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The LUSD Institute’s inaugural projects recognize that land use law provides a key means for addressing some of Long Island’s most pressing social and environmental concerns—including climate change and natural disaster resiliency; the creation of thriving urban centers and mainstreets; affordable housing for workers, seniors, youth, and others; and the preservation of our precious natural areas. LUSD’s current projects include:

Climate Change and Natural Disaster Resiliency

- Partnering with Touro Law Center’s Disaster Relief Clinic, LUSD is building a database of zoning and building code resources to support local governments in updating their zoning and building codes to make Long Island communities more resilient to natural disasters.

- LUSD is also working in partnership with Touro Law Center’s Disaster Relief Clinic to provide educational materials to and foster dialogue among planners, village and town officials, and others regarding concrete steps local governments can take to create a more resilient Long Island.