Christopher Ahlers


Christopher Ahlers is an Adjunct Professor who teaches Environmental Law in the school's Distance Learning program. As a former Staff Attorney in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, he has represented community groups and organizations in matters involving threats to public health and the environment. Prior to coming to Vermont Law School Professor Ahlers worked in private law firms, where he acquired experience in environmental due diligence investigations, environmental auditing, enforcement actions, CERCLA litigation, and brownfields redevelopment. He has expertise in air pollution, having taught a course in Air Pollution Law and Policy.

Professor Ahlers earned a BA in Government from Cornell University (Phi Beta Kappa), a JD from Boston College Law School, and an LLM, summa cum laude, from the Environmental LLM program at Vermont Law School in 2013. He is a member of the New York bar. He is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish, Latin, and Ancient Greek.




​​Questions and Answers on EPA’s Proposed RuleCarbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (unpublished version, June 2, 2014).
Diaz Intermediates: A Case Study on CERCLA "Operator" Liability for Corporate Officers, Damon Morey LLP, (co-author with John Kolaga), September 25, 2009.
EPA Issues Proposed Rule on Comprehensive Program for Regulation of Greenhouse Gases​, Environmental Law Alert, Damon Morey LLP, (co-author with John Kolaga), March 17, 2009.


​Presenter, "Environmental Constraints," Legal Essentials for Utility Executives, VLS Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont State House, Montpelier, Vermont, October 8, 2013. Presentation on regulation of air pollution, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, fracking, and environmental auditing. (Assisted by student Brett Dugan, '14).​

​Panelist, "Brownfields in Western New York," Marsh and the Buffalo Niag​ara Partnership, Buffalo, New York, April 4, 2007.​