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A Green School

As the leading environmental law school in the United States, Vermont Law School recognizes that effecting positive environmental change on a global scale begins at home. We understand that our top-ranked environmental programs are complemented and strengthened by our commitment to fostering a sustainable and green campus community. Our students, staff, and faculty walk the walk every day by composting, carpooling, recycling, and striving to find and implement sustainable solutions to green issues facing the campus and the world at large.

Our Green Campus

Located on 13 acres beside the White River in the village of South Royalton, our campus facilities utilize modern technologies to minimize negative environmental impacts and unsustainable practices. Green technologies in some of our facilities include:

  • Photo of Leed award.Composting toilets to minimize water usage
  • Super windows to maximize insulating properties
  • Enthalpic energy wheels control humidity and recycle exhaust heat
  • Lighting solutions that incorporate natural and energy efficient lighting of interior and exterior spaces

Learn more about the environmental features of Debevoise Hall, the LEED Certified hub of our campus, and Oakes Hall, our recently constructed, modern classroom facility.

Vermont Law School’s facilities are only one aspect of our green campus. In 2010 the school officially declared the campus grounds an established arboretum. Led by the school’s Arborist Society, the initiative has led to the identification, tagging and protection of numerous native tree species that dot the campus. Read more about the efforts to establish an arboretum on the VLS campus.

We are also an active member of the Vermont Fresh Network; the school is proud to serve local food, much of it certified organic, in its café and at catered events.

Our Green Community

Our Campus Greening Committee is made up of engaged students, staff and faculty dedicated to furthering environmentally sustainable practices and policies on campus and throughout the community. The committee has worked with the community to strengthen Vermont Law School’s commitment to conserving energy, reducing waste, encouraging public transport, and preserving natural resources. Some of the programs the Campus Greening Committee has successfully implemented include:

  • Recycling

    CGC joined efforts with the law school’s Buildings and Grounds crew to build several large, well-marked receptacles for easier recycling across campus. A Technotrash, or e-waste recycling program, has also been implemented.

  • Transportation

    Thanks to joined efforts with the VLS administration, the CGC initiated establishment of a commuter route between Montpelier and the law school using Stagecoach Transportation Services’s local shuttle bus. Additionally, the CGC also purchased the use of two Zipcars with the goal of providing a dynamic car sharing option for the campus community. These fuel efficient vehicles are used by students, staff and faculty who require a car to run errands or to simply get out and explore Vermont and beyond.

  • Composting

    In collaboration with local landscape designers and architects, the campus food management service, the law school’s Buildings and Grounds department, and Luna Bleu Farm, a 7-acre certified organic local farm in South Royalton, CGC established a composting program designed to deal with much of the waste generated on campus, including all cafeteria food waste.

  • Education

    CGC provides campus and local greening information in a reusable cloth tote bag to incoming students each fall and is a strong presence during the week-long Earth Day festivities each spring. Hands-on, creative activities have included smashing incandescent light bulbs to receive free energy efficient CFL light bulbs, blind taste testing bottled vs. tap water, and operating a bicycle-powered smoothie bar.