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October 26, 2011

Oregon Law alumnus Chuck Wolfe: ‘Lawyers and Planners: The Future of Sustainable Cities’

Earlier this month, University of Oregon School of Law alumnus Chuck Wolfe ’84 presented his lecture, “Lawyers and Planners: The Future of Sustainable Cities.” Wolfe presented on behalf of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and concentrated on the integration of law, planning and sustainable cities.

Wolfe is a Seattle-based attorney where he specialized in environmental and land use law and related regulatory counseling. He also serves as an affiliate professor at the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington.

“Lawyers are more than hired-gun advocates. In both client and community work, they can be creative strategists in eliminating barriers to sustainable development practices,” said Wolfe in the introduction to his lecture. Wolfe touched on a variety of subjects that had the underlying message that there is a connection between law, planning and sustainability.

Wolfe discussed public v. private property and urbanism. He also spoke about the virtue of perspective and the importance of knowing that the world is constantly changing, but it may not be changing fast enough. In addition to the lecture, Wolfe gave advice to his audience. He emphasized the value of knowing fundamentals and principles. Wolfe also advised that in his field, one should always be tolerant, humble, and civil amid conflicting interests.

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