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Earth Week

Earth Week and the end of the semester are upon us! I am not going to write about the huge amount of work I need to get done, or the stress of the finals looming over each and every one of us. Instead I’m going to show you the VLS Earth Week schedule starting this evening with a Kick Off BBQ & Potluck. Enjoy!

April 20th – Hydraulic Fracturing Panel
The panel will specifically address the strategies local governments have employed using land use law and non-government organizations to defend public interest. Panelists include: Michael Kenneally, Associate Counsel at Association of Towns of the State of New York and Connie Mather, representing neighbors United for the Finger Lakes. Hosted and sponsored by the Environmental Law Society and the Fresh Water Working Group.

April 20th – Film Showing: Earth Days
Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement—from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s and the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s bestseller, Silent Spring, to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration and the subsequent firestorm of political action.

April 21st – Holi
Holi is the celebration of the advent of Spring in India. The celebration consists of tossing brightly colored powder into the air and onto friends and family.

April 22nd – Earth Day Speaker – David Mears
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is pleased to welcome David Mears ’91, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as the 2011 Earth Day special guest speaker. Mears returned early this year from his Fulbright Scholarship at Sun Yat-Sen University in China, where he was developing environmental clinical programs to strengthen enforcement of China’s anti-pollution laws. Prior to leaving for China, Mears was the director of Vermont Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC). On Earth Day, April 22nd, Commissioner Mears will share with VLS his perspective on the roles VLS students can play in creating a cleaner world for ourselves and future generations. This event is free and open to the public.

April 22nd-Trash Pick-Up Contest
Trashion Show 8:00 PM; Crossroads Bar & Grill
The Environmental Law Society presents the Trashion Show, a VLS tradition allowing our extremely talented students to showcase their ability to transform found items (sometimes referred to as trash) into garments worthy of any high fashion runway.

April 23rd – EEE Community Day of Action
Teams of volunteers from Vermont Law School and the surrounding community will work together to promote energy efficiency through direct action and increased awareness. These trained teams of volunteers will go door-to-door, visiting homes and offering to exchange less efficient incandescent light bulbs for CFLs. Additionally, tenants and homeowners will be asked to fill out short questionnaires that will be used to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the project. The Energy Efficiency Exchange – Community Day of Action is sponsored by the Student Bar Association (SBA), Campus Greening Committee (CGC), Environmental Law Society (ELS), Dartmouth Energy Collaborative (DEC), COVER Home Repair, EPA Region I and Efficiency Vermont.

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