Institute for Energy and the Environment

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 a national and world energy policy resource with an advanced energy law and policy curriculum focused on the energy policy of the future. The institute serves as a center for graduate research on energy issues with an environmental awareness and maintains a vibrant student-staffed energy clinic, which works on legal and business models for community energy development. 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. Our unique year-round Energy Clinic works on the cutting edge of renewable energy development; one early result of our work VLS is powered by over 50% local solar energy. Explore our latest newsletter and learn more about what we are working on today.

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.

VLS Institute for Energy and the Environment Staff Photo 2018

The IEE faculty and staff team: Ben Jervey, Christa Shute, Jeannie Oliver, Mark James, Sue Folger, and Kevin Jones. At the IEE we focus on the energy policy of the future. Please join us. (Photo: Karen Henderson)


Spring 2018 IEE Team


The IEE Research and Energy Clinic teams finished up a busy spring semester working on the important issues of clean transportation, sustainable energy, climate justice and data privacy. Our students created a policy roadmap to help cities and towns become EV-ready; advanced community solar by developing models to help shape state policy to benefit lower income populations; expanded community solar outreach across New England and beyond; and tackled issues arising from increased access to energy data.(Photo credit: Tony Mendez)

Learn more about what we do and how you can come join us and shape the energy policy of the future.


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