million square-foot mixed-use space which will connect […]

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New York’s New Housing Marketplace Plan

Thumbnail for 1322 Launched in 2003, by the Bloomberg administration, the New Housing Marketplace Plan set a goal for the creation and preservation of 165,000 units of affordable housing by 2014.  According to a new report, through 2013, the City has succeeded in creating or preserving 160,000 such units at a total cost of $23.6 billion – the […]

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Hollywood Community Plan rejected

Thumbnail for 1324 On December 11, Judge Goodman issued a 41-page ruling claiming the zoning blueprints for the Hollywood Community Plan are “fatally flawed” and should be repealed. Causing a serious setback to the City’s development and growth plans, Goodman said city leaders failed to comply with state environmental law when they approved the project in June 2012. […]

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St. Louis commits to transit-oriented development projects

Thumbnail for 1334 Earlier this month, St. Louis Mayor, Francis Slay, announced that St. Louis’ Affordable Housing Commission would dedicate $1 million to fund transit oriented development (TOD) in St. Louis.  In making this commitment, St. Louis joins a growing number of cities across the country committed to developing transit oriented communities. St. Louis defines eligible locations for […]

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USGBC-NCC Launches Building Health Initiative

Thumbnail for 1336 The U.S. Green Building Council-Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC), part of the organization responsible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rankings, recently launched the Building Health Initiative. The Initiative, which is consists of 27 prominent corporations including, Adobe, CalPERS, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and salesforce.com, seeks to address the topic of green building from a […]

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2013 Livable Communities Study Released

Thumbnail for 1338 On October 18, the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) and UCLA professor, Paul Habibi, released the 2013 Livable Communities Report: A Call to Action. The report picks up from Habibi’s 2012 analysis, Building Livable Communities: Enhancing Economic Competitiveness in Los Angeles in which Habibi concludes Angelenos are generally unable to afford to live close to […]

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AB 440: What does it all mean?

Thumbnail for 1340 Governor Jerry Brown passes bill that renews the Polanco Redevelopment Act* to give local government the ability to clean up and develop sites that suffer from environmental contamination. Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 440 (Gatto), a bill authorizing local agencies to exercise the Polanco environmental remediation powers previously enjoyed by […]

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