As the leading environmental law school in the United States, Vermont Law School recognizes that affecting positive environmental change on a global scale begins at home. We understand that our top-ranked environmental programs are complemented and strengthened by our commitment to fostering a sustainable and green campus community. Our students, staff, and faculty strive every day to meet this standard by composting, carpooling, recycling, and striving to find and implement sustainable solutions to green issues facing the campus and the world at large.
Located on 13 acres beside the White River in the village of South Royalton, our campus facilities utilize modern technologies to minimize negative environmental impacts and unsustainable practices, including composting toilets to minimize water usage, super windows to maximize insulation, enthalpic energy wheels to control humidity and recycle exhaust heat, lighting solutions that use natural and energy efficient lighting for interior and exterior spaces.
Our most recent building, which houses The Center for Legal Services, is the 16th of 19 historic properties on campus that have been repurposed, and continues the Vermont Law tradition of undertaking award-winning historic preservation projects that are also models of energy efficiency.
Vermont Law School’s facilities are only one aspect of our green campus. In 2010 the school officially declared the campus grounds an established arboretum. Led by the school’s Arborist Society, the initiative has led to the identification, tagging and protection of numerous native tree species on our campus. Read more about the efforts to establish an arboretum. We are also an active member of the Vermont Fresh Network; the school is proud to serve local food, much of it certified organic, in its café and at catered events.
Our Campus Greening Committee (CGC) is made up of engaged students, staff and faculty dedicated to furthering environmentally sustainable practices and policies on campus and throughout the community. The committee has worked with the community to strengthen Vermont Law School’s commitment to conserving energy, reducing waste, encouraging public transport, and preserving natural resources. Some of the programs the CGC has successfully implemented include the following: