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Honoring Dr. Kevin B. Jones

February 2, 2024

Members of the VLGS Community and Friends:

With deep sadness, I share the tragic news that Dr. Kevin B. Jones, beloved professor and director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment, passed away unexpectedly earlier this week.

Seeking solutions to Vermont's, America's, and the world's energy and environmental policy challenges was the focus of Kevin's career. Before joining VLGS in 2010, he was at the center of the electric power industry transformation in the Northeast as the director of power market policy for the Long Island Power Authority and as the director of energy policy for the City of New York.

Kevin's professional accolades were extraordinary, but above all else, he was devoted to his students and their success. Kevin was a passionate and positive leader who spent countless hours educating the next generation of clean energy experts. From launching VLGS's Energy Clinic to establishing the Global Sustainability Field Study course to take students to Cuba, Kevin sought ways to provide unique learning opportunities.

From their first day on campus through their alumni journey, Kevin never left a Swan behind. His tireless efforts led myriad students to secure their dream jobs—a feat they attribute to Kevin's ardent support.

His legacy will carry on through the many students he guided and mentored, as well as all of us who were lucky enough to call him a colleague and friend. As we rally around one another during this difficult time, I encourage you to keep Kevin's family in your thoughts.

Please visit the links below to submit a tribute, view photos, and find additional resources. As details become available, this page will also be updated with information related to a memorial service.

Rod Smolla
President, Vermont Law and Graduate School

On Thursday, February 15, the VLGS community gathered to honor Kevin's legacy. To view the recording, please click here. Additionally, VLGS plans to host a celebration of Kevin's life on Friday, June 28, 2024. Details are forthcoming.


Kevin Jones Students
In honor of Kevin’s contributions to VLGS and the energy community, we invite you to submit and/or view tribute messages.
Kevin Jones Group
Look back at some of our favorite memories with Kevin. If you have photos to add, please send them to
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There are a variety of ways for members of the VLGS community—both near and far—to access mental health resources for support.