As a founding member of the National Vacant Properties Campaign (www.vacantproperties.org) Professor Schilling facilitates strategic problem solving among federal, state and local officials, neighborhood groups, the housing industry, and community development practitioners to reclaim vacant properties and rebuild cities. He led the Campaign’s assessment studies in Buffalo (Blueprint Buffalo) and Youngstown, Ohio (Regenerating Youngstown and Mahoning County), and is currently working with local leaders in Syracuse, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.
In the 2008 autumn edition of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA), Schilling and his co-author Jonathan Logan set forth a new planning model for right sizing shrinking cities (Greening the Rust Belt). He has also authored an article for Kent State’s Urban Design Program on the Living Laboratory of Revitalization, a holistic approach for federal and state urban policy. Based on his field work, Schilling helped design pending federal legislation to assist communities with dwindling populations and mounting inventories of vacant properties (The Community Regeneration Sustainability and Innovations Act of 2009).
On the foreclosure front Schilling will be working this summer on a series of NSP case studies for the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Richmond as a visiting scholar for the Cleveland Bank. He also authored a thought provoking law review article on the role of code enforcement in community stabilization for the 2009 Albany Government Law Review. Within the past year he has presented the Campaign’s strategies for stabilizing communities at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s community advisory board (October 2008) and for the Atlanta Reserve Bank’s Community Impacts of Foreclosure Forum (June 2008). Schilling was a keynote speaker at the 2007 National Property Preservation Conference at the Mayflower Hotel in WDC addressing representatives from the lending and mortgage servicing industry on community driven vacant property reclamation.
Professor Schilling teaches Land Use Law and Policy, Brownfields Redevelopment, Community Involvement and Environmental Policy and Planning. Professor Schilling earned a Masters of Environmental Law from George Washington and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.