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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Essential Items for Winter

There are quite a few items that I consider essential to life in Vermont. Even if you are only here in South Royalton for one year as a MELP, you really do have to spend some time preparing for all of the variables of life here. Being a student requires a whole set of essential […]

MELP Job Summit

Yesterday, many fellow MELPs and I attended a job summit offered by the Environmental Law Center and Career Services.  It was fascinating to hear education/professional experiences from alumni and gain tid-bits of information to put into my own folder of wisdom.  One of the biggest take-aways I gained from the summit was that I don’t […]

So Over It

Yes, I said it.  I am over it.  Over all of the snow and winter, that is.  We are supposed to get another storm tomorrow with an expected 6-10 inches of snow.  We just finally got to the point where the sidewalks were relatively clear and I didn’t have to hold my breath and pray […]

Finding a Balance

This semester has been pretty crazy so far, but one of the hardest things to do is to find a balance between classes and everything else going on in my life. Over the past couple weeks, I have been interning at the Vermont Natural Resources Council at the State House in Montpelier.  This experience has […]


I know I just wrote, but I had to post again about the Town Meeting panel held tonight at VLS about environmental justice. There were 6 panelists who each spoke for 5 minutes about some aspect of environmental justice. I loved the format — no one got up there and went on and on about […]

Pluggin’ along

Well, we’ve got this week and the next and then it’s spring break. I’m pretty excited to have a week to catch up with work and also take some time to go skiing. Somehow, no matter what I do, I never seem to get as much done over the weekends as I would like. Of […]

Oh yes, this is why I’m at VLS

Bill McKibben of came to VLS yesterday and gave a phenomenal lecture. Bill McKibben is a wonderful speaker and I would recommend hearing him speak if you ever have the chance. His talk was the perfect combination of in your face bad news and hopeful solutions and inspiration. My main interest is climate change mitigation, […]

Amazing, Simply Amazing

Tonight was the 7th Annual Norman Williams Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Planning and the Law with Bill McKibben. The talk was about “The Most Important Number in the World.” 350 ppm is, as scientists say, the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. McKibben spoke about the current state of climate science […]

Vermont is Weird…

Especially the weather.  We have had weeks of snow storms and temperatures in the teens.  Today, we had a high of 48 degrees and lots of sun.  Tonight, we have a low of 0 with a chance for a snow shower and a wind advisory.  I drove out to run some errands earlier and it […]

So cool

I just sat with a room full of interested students listening to three VLS professors talk about a case currently before the Supreme Court (also known as SCOTUS for Supreme Court of the US — an acronym you’ll get to know well here at VLS). The case is American Electric Power v. State of Connecticut, […]