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Vermont Law School, EPA Expand Outreach to Minority Students

November 24, 2009

MOU broadens the conversation on environmentalism

Group photo from the signing.

Vermont Law School and U.S. EPA officials gather for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. Included in the photo are, from left, seated, Doug Costle, former Dean of Vermont Law School and former Administrator of the U.S. EPA; Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. EPA; standing, Marc Mihaly, Associate Dean of the Environmental Law Program at Vermont Law School; and Geoffrey B. Shields, President and Dean of Vermont Law School.

WASHINGTON - Vermont Law School (VLS) President and Dean Geoffrey B. Shields and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to increase outreach to minority and underserved communities. The MOU facilitates the flow of information between EPA and minority communities and furthers the teaching of environmental issues at VLS.

"Vermont Law School and the EPA are devoted to developing environmental leaders within the country's minority communities," said Dean Shields. "There will be a great synergy for this joint effort."

As part of the MOU signed with EPA, Vermont Law School has agreed to employ distance learning technology to give a wider range of students from minority academic institutions access to its environmental law program.

"To end the disproportionate environmental, health and economic burdens on underserved communities, we must expand the conversation on environmentalism and invite new leaders into this movement," said Administrator Jackson. "The actions behind this MOU will allow EPA to give a voice to communities that haven't had a voice in the past, and empower them to act on our nation's most pressing environmental issues. Fostering more diversity and inclusion throughout EPA will allow us to better serve the broad environmental and health needs of all Americans."

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