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Michael Cote
Adjunct Faculty

Michael E. Cote

Adjunct Faculty
New Economy Law Center

Curriculum Vitae

Michael E. Cote


Mr. Michael E. Cote is a Visiting Professor of Climate Change Adaptation at Vermont Law School where he teaches Climate Change Adaptation in Human Systems.

He is an international climate adaptation and resilience specialist focusing on developing and supporting laws and policies that encourage sustainable resilience outcomes in developed and developing country contexts. He specializes in assisting stakeholders integrate innovative adaptation options at the local, regional, and national levels.

Currently, Michael is based in Washington DC serving as Project Director of a U.S. Department of State/OES project called the Private Investment for Enhanced Resilience (PIER) project. PIER is a $5.4 million, 3-year (2017-2020) Cooperative Agreement with Winrock International supporting leading-edge climate adaptation investment and finance efforts in eight developing countries.

He is an editor for The International Journal of Climate Change, peer-reviewer for various climate journals, and served as an Expert Reviewer on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Working Group II.

Michael received a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) from VLS in 2010 and was the 2010 George Perkins Marsh Environmental Law Fellow. He also holds a Master's in Regional Planning from University of Massachusetts-Amherst.