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Genevieve Byrne

Assistant Professor
Staff Attorney, Farm & Energy Initiative
Institute for Energy and the Environment
Environmental Law Center

JD, Lewis and Clark College of Law

Certificate of Natural Resources Law


Genevieve Byrne


Genevieve Byrne is an assistant professor and staff attorney for the Farm and Energy Initiative in the Institute for Energy and the Environment at VLGS. Genevieve holds a JD from Lewis and Clark College of Law in Portland, Ore., where she also received a Certificate in Natural Resources Law. Her experience includes American Farmland Trust, where she worked on agricultural land conservation and legislative research, and the Vermont Office of Legislative Council, where she focused on energy legislation. She has spent the last five years in public interest environmental litigation, representing citizen and nonprofit plaintiffs in suits related to nuclear and solar energy permitting and regulation.



"A Guide to Solar Energy in Vermont's Working Landscape," Policies for Multi-functional Solar in Vermont, February 2021.


“Sustainable Development of Biogas,” American Agricultural Law Association Annual Agricultural Law Educational Symposium (November 14, 2020)

"The Farm and Energy Initiative: A New Law and Policy Resource," Food Law Lunch Break Series, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School (October 2020)

Panelist, "Home Rule and the Environment: Exploring how municipalities address environmental policy gaps including farmland solar policy and pipeline routing," West Virginia University Law Review’s Home Rule Symposium, February 26-27, 2020.