Energy and the environment go hand in hand. An enormous proportion of the earth’s environmental issues arise out of the use of energy. If you care about the environment, energy policy is the single most important influence; and if you care about energy, environmental externalities are the most important constraint. The discussion covers a wide spectrum of disciplines—including law, science, engineering, finance, public policy and economics. We hope that masters and law graduates of the institute’s energy program will continue their rigorous research, analysis and advocacy well after their time with us in South Royalton, making an impact felt throughout the century.
The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) is modeled on the fundamentals of a successful public policy consulting firm. We select our research associates from top students in the energy and environmental programs at Vermont Law School—an institution with a longstanding reputation for advancing environmental law and policy. The IEE's focus is on the energy policy of the future. Our unique year-round Energy Clinic works on the cutting edge of renewable energy development and as one early result of our work VLS is powered by over 50% local solar energy.
As you explore our portion of the Vermont Law School website, please bear in mind how energy policy is increasingly driven by the imperative of preserving our environment, and how dramatic increases in society’s demand for energy have had environmental effects. Please reflect on the role of law and policy in balancing the competing interests of energy use and environmental quality. Could the institute help you, your organization, or your enterprise? Think about the skills and knowledge that the graduates of the IEE team can bring to you as an employer. Most of all, keep in mind that as energy consumers, the actions we take today will create tomorrow’s reality.