Pat Parenteau, NELC Fellow, Reflects on 50 Years of Environmental Law — listen up

Listen to the Living on Earth interview: “1970 saw the birth of major environmental laws including the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Vermont Law School Professor Pat Parenteau and Host Steve Curwood reflect on the development of environmental law in the 50 years since: important successes like improved air and water quality throughout the nation, and major shortfalls like the lack of climate legislation. Finally, the pair look forward from today, considering the most prominent environmental challenges in the 21st century. (21:08)”

The Making Of A Democratic Economy- November 14th in Chase!

KellyLecture-email-600x600-10.1.18The New Economy Law Center presents “The Making of a Democratic Economy” with speaker Marjorie Kelly, Senior Fellow and Executive Vice President of The Democracy Collaborative. At a time when the nation is hungry for a positive vision for our economy – when 71 percent of Americans say they believe the economic system is rigged against them – Marjorie Kelly offers a compelling vision of the emerging alternative: a Democratic Economy, one tilted toward the common good. Kelly will explain how to build a Democratic Economy to meet the essential needs of all persons, to balance human consumption with the regenerative capacity of the earth, and to be responsive to the voices and concerns of ordinary people. Come learn about building shared prosperity aligned with environmental sustainability. Join us for a light reception before the lecture!

November 14, 2018 from 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM in the Jonathon B. Chase Center

Watch the video at:

Corporations Are People Too (And They Should Act Like It)


With an analysis sure to challenge the assumptions of both progressives and conservatives, Greenfield explores corporations’ claims to constitutional rights and the foundational conflicts about their obligations in society. He argues that a blanket opposition to corporate personhood is misguided, since it is consistent with both the purpose of corporations and the Constitution itself that corporations can claim rights at least some of the time. The problem with Citizens United is not that corporations have a right to speak, but for whom they speak. The solution is not to end corporate personhood but to require corporations to act more like citizens. Anyone interested in the role of corporations in our political system should come to this talk on the day Yale University Press releases his new book on this topic.

Co-Sponsored by the Business Law Society

Watch the archived live-stream footage here:


Zephyr Teachout speaks about Transforming Politics

With the upcoming midterms and so much energy put into politics, I thought it a good time to revisit the 4th talk in the Fall 2017 New Economy Law and Policy Forum. In it, Zephyr Teachout focuses on campaign finance and other reforms needed to transform politics in the US.  For more resources about campaign finance reform, please visit our associated web pages.

Running for Elected Office

This is the introductory panel of elected officials in our 3rd session in the Fall 2017 New Economy Law and Policy Forum on energizing democracy.  This all day workshop was a non-partisan free program to teach people how to run for elected office.  For more videos from the day and additional resources on running for office, please visit our associated web pages.

Frances Moore Lappe speaks about “From Ego-mind to Eco-Mind”

Gar Alperovitz talks about The New Economy and the Quietly Emerging Next System

New Economy Law and Policy Forum

People are demanding change: a change to our politics, a change to our environment, a change to our economy. This fall you and your students have the opportunity to interact with leaders in the field – such as Gus Speth, former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Frances Moore Lappe, Zephyr Teachout, Gar Alperovitz, and others – to discuss successful solutions to crafting the next steps in this country, and the greater world. I invite you to explore the four upcoming events this fall in our New Economy Law and Policy Forum at:

You may attend in person, or via livestream, for free.  So please join us however you can, encourage your students to attend, and share with your networks.

Panel Discusses “Environmental Advocacy Under a New Administration”

With Donald Trump now in the White House, environmentalists are left wondering how they can fight back against an administration hostile to climate action and environmental protection. Do we turn to the courts, or take to the streets, or both? Last month Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Society presented a panel discussion, “Environmental Advocacy Under a New Administration,” to talk about the current situation and potential strategies. Panelists included New Economy Law Center Fellow Patrick Parenteau and co-founder Gus Speth. See what they and other panelists had to say by watching the video of the event:

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Gus Speth Urges “New Environmentalism” in Presenting Columbia’s Annual Sive Lecture

New Economy Law Center co-founder Gus Speth, a longtime environmental “insider,” calls for a transformative new approach to environmentalism that works outside the current toxic political-economic system. On October 20, 2016 he delivered the annual David Sive Memorial Lecture on Environmental Law at Columbia Law School, arguing that system change is necessary because “environmental problems are rooted in defining features of the current political economy.” See link below for the full video of his talk.

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