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Optimizing Government Project

Federal Preemption

Using a challenge to a local green building code, based on a claimed conflict with federal energy efficiency laws, this module provides a basis for teaching about preemption generally, as well as more specifically about building codes, climate change regulation, and the appropriate level of government to address different societal problems. These materials were prepared by Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Shana Starobin, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Government, Bowdoin College.

Applicable Courses: Property, Real Estate, Climate Law and Policy, Environmental Law, Local Government, Planning, Constitutional Law

Materials:

  • Case study: Cary Coglianese and Shana Starobin, AlbuquerqueGreen: Regulating Climate Change at the Local Level
  • Teaching Guide: Cary Coglianese and Shana Starobin, A Teaching Guide to State and Local Climate Regulation
  • PowerPoint presentation: Cary Coglianese and Shana Starobin, AlbuquerqueGreen: Regulating Climate Change at the Local Level
  • Videos