Consider electrification, and you’ll quickly understand the complexity of energy and the environment.
Access to reliable electricity correlates with good public health and economic success, yet nearly 25 percent of the world’s population lives without electricity. Another third has limited access. The 600 million of us who have abundant electricity keep finding ways to use more. It’s no wonder that demand for electricity is increasing at a staggering rate.
Energy generation and consumption, however, is also the world’s largest source of pollution and cause of environmental degradation. Energy policy has become the single most important influence on environmental protection. Conversely, efforts to protect and manage the environment pose the greatest constraint on energy.
Vermont Law School courses and clinics consider the relationship between energy and the environment in the context of its legal, scientific, commercial and human implications. Further expertise is gained through engagement with the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) on real world energy law and policy issues.
Modeled on a successful public policy consulting firm, and drawing on decades of widely esteemed professional experience, the IEE guides student research associates in client-focused projects exploring energy security and justice, barriers to the integration of renewable energy resources, how smart grid technologies can enhance both efficiency and expand the electrification of transportation, and how resource extraction impacts the Arctic.