Environmental Law Program

ELP Colloquium Series: Celeste Hammond on GREENING Commercial Leases

On Monday, October 1, ELP featured Celeste Hammond, Professor and Director of the Center for Real Estate Law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. In ELP’s first colloquium series of the school year, Professor Hammond gave a presentation on the development of Green Leases to reflect the goals of both commercial landlords and tenants in supporting sustainability. Professor Hammond detailed the various ratings of LEED certification–platinum, gold, and silver and the categories for certification which include buildings, a company’s operations, or a tenant’s lease. Benefits of becoming LEED certified include valuable tax incentives and an increased marketability. On the other hand, the absence of a LEED appeals process and remedies for failed ratings are potential areas for LEED development. Professor Hammond also prepares JD candidates at the John Marshall Law School for the LEED certification test.

There was great attendance by law students and the UH community. On behalf of ELP, we would like to thank Professor Celeste Hammond for coming out to the law school and giving an informative presentation. Thanks also to ELP’s own Professor David Callies for inviting and introducing Professor Hammond.