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Vermont Law Receives Two Green Building Awards

November 25, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 25, 2013

Peter Glenshaw, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School
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SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt.—Vermont Law School’s Center for Legal Services has been awarded a Going Green Award and a People’s Choice Award by the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN), which is the Vermont chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Going Green Award is given each year to commercial and residential buildings that meet the highest standards of energy performance, at least 50 percent below the regional average for energy use. Winners of this year’s statewide competition were announced at the VGBN Vermont’s Greenest Awards Gala earlier this month in Burlington, Vermont. The winner of the People’s Choice Award is selected each year by Gala attendees. Winners are inspirational, model green buildings that set the standard for beauty, comfort, and efficiency, establishing a new benchmark for environmentally responsible building in Vermont. Winners, says VGBN Board of Directors member Jennifer Chiodo, “help us understand what is achievable in reducing consumption while maintaining comfort and creating beautiful spaces.”

The Center for Legal Services is living proof that historic buildings can be rehabilitated and renovated to meet and exceed energy efficiency standards. The much-loved Freck Department store at 190 Chelsea Street in South Royalton was badly deteriorated. Built in 1894 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the South Royalton Historic District, the Center is now home to the South Royalton Legal Clinic, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, and non-profit, student-run Barrister's Bookshop. The renovation and new addition, designed by the Burlington firm TruexCullins, recognizes the significant historic features of the former building—including pressed tin siding, window and door trim, and storefront windows with transoms. The Center uses only 36,000BTU/SF per year, around one-third of a typical commercial building in New England, and is Efficiency Vermont Core Performance Certified.

Vermont Law School is a leader in green building.  Several buildings on the Vermont Law School campus have received awards in previous years, including:

  • Debevoise Hall, the centerpiece of the campus, is a fully restored and renovated 1893 schoolhouse, and winner of a 2006 Efficiency VT Award for Energy Efficient Commercial New Construction. The building received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • The James L. and Evelena S. Oakes Hall is a modern classroom building that has been recognized for outstanding environmental design by the American Consulting Engineers Council; the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in Pollution Prevention; the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association; the Boston Society of Architects; and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.
The entire Vermont Law School campus is also very green, with facilities such as composting toilets, super windows for better insulation, enthalpic energy wheels to control humidity and recycle exhaust heat, and lighting solutions that incorporate natural and energy efficient lighting of interior and exterior spaces to minimize negative environmental impacts. In addition, the Vermont Law Campus Greening Committee works with the community to conserve energy, reduce waste, encourage use of public transportation, and preserve natural resources through education, recycling efforts, composting programs, and transportation initiatives.



Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees — LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit

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