​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Read below about some of the latest scholarships and impacts made by VLS community members.

  • ​​Patrick Parenteau​​ testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on "Examining the Federal Regulatory System to Improve Accountability, Transparency and Integrity," in Washington, DC on June 10, 2015.​​

  • Craig Pease's article,  "Melting Ice and Civilization​" appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, May-June 2015.​​​

  • Janet Milne's book, Energy Tax Incentives: The United States Perspectives, is scheduled to be published by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (Amsterdam), forthcoming in 2015.

  • Janet Milne's article, "Storms Ahead: Climate Change Adaption Calls for Resilient Funding," appears in Volume 39, Book 4 of Vermont Law Review​, Summer 2015.

  • John Echeverria's​ article, "The Cost of Koontz," appears in Volume 39, Book 3 of Vermont Law Review​, Spring 2015.

  • Patrick Parenteau​ testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife on S. 1140, a bill to amend the Clean Water Act, in Washington, DC on May 19, 2015.

  • Rebecca Purdom presented in the Center for Law and Biosciences Lunch Talk Series, where she discussed her experiences as a lawyer in a basic science lab, at Stanford Law School on May 19, 2015.

  • Janet Milne's article, "Taxations Troubling Toxicity," (co-authored with Jack Miller '13), appears in the Onati Socio-Legal Series, No. 1, 162-205 (2015). The article made SSRN's Top Ten list in two categories on May 3, 2015.

  • Kevin Jones, Dan Nugent, JD/MELP '15, Sylvia Bartel, JD’15, Jonathan Hart, MERL ’14, and Achyut Sherestha, MERL’14  recently published the article “The Urban Microgrid:  Smart Legal and Regulatory Policies to Support Electric Grid Resiliency and Climate Mitigation" in the Fall 2014 Symposium "Proceedings on Smart Law for Smart Cities:  Regulation and the Transformation of Urban Technology," Fordham Urban Law Journal.

  • Melissa Scanlan​'s chapter, "Sustainable Sewage," in​ IUCNAEL Colloquium 2014, Edward Elgar Publishing, is forthcoming 2015.  

  • ​Tracy Bach milne montshire.jpgwas the U.S. Embassy in Qatar's 2015 Earth Day speaker.  In a program presented at the Embassy's "American Corner" located in Qatar University's main library, Professor Bach spoke on the topic of "What Does Climate Change Mean for Qatar?"  In ​addition to her presentation, she served as a judge for an essay competition which received more than two dozen entries about Earth Day in Qatar.  Profe​ssor Bach is a visiting professor at Qatar University College of Law this semester and a research fellow at QU's Center for Energy and Sustainability Law.​

  • Patrick Parenteau​ participated in the podcast, "The Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States Rule​," presented by The Federalist Society, on April 22, 2015.

  • Janet Milne testified (by invitation) before the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, discussing "Carbon Taxes: International Experiences" on April 22, 2015.  Two carbon tax bills are currently pending in the Vermont legislature.  

  • Patrick Parenteau​ presented "The Clean Power Plan: Leagal and Moral Imperative for Action," at the 40th Annual Conference of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 14, 2015.

  • Jack Tuholske and VLS's Water and Justice Program are cited by U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur in a video​ forum on algae blooms in Lake Eerie, in April 2015.

  • Melissa Scanlan presented her paper "Blueprint for the Great Lakes Trail"​ on April 2nd, 2015 at the University of Michigan Law School.​

  • David Firestone presented "Fine Tuning with Professor Firestone," at a NYC area Vermont Law School Alumni event, hosted by VLS Trustee Bob Taisey, on April 23, 2015. Professor Firestone explored how to expand our environmental thinking to better account for people's economic needs.​​

  • Kevin Jones​ presented "Group Net Metering (GNM) and Community Solar" at the Community Solar Forum, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT on April 8, 2015. 

  • Craig Pease's article, "​Coal Mining: A Fly in the Ash" appears in the Science and the Law column, Environmental Law Forum, March-April 2015.​
  • Patrick Parenteau's article , "Between a Pebble and a Hard Place: Using §404(c) to Protect a National Treasure," appeared in the National Wetlands Newsletter​, Vol. 37, No. 2, March/April 2015.

  • Kevin Jones and Mindy Blank, consultant with the Sustainable Energy Policy Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France (MELP’13) recently published the article, “Electric Vehicle Charging:  Tariffs and Tradeoffs" in the March 2015 issue of Public Utilities Fortnightly.

  • Reed Loder​ gave a presentation to the Lewis and Clark LLM program: “The Ethics of Wolf Reintroduction: Toward Reconciling Environmental and Animal Law” on March 9, 2015.​

  • Patrick Parenteau's article (co-authored with Rachel Stevens, JD '13, LLM '15), "Settlement in Vermont Clean Water Case May Serve as Model for Managing New Discharges to Impaired Waters​," appears in the Environmental Law Prof Blog​ on March 8, 2015.

  • Betsy Baker was an invited panelist for a high-level Japan-U.S. Arctic Strategy Workshop. The invitation-only event was designed to advise representatives of the Japanese Presidency and Ministries on formulating Japan’s Arctic Strategy.  Japan is one of the newly elected “Observer” States to the Arctic Council. International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, March 5-6, 2015.

  • Janet Milnemilne montshire.jpg​ took part in the Energy Independent Vermont Educational Forum at the Montshire Museum in Norwich, Vermont, on March 5, 2015.  The public workshop, organized by a coalition of Vermont organizations, was designed to educate people about the “carbon pollution tax” bill that has been introduced in the Vermont House. Professor Milne’s presentation, Carbon Taxes 101, provided an introduction to carbon taxes and an overview of their use in other countries.

  • ​​​ Yanmei Lin's​ article, "Comparative Study on Comprehensive and Centralized Jurisdiction Model of Specialized Environmental Courts and Tribunals," will appear in the Journal of China University of Political Science and Law, Issue 1, 2015 (Forthcoming) .​

  • Yanmei Lin's​ article (co-authored with Xiaoxi Wang), "Environmental Public Interest Litigation Back to the Beginning in 2013," will appear in the  Annual Report on Environment Development of China (2014), Social Science Academic Press, May, 2014, 146, Brill Press 2015 (Forthcoming).

  • Patrick Parenteau's article, "The Pebble Mine Veto: Saving the Last Wild Salmon Runs," appears in the National Wetland Newsletter, March/April 2015.

  • Janet Milne gave a lecture on "Carbon Taxes: Dirty Words, Good Policy" at Yale Law School.  The event, hosted by the Yale Environmental Law Association, drew over 50 students on February 25, 2015.

  • ​Hillary Hoffmann's op-ed, "Utah's Public Lands Aren't About to Change Hands​" appeared in High Country News​ on February 23, 2015.

  • Patrick Parenteau is the lead author of "Climate Change in the Marine Environment," in Ocean and Coastal Law Policy, 2nd edition, ABA, February 2015.

  • Jamie Renner presented at the Miami School of Law's Inter-American Law Review Symposium, "Food Safety Modernization Act: The Future of Food Litigation," on February 6, 2015. Professor Renner spoke on the potential impacts of FSMA on small-scale farmers across the world who import food into the U.S.​

  • Betsy Baker  presented "Options for an Arctic Regional Seas Arrangement," at the Symposium on Arctic Governance at the University of California, Irvine School of Law on January 30-31, 2015.

  • Janet Milne​ is co-editor of two book manuscripts that were delivered in January to Edward Elgar for publication: Carbon Pricing: Design, Experiences and Issues (L. Kreiser et al. eds., forthcoming 2015) and ​Environmental Pricing: Studies in Policy Choices and Interactions (L. Kreiser et al. eds., forthcoming 2015). The two books contain selected, peer-reviewed papers that were delivered at the15th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in Copenhagen in September 2014, an event co-sponsored by the VLS Environmental Tax Policy Institute.  The books are Volumes XV and XVI respectively in the CRITICAL ISSUES IN ENVIRONMENTAL TAXATION series.  Prof. Milne has been a co-editor of the series since its inception.

  • Betsy Baker's chapter, "A Note on Arctic Information Platforms and International Law," appears in S. Lalonde and T.McDorman (eds), International Law and Politics of the Arctic Ocean, Essays in Honor of Donat Pharand, Brill January 2015, 434-445.

  • Janet Milne​ presented via videoconference a paper on "Energy Tax Incentives: The United States Perspective" at a two-day conference on Energy Taxation, Environmental Protection and State Aids: Tracing the Path from Divergence to Convergence organized by CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain on January 29, 2015.

  • Laurie Ristino ​ and VLS second year JD student Joseph Simpson co-authored "All Dried Up: Tensions Rise Over Water Shortage in California." The article was published online in January in EcoPerspectives, a blog hosted by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (VJEL).

  • Laurie Ristino ​ presented at the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum's 25th Anniversary Symposium "Carrots & Sticks: Moving the U.S. National Food System Toward a Sustainable Future" on January 23, 2015. There, Director Ristino spoke on on the role of distribution and the food movement. ​

  • Betsy Baker  ​presented "Do We Need an Arctic Ocean Science Coordinating Agreement?" at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska on January 19, 2015.

  • William Schulte​ presented "Public Interest Litigation Under the United States Clean Air Act," at the 19th Annual U.S.-China Legal Exchange organized by United States Department of Commerce and China's Ministry of Commerce, Beijing and Wuhan, China on January 13 and 15, 2015.
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  • Laurie Ristino presented on "Climate Change and Food Security" at the Agriculture and Food Law section's panel during the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on January 3, 2015.

  • Laura Murphy and Pat Parenteau​ wrote an amicus brief in an important Clean Water Act case pending in the Second Circuit (Catskills Trout Unlimited v EPA). The brief was filed on behalf of a group of environmental law professors and two of the original authors of the CWA—Leon Billings and Tom Jorling.

  • ​​Betsy Baker​ served as moderator for "Maritime Border Threats? Canadian, Mexican and U.S. Maritime Cooperation on Drugs, Terror and the Environment​" Association of American Law Schools 2015 Annual Meeting​, January 3, 2015, Washington, DC.

  • Yanmei Lin's​ article (co-authored with Yue Chen), "China’s New National Rules on Wetland Protection," appeared in the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law E-Journal, Issue 5: 2014, 117

  • Yanmei Lin's article (co-authored with Jiaru Hou), "US Lessons and Experiences for China," appeared in the Journal of Ocean University of China (Social Sciences Edition), Issue 1: 2014, 86.

  • In late December, Edward Elgar Publishing released the paperback edition of the Handbook of Research on Environmental Taxation, previously published in hardback in 2012.  Professor Janet Milne​ is the book’s lead editor. Edward Elgar determined that the book’s record warranted release in a paperback edition that will reach substantially beyond the library market.  The book provides an interdisciplinary, international assessment of the state-of-the-art of research on environmental taxation. ​

  • Betsy Baker's​​ ​book chapter, ​"Assessing Assessments of NAFTA’s Marine Environment:  The Commission for Environmental Cooperation meets the World Ocean Assessment," will appear in: Hoi Kong & Kinvin Wroth (eds.), NAFTA and Sustainable Development: History, Experience, and Prospects for Reform, Cambridge University Press 2015, 343-366 (expected Spring 2015).

  • Betsy Baker's​ book chapter, "Inter-linkages in International Law: The Convention on Biological Diversity as a Model for Linking Territory, Environment and Indigenous Rights in the Marine Arctic," will appear in: S. Ali and R. Pincus (eds.), Diplomacy on Ice, Yale University Press, 2015, 41-60​.

  • Melissa Scanlan's article, "​Blueprint for the Great Lakes Trail​," is published by the Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law, 2015.

  • ​​Janet Milne​ presented "Adaptation: Market Sector Responses," at Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth​, William &  Mary Law School, Williamsburg, Virginia, December 5, 2014. Professor Milne spoke about the role of environmentally related taxes in funding climate change adaptation.
     
  • Kinvin Wroth​  appeared before the Legislative Committee on Judicial Rules to make a presentation on pending amendments to the Vermont Rules for Family Proceedings, the Vermont Rules for Public Access to Court Records, the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Vermont Rules of Probate Procedure, on December 2, 2014.

  • ​​Kevin Jones served as a panelist on "Smart Grid and Climate Mitigation: Savings and Emission Reductions," National Summit on Smart Grid and Climate Change, Washington, DC, December 2, 2014.

  • William Schulte's​ article (co-authored with Ashlee Stetser, JD '15), "On the Path to Sustainable Development: An Assessment of Cambodia’s Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Law," appeared in Cambodia Law and Policy Journal, Volume 3, December 2014.

  • With support from the Lintilhac Foundation, the VLS Environmental Tax Policy Institute sponsored two public sessions on Conservation Easements and the IRS: What Does “In Perpetuity” Mean?  The panels took place at VLS (November 17) and the Montpelier Capitol Plaza (November 18).   The featured speaker was Karin Gross, Supervisory Attorney from the IRS’s Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C., which currently is handling over 100 conservation easement cases.  Professor Janet Milne moderated the sessions and Professor John Echeverria​ was also involved in organizing the events.

  • Laurie Beyranevand's​ book chapter, "Agricultural Biotechnology and NAFTA: Analyzing the Impacts of U.S. and Canadian Policies on Mexico’s Environment and Agriculture"  in NAFTA and Sustainable Development: History, Experience, and Prospects for Reform, published by the Cambridge University Press, is forthcoming June 2015.
     
  • Craig Pease’s column on UARG v. EPA entitled "A Critique of Impure Reason" is in press for the Nov/Dec issue of the Environmental Forum

  • Hillary Hoffmann's article, "Demand Management and Livestock Grazing in the Great Basin: an Integrated Approach to Resource Management in an Era of Armed Conflict over Grazing on Federal Lands," will be published in George Washington University Law School's Journal of Energy and Environmental Law in the Spring of 2015. 

  • Hillary Hoffmann's blog post, "What Shell's Ninth Circuit Loss Means for Preemptive Lawsuits Under the APA," appears on the Environmental Law Prof Blog​, November 15, 2014.

  • ​Laurie Beyranevand​ presented "The New Foodralism" at The Yale Food Systems Symposium, New Haven, CT, on November 14, 2014.

  • Betsy Baker​ presented ​"The International Legal Framework for Oil Pollution and Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response in the Bering Strait," for WWF Workshop on Oil Spill Prevention and Response: Working across U.S.-Russian Boundaries for Arctic Stewardship, November 12, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska​.

  •  Kevin Jones presented on "The Future of Distributed Generation" at the University of San Diego's 6th Annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium, San Diego, CA, on November 7, 2014. 

  • Michael Dworkin and Kevin Jones were featured speakers at the 1st Annual Alumni in Energy SymposiumSmart Grid, Electric Power Regulation & Legal Issues, Washington, DC, on November 6, 2014. At this event, Patrick Parenteau​ presented "Overview of EPA's Clean Power Plan."

  • Kevin Jones attended the Energy Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting & Conference, Washington, DC, on November 4-5, 2014.

  • James Gustave "Gus" Speth's new memoir, Angels by the River​, is now available on amazon.com or through publisher Chelsea ​Green's online bookstore, November 2014. From the publisher:
    "In Angels by the River, James Gustave “Gus” Speth recounts his unlikely path from a souther​​n boyhood through his years as one of the nation’s most influential mainstream environmentalists and eventually to the system-​changing activism that shapes his current work. Born and raised in an lovely but racially divided town Speth explores how the civil rights movement and the South’s agrarian roots shaped his later work in the heyday of the environmental movement.​"

  • Janet Milne is a principal researcher on a two-year project organized by the Instituto University de Estuidios Europeos in Madrid, Spain, and funded by the European Commission—“Energy Taxation and State Aid Control: Looking for Better Coordination and Efficiency.”  The project involves about 30 European professors from ten European institutions.  Professor Milne will provide comparative US perspectives.  Professor Milne participated via Skype​ at the first organizational meeting among the ten principal researchers, on October 29, 2014.

  • Melissa Scanlan presented “Redesigning Urban Wastewater Treatment for Net Energy Production” at the 20th annual International Conference for the Society of Human Ecology, Bar Harbour, ME, on October 25th, 2014.

  • Patrick Parenteau presented, "What Would Leopold Say? The Future of Conservation in the Anthropocene" at the XX International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology, Ecological Responsibility and Human Imagination: Saving the Past - Shaping the Future​, Bar Harbor, Maine, on October 25, 2014.

  • ​Laurie Beyranevand​ attended the inaugural UCLA/Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Conference, entitled Transparency in the Global Food System: What Information and to What Ends?, on October 24-25, 2014.

  • Hillary Hoffmann served as a panelist on "Lost in Transmission: Energy Waste" at the annual Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Symposium, Cradle to Cradle: The Elimination of Waste​, Vermont Law School, on October 24, 2014.

  • Jamie Renner attended the Vermont Farm-to-Plate Network Annual Gathering, Killington, VT, on October 23-24, 2014.
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  • James Gustave "Gus" Speth​ gave a reading fro​m his memoir, "Angels by the River," at the Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT, on October 22, 2014.

  • Janet Milne was a speaker at the Renewable Energy Vermont conference in Burlington, VT on October 17, 2014. Her presentation on carbon taxes provided an overview of other countries’ use of carbon taxes and explored issues relevant to the design of a carbon tax in Vermont. 

  • Kinvin Wroth and James Gustave "Gus" Speth hosted a visit to VLS by Professor Peter Brown of the McGill School of Law, coordinator of the Economics for the Anthropocene  Program; three other members of the Program team; and two UVM graduate students for a presentation on the Program and a discussion of the role of VLS in it, on October 16-17, 2014.

  • Siu Tip Lam​ presented "Environmental Governance in China" following a live webcast with former President Jimmy Carter, at the Champlain College China Town Hall, Burlington, VT, on October 16, 2014. 

  • Betsy Baker co-presented (with Barry Zellen) "Alaska's Role in the Development of the Arctic North," at the Alaska Law Review Symposium, ​​​Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers, University of Alaska, Anchorage, on October 16, 2014.

  • Reed Loder​'s article, "Toward Reconciling Environmental and Animal Ethics: Northeast Wolf Reintroduction​,” appears in the Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law, vol. 10 (2014).​

  • Reed Loder participated in a small group meeting of invited ethicists across disciplines on the future of policy and professional ethics, Association of Practical and Professional Ethics, at Harvard University, October 10, 2014.

  • Kevin Jones and VLS JD graduates Owen McClain, Shannon Clarke, Graham Jesmer (2013) , and Jim Cunningham (2014) authored the chapter, "The Future of Electric Power Transmission,” in Energy Choices: How to Power the Future, Edited by Robin Morris Collin, Praeger, October 2014. ​

  • Several VLS faculty participated in the 5th Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship at Vermont Law School, October 3-5, 20​15​:
  • Hillary Hoffmann's blog post, "Federal District Court Upholds Obama Administration's Grand Canyon Uranium Mining Withdrawal," appears on the Environmental Law Prof Blog​, October 2, 2014.

  • VLS’s Environmental Tax Policy Institute co-sponsored the 15th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 24-26, 2014.  Under the leadership of Denmark’s Aarhus University, the conference focused on environmental taxation and emissions trading in an era of climate change and attracted over 190 participants from 33 countries.  Keynote speakers included people in lead positions at the European Environment Agency, IMF, European Commission, World Trade Organization and IPCC.  Participants from law, economics, political science, government, NGOs and the private sector delivered 100 papers.  Professor Janet Milne, Director of the Environmental Tax Policy Institute:​
    • ​​​Delivered a paper exploring the role of environmentally related taxes in funding climate change adaptation, Storms Ahead: Adaptation Calls for Resilient Funding;
    • Chaired the plenary session on Climate Change and the Trade Debate; and
    • ​Chaired a parallel session on Managing Fossil Fuels.
    • Professor Milne is a member of the three-person Steering Committee for the conference series and was a member of the International Steering Committee for the Copenhagen conference.  ​
  • ​​​ John Echeverria served as a panelist on "Life After Koontz?" at the 17th Annual Conference on Litigation Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations​, UC Davis School of Law, Davis, CA, on September 19, 2014.

  • Kevin Jones's op-ed, "Wrong About Energy Credits​," appeared in The Rutland Herald, September 18, 2014. 

  • Benjamin Sovacool's article (with Sara Imperiale, Alex Gilbert, Jay Eidsness, and Brian Thomspon), "Troubled Waters: The Quest for Electricity in Water-Constrained Ch​ina, France, India, and the United States​​," was published in New York University Environmental Law Journal 21 (3), Fall 2014.

  • Jack Tuholske's​​ article (with Mark Foster), "Solving Transboundary Pollution Disputes Locally: Success in the Crown of the Continent," was published in the University of Oregon Law Review, Fall 2014.

  • James Gustave "Gus" Speth's article, "An Environmentalist's Story​," was published in The Environmental Forum, Sept./Oct. 2014.

  • Sean Nolon's article, "Development Negotiation Post-Koontz: What's a Board to Do?" was published in West's Zoning and Planning Law Report, September 2014.  

     
  • Melissa Scanlan's​​ paper,​ "Food and Virtual Water in the Great Lakes States," was was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on September 21, 2014 for:
    • AARN: Nutrition & Food (Topic)
    • AARN: Politics & Water Use (Sub-Topic)
    • Anthropology of Agriculture & Nutrition eJournal
    • Food Law & Policy eJournal
    • Natural Resources Law & Policy eJournal
    • PSN: Water (Topic)
    • SRPN: Food Production (Topic)
    • SRPN: Politics of Food (Topic)
    • SRPN: Water Supply (Topic), and 
    • Water Sustainability eJournal​

  • Hillary Hoffmann's article, "Fracking Near Indian Country: Tribal Sovereignty, the Federal Trust Relationship, and the Beneficial Use of Produced Water," (with Heather Whitney, LLM ’04) will be published in the Yale Journal of Regulation in the fall of 2014.

  • Reed Loder's​ article, "Toward Reconciling Environmental and Animal Ethics: Northeast Wolf Reintroduction," appears in 10 Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law 95-164 (2014).

  • John Echeverria's article, "Koontz: The Very Worst takings Decision Ever?,”  will be published in the New York University Environmental Law Review, forthcoming.

  • Patrick Parenteau​ participated as a speaker on two panels, "Dead Zones, Hypoxia and Nutrient Loading: Is Pollution Trading the Answer?" and "ObamaAir: Greenhouse Gases, Clean Coal, Pollution Trading and Carbon Caps" at the Society for Environmental Journalists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, September 3-7, 2014.

  • Steven Dycus's​ book (co-authored with William C. Banks), Soldiers in the Streets: America’s Military at Home in the 21st Century, is scheduled for publication by Harvard University Press in late 2015.

  • Stephen Dycus co- authored (with William C. Banks, Peter Raven Hansen, and Stephen Vladeck) ​2014-2015 Supplement for National Security Law (Fifth Edition) and Counterterrorism Law (Second Edition)​, published by New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2014. A sixth edition of National Security Law and a third edition of Counterterrorism Law are under contract for publication in 2016. 

  • Melissa Scanlan's​​ paper,​ "Adaptive Trading: Experimenting with Unlikely Partners," was was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on September 4, 2014 for:
    • Natural Resources Law & Policy eJournal​
    • Food Industry eJournal
    • PSN: Environment (Topic)
    • Pollution eJournal
    • SRPN: Farming & Agriculture (Topic)
    • SRPN: Water Pollution (Pollution) (Topic)
    • SRPN: Water Pollution (Water) (Topic), and 
    • Water Sustainability eJournal​​
  • ​​Betsy Baker​ ​presented "A Regional Seas Agreement for the Arctic Ocean?" to the ​K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, University of Tromsø, September 2, 2014, Tromsø, Norway.

  • Yanmei Lin presented “Comparative Study on Comprehensive and Centralized Jurisdiction Model of Specialized Environmental Courts and Tribunals,” at the Environmental Judiciary Forum organized by China’s Supreme People’s Court and Wuxi Intermediate People’s Court in Wuxi, China on July 26, 2014​.

  • Laurie Beyranevand​ was an invited scholar at the Summer Academy in Global Food Law and Policy where she presented "The Impact of FSMA on the Global Food Supply," in Bilbao, Spain, July 21-25, 2014.

  • Melissa Scanlan presented "Turning Urban Sewage into Renewable Energy," on the Waste and Energy Sources Panel at the 12th annual colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Tarragona, Spain, July 3, 2014.

  • Yanmei Lin's article (co-authored with Canfa Wang), "Improve and Perfect China’s Government Environmental Information Disclosure System," appeared in Administration Reform, Issue 6: 2014, July, 2014.

  • ​In June 2014, Jonathan Blansfield JD'14 and Professor Kevin Jones contributed a chapter in the new book Distributed Generation and Its Implications for the Utility Industry published by Academic Press.  In their chapter, titled, “Industry Response to Revenue Erosion from Solar PVs,” they analyzed three case studies from California, Arizona and Vermont that represented diverse response to the rapid growth of distributed solar generation.

  • Melissa Scanlan's​​ article,​ co-authored with Jenny Kehl, "Food and Virtual Water in the Great Lakes States​," appears in 63 DePaul Law Review 771 (Spring 2014).

  • Janet Milne's article, "The Disclosure Debates: Introduction," appears in Volume 38 of Vermont Law Review​, Spring 2014.

  • Sean Nolon's article, "Bargaining for Development Post-Koontz: How the Supreme Court Invaded Local Government" was recently accepted by the Florida Law Review. The article also and made the top ten download list for:
    • ​eJournals for Real Estate
    • ​State and Local Government
  • Betsy Baker served on the panel "Comparison of Current Regulatory and Liability Regimes in Arctic Coastal States" in the research workshop Arctic Oil/Gas Drilling: Lessons from the Past and Implications for the Future, in recognition of the 4th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, on April 25, 2014.

  • ​​​ Tracy Bach has completed two articles to be published in the next month: Protecting Human Health and Stewarding the Environment: An Essay Exploring Values in U.S. Environmental Protection Law, 3 MICH. J. ENVT'L & ADMIN. L. __ (2014) and Better Living Through Chemicals (Regulation)?: The Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) Through an Environmental Public Health Law Lens, 15 VT. J. ENVIRO. L. __ (2014).

  • Hillary Hoffmann presented "The Real Public Lands Standoff in Nevada: Unsustainable Livestock Grazing and Climate Change" at the New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Woodstock, VT , on April 25, 2014.

  • Richard Brooks and Melissa Scanlan co-authored the book review of, "Environmental Protection in Multi-Layered Systems: Comparative Lessons from the Water Sector," edited by Mariachiara Alberton and Francesco Palermo, in Publius: The Journal of Federalism, April 2014.

  • Christopher Ahlers', LLM '13 article, "Presidential Authority Over EPA Rulemaking Under the Clean Air Act," was published in Environmental Law Review, Volume 44, Issue 1 (Lewis & Clark Law School), on April 12, 2014. ​

  • Laurie Beyranevand gave a presentation entitled "Food Labeling for Health Care Professionals" at the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Annual Meeting, on April 11, 2014.
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  • Jack Tuholske served as a speaker on "Implementing Constitutional Environmental Rights in North America," at Global Environmental Constitutionalism, Widener University School of Law, Delaware Campus, on April 11, 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan taught a course on the Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine for the University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Land Use Planning and Zoning series, on April 9, 2014.
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  • Jackie Gardina presented on "Environmental Obligation and Enforcement" at the National Association of Environmental Professionals 39th Annual Conference, Changing Tides and Shifting Sands, on April 8, 2014.
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  • Laurie Ristino's article, co-authored with Katie Hannon Michel '15, "Carbon Trading in the United States" was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on April 8, 2014 for:
    • ERN: Microeconometric Models of Carbon Markets (Topic)
    • Econometric Modeling: Microeconometric Models of the Environment eJournal
    • Pollution eJournal
    • SRPN: Air Pollution (Topic)
    • SRPN: Carbon Trading (Politics) (Topic)
    • SRPN: Leadership and Sustainability (Topic)​

       

  • James Gustav Speth presented "40 Years of the Environmental Movement in 20 Minutes" at the Coker College Earth Day Festival, on April 5, 2014.
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  • Betsy Baker presented "Shaping Arctic Policy from DC to Alaska: The U.S. Continental Shelf and Offshore Oil and Gas Regulation in America's High North," as part of the Spring 2014 Faculty Speaker Series at Vermont Law School, April 3, 2014.

  • Yanmei Lin presented  “Provincial Legislation on Wetland Protection,” at the Workshop on Wetland Ecosystem Management, in Kunming, China on April 1, 2014.

  • Laurie Beyranevand '03 was appointed to serve on the Food and Drug Law Institute's Academic Programs Committee for a three year term beginning in April 2014. The Academic Programs Committee advises FDLI staff in formulating and implementing policies and strategies consistent with FDLI's mission, relating to programs and publications of interest to the academic legal community. The Committee discusses various programs, publications, pricing, dissemination vehicles, etc. that best facilitate expanding FDLI's educational mission.
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  • Several VLS served as panelists at the 2014 Solutions Conference: Eco-Equity at Vermont Law School, on March 28, 2014:
  • Peter Bradford served as a panelist on "Nuclear Energy's Past," at the Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium, The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy, Dartmouth College, on March 28, 2014.
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  • Betsy Baker co-authored (with James Kraska) the policy brief, "Emerging Arctic Security Challenges," published by The Center for a New American Security, on March 26, 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan presented "Key Challenges to Lawyering for the Sustainable City" at Lawyering for the Sustainable City, Northeastern University School of Law, on March 21, 2014.
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  • Laurie Ristino's book chapter, "Carbon Trading in the United States," (co-authored with Katherine Hannon Michel), will appear in The Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming).
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  • Hillary Hoffmann served as a panelist on "Climate Change Planning," at the 2014 J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium, The Role of Planning in Federal Land Management, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC, on March 13, 2014.
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  • Betsy Baker's article, "Marine Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Better Use of Science Information" was published by Berkeley's Law of the Sea Institute (LOSI) in the print volume "Securing the Ocean for the Next Generation" Papers from the Law of the Sea Institute, UC Berkeley-Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology Conference, held in Seoul, Korea, May 2012, LOSI Press 2014.
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  • Patrick Parenteau gave a keynote address on, "The 29th Day: How Millennials will Save Civilization from Runaway Climate Change" at the 32nd Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), Running Into Running Out, University of Oregon School of Law, February 28, 2014.
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  • Laurie Ristino's op-ed piece, "Changing Coalitions and the 2014 Farm Bill," appeared in Jurist on February 27, 2014.
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  • John Echeverria presented at the NH Municipal Lawyers Association, Update on Takings and Exactions, on February 26, 2014. His PowerPoint presentation is available to view.
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  • Laurie Beyranevand '03 delivered a lecture regarding the implications of U.S. laws and policies addressing food to the Health Law Society and Masters of Public Health students at Drexel University, February 24, 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan's article, "Shifting Sands: A Meta-theory for Public Access and Private Property Along the Coast," is published as the Lead Article, 65 South Carolina Law Review 295, Winter 2013. The article examines divergent approaches to public access to beaches across the United States, demonstrates how legal theory influences substantive public and private rights, and discusses takings considerations on beaches.
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  • Patrick Parenteau authored "The Carbon Bubble," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, February 24, 2014.
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  • Betsy Baker presented "Who 'Owns' the North Pole and Who Decides? Science, Politics, and Continental Shelf 'Claims'" at Dartmouth College, on February 20, 2014.
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  • Mark Cooper, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Energy and the Environment, contributed the guest article, "Why the Economics Don't Favor Nuclear Power in America," Forbes.com, February 20, 2014.
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  • Patrick Parenteau's article, "Go Back, It's a Trap! On the Perils of Geologic Sequestration of CO2," was listed on SSRN's Top 10 download list on February 19, 2014 for:
    • SRPN: Coal (Topic)​

  • Betsy Baker presented at the Seattle University School of Law "Arctic Encounter" workshop about sovereignty and continental shelf issues in the Arctic, on February 8, 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan and Marc Mihaly both presented at "The Berkeley Exchan​ge: Celebrating Berkeley's Contribution to Environmental Law Scholarship​." Dean Mihaly gave the luncheon remarks, and Dean Scanlan was a panelist on "Environmental Law in an Interdisciplinary Context." The symposium took place in Berkeley, CA on February 7, 2014.
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  • Sean Nolon presented "Land Use Negotiation Post-Koontz: How the Supreme Court Invaded Local Government" at the Yale-Quinnipiac Dispute Resolution Workshop, January 31, 2014.
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  • John Echeverria and Janet Milne submitted testimony to the Vermont House Judiciary Committee developed in collaboration with Professor Nancy McLaughlin of SJ Quinney College of Law on pending easement amendment and termination legislation, on January 28, 2014.
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  • David Firestone co-authored (with F. Reed and VLS alum C. Stanton) Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers, 5th edition, 2014.
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  • Janet Milne co-edited (with L. Kreiser, S. Lee, K. Ueta, and H. Ashiabor) ​Environmental Taxation and Green Fiscal Reform: Theory and Impact, Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, Vol. XIV (Edward Elgar), forthcoming in 2014. In this book, Milne contributes the chapter, "Environmental Taxes and Fees: Wrestling with Theory."
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  • Betsy Baker and Roman Sidortsov co-authored "The Legal and Regulatory Regime for Offshore Hydrocarbon Resources in the U.S. Arctic," in the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, January 2014.
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  • Kinvin Wroth is joint editor (with Hoi Kong) of NAFTA and Sustainable Development: The History, Experience, and Prospects for Implementation, a collection of essays by American and Canadian scholars, accepted by Cambridge University Press for publication in spring 2014, subject to final peer review.
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  • Patrick Parenteau's book chapter, titled "Cities on Stilts: The Myth of Large Scale Climate Adaptation," will appear in Rethinking Sustainable Development to Meet the Climate Change Challenge (Environmental Law Institute), forthcoming in 2014.
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  • Patrick Parenteau's book chapter, titled "Climate Change and the Marine Environment," will appear in Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, 2nd ed. (ABA), forthcoming in 2014.
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  • Kevin Jones co-authored (with David Zappo '13) A Smarter, Greener Grid:  Forging Environmental Progress through Smart Energy Policies and Technologies (Praeger), forthcoming Spring 2014.
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  • Laurie Beyranevand '03 hosted "GMOs and Intellectual Property," as part of a Yale/VLS webinar series "Third Annual Policy Workshop Webinar Series: Frontiers in Food and Agriculture," on January 28, 2014.
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  • Tracy Bach's article, "Better Living Through Chemicals (Regulation)?," which was presented at the VLS Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship in October, will be published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, forthcoming Spring 2014.
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  • Tracy Bach's essay," Protecting Human Health and Stewarding the Environment," based on her presentation at the University of Michigan Law School's Environmental Protection and Human Health Symposium in September 2013, will be published in the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, forthcoming Spring 2014.

  • Benjamin Sovacool co-authored (with VLS graduates and IEE Fellows R. Sidortsov and B. Jones) Energy Security, Equality, and Justice (Routledge), forthcoming 2014.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool co-authored (with S.V. Valentine and M.A. Brown) Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: Fifteen Contentious Questions (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press), forthcoming 2015.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool co-edited (with Antoine Halff and J. Rozhon) Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford: Oxford University), forthcoming 2014.

  • Benjamin Sovacool and Michael Dworkin co-authored Global Energy Justice: Principles, Problems, and Practices (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming October 2014.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool edited Energy Security (London: Sage, Six Volumes), forthcoming 2014.
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  • Benjamin Sovacool edited Energy, Poverty, and Development (London: Routledge Critical Concepts in Development Studies Series, Four Volumes), forthcoming 2014.
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  • Janet Milne's article, "Environmental Taxes and Fees: Wrestling with Theory" has been accepted for publication in Environmental Taxation and Green Fiscal Reform: Theory and Impact, Vol. XIV of Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation, forthcoming September 2014. The article reflects theories and analysis she presented as a keynote speaker at the 14th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in Kyoto, Japan, in October 2013.
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  • Sean Nolon's article, "Using Distance Learning to Teach Environmental Problem Solving Skills and Theory," will be published in Oregon Law School's Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, forthcoming spring 2014. 
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  • Melissa Scanlan's invited symposium publication, "Adaptive Management and Water Quality Trading: Experimenting with Unlikely Partners," Kansas L. Rev., is forthcoming Summer 2014.
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  • Melissa Scanlan's invited symposium publication, co-authored with Kehl, "Virtual Water and Food Exports in the Great Lakes Region," 63 DePaul L. Rev 3, is forthcoming Spring 2014.
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  • Laurie Ristino's article, "Back to the New: Millennials and the Sustainable Food Movement," was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download lists on January 13, 2014 for:
    • Food Law & Policy eJournal Top Ten
    • PSN: Social Movements (Topic) Top Ten
    • PSN: Sustainable Development (Topic) Top Ten
    • SRPN: Consumer Behavior Issues (Topic) Top Ten
    • SRPN: Food Production (Topic) Top Ten
    • SRPN: Politics of Food (Topic) Top Ten
    • Sustainability Law & Policy eJournal Top Ten.

     

  • Betsy Baker presented "What is it about the North Pole? States, Science, and the Continental Shelf," as panelist for a joint session of two sections: Admiralty and Maritime Law (AML), and North American Cooperation (NAC) at AALS on January 5, 2014.
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  • Sean Nolon's article, "Second Best Practices?: Addressing Mediation's Definitional Problems in Environmental Siting Disputes" was ranked #41 out of the 50 most downloaded articles on SSRN in 2013, searchable by the term "land use."
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  • John Echeverria's article, "Koontz: The Very Worst Takings Decision Ever?" was ranked #2 out of the 50 most downloaded articles on SSRN in 2013, searchable by the term "land use."
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  • Hillary Hoffmann served as a guest editor of the article "The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Silencing of Native American Worldviews," for the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Practice, January 2014.​