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Earth Week(s) at Vermont Law

Tuesday, April 16 - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Vermont Law School

At the No. 1 environmental law school in the nation, we put aside two weeks to celebrate Earth Day. Here is a listing of the events taking place:

Tuesday, April 15:
Solar and Pedal Power
All day
Chase Breezeway
Stop by to ride on the bike blender to make your own delcious, berry smoothie. $2 suggested donation; $1 if you bring your own cup. Also on display is the VLS solar panel metering data; check out the energy taking place from our campus solar panels. Brought to you by the Campus Greening Committee.

Tour of the Clivus Multrum Composter
Bottom floor, Oakes Hall
How do our composting toilets work? What does it look like at the end of the tunnel? Take a guided tour of our composting system - and no, it doesn't smell! Brought to you by the Campus Greening Committee.

Wednesday, April 16:
Gray Wolf Panel
5:oopm - 7:00pm
Chase Center
Please join the Animal Law Society for a compelling panel discussion on the legal, scientific, and political issues surrounding the removal of the Gray Wolf from the endangered species list. Click here for full details.

Thursday, April 17:
Perspectives in Environmental Law Panel
Chase Center
Hear from students on various environmental law issues. Panelists include Annika Kolasa, Ashley Welsch, BJ Schulte, Bridget Woebe, and Matthew Yorzinski.
Free sandwich lunch provided. Brought to you by the Environmental Law Society.

Special Ag-tivity
Debevoise back lawn
Join the Food and Agriculture Law Society for a special ag-tivity on the back lawn.

Friday, April 18:
"Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management: Definitions, Practices, and Outcomes for the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils" 
211 Oakes Hall
Ingrid Biedron, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, will discuss stakeholder perception of the New England and Mid-Atlantic regional fishery management councils' practice of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM).  Ingrid will summarize the results of 1000+ responses to mail surveys sent to stakeholders about EBFM.  These survey results may be useful for identifying opportunities to improve mutual understanding between New England and Mid-Atlantic Council members and stakeholders about EBFM.
Free pizza lunch provided. Brought to you by the Ocean and Coastal Law Society.

Saturday, April 19:
Lobster Trap Clean-Up
9:00am - 11:00am
Sea Point Beach, Kittery, Maine
Join the Ocean and Coastal Law Society for the annual Lobster Trap Clean-Up with the Kittery Conservation Committee (KCC). Carpooling available; please plan to meet on the SoRo Green at 6:30am. We will meet the Kittery folk in the parking lot of Sea Point Beach at 9:00am. The KCC will have a tractor and ATV with a trailer to carry the traps across the beach. The town will provide trailers and a truck to carry the traps and debris away. For more information, please contact Emily Migliaccio at

Spring White River Clean-Up
11:00am - 3:00pm
Along the White River
The Vermont Law School Environmental Law Society's Freshwater Working Group and Phi Alpha Delta- Arthur Chapter would like to invite you to the annual Spring White River Cleanup. Meet at the Eaton House parking lot (next to the Institute for Energy and the Environment building). The White River Alliance will be there with gloves and bags for garbage and recycling. Please consider coming out to help keep our river clean. Special thanks to VLS Building & Grounds crew and the White River Alliance for their assistance in our annual Earth Week River Cleanup. For more information, contact Jordan Haddad at

Monday, April 21:
Water Watch: Current Student Perspectives on Water Law
Chase Center
The Freshwater Working Group of the Environmental Law Society invites you to celebrate Earth Week by joining us for lunch next Monday afternoon while attending an informative and thought-provoking panel discussion regarding current student perspectives on water law. Lunch will be served. Presentations include:
Emily Remmel: The Thirsty Elephant In the Room: Texas' Floundering Attempt to Secure Freshwater Resources
Ariel Solaski: Aquifers of Long Island, New York
Jerome Holt: Water "Law": An Ideological Perspective on Water and its Role in Society
Caitlin Stanton: CWA Citizen Enforcement, Potomac River Case Study
Kevin Brooker: Herick Hollow Creek Restoration (PCB/Superfund Cleanup in New York)
Elizabeth Carter: CAFO Impacts on Water Resources

Tuesday, April 22 - EARTH DAY:
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
Chase Center
Captain Paul Watson is returning to campus for a presentation and discussion on "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet," a documentary on the environmental movement.

Wednesday, April 23:
The Lorax
Chase Center
Please join us for the annual performance of Dr. Suess' "The Lorax," by the 5th Grade class of Sharon Elementary School. This performance is free and open to the public. Brought to you by the Environmental Education Group.

Sharkwater Screening
VLS Student Center (1st floor of Career Services building)
The Environmental and Animal Law Societies are screening Sharkwater, a documentary that debunks myths and stereotypes about sharks, and exposes the exploitation of the world's shark populations.