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Colin Hagan '12 Named Switzer Environmental Fellow

September 7, 2011

Vermont Law School student Colin Hagan '12 has been selected as a Switzer Environmental Fellow by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation.Image of wind mills

This year, the Switzer Foundation awarded 20 fellowships for emerging environmental leaders who are pursuing graduate degrees and are dedicated to positive environmental change in their careers.

Hagan is completing his law degree at Vermont Law School, where he is an editor of the Vermont Law Review, a member of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Team and a Research Associate at the Institute for Energy and the Environment.

He has spent the better part of a decade working to reduce the environmental consequences of domestic energy production. After graduating from Furman University in South Carolina, he received a Compton Mentor Fellowship, through which he helped successfully prevent the construction of a conventional coal fired power plant and published a grassroots guide to local climate impacts in the state.

Hagan later helped to advance federal climate and energy policies as a Federal Policy Associate at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. He represented the organization before Congress, helped organize congressional briefings and draft legislation and authored numerous articles about the potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in the Southeast. He also helped lead the organization's response to the Tennessee Valley Authority's 2008 coal ash spill.

While at VLS, he has worked on Clean Air Act litigation as a Summer Law Clerk with the Clean Air Task Force in Boston, Mass., and researched constitutional issues related to federal environmental policy as a Research Assistant for the Environmental Tax Policy Institute at VLS.

At the Institute for Energy and the Environment, Hagan researches privacy concerns related to smart grid deployment for a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, liability regimes for carbon capture and sequestration projects, and integrating renewable energy into the electric grid in collaboration with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2011, he was selected to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel's Summer Honors Program, where he works in the Air and Radiation Law Office.


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