Taking Stock: What Have Four Decades of Environmental Regulation Produced and Where do We Go from Here?

Patrick Parenteau, Professor, VT Law School

Friday, November 18, 2011, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act have been on the books for over forty years. What have they accomplished? What would the world be like if they  had never been passed? If they were subjected to a cost-benefit test would they pass? What have we learned from this experience? How have the laws changed over time? What have been some of the major innovations? What challenges are we facing now? What are the priorities for action in the coming decades?  These are the questions that will be discussed.

About the Speaker

Dr. Patrick Parenteau is Professor of Law and Senior Counsel in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) at Vermont Law School (VLS). He previously served as Director of the Environmental Law Center at VLS from 1993-1999; and was the founding director of the ENRLC in 2004. Professor Parenteau has an extensive background in environmental and natural resources law. His previous positions include Vice President for Conservation with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC (1976-1984); General Counsel to the New England Regional Office of the EPA in Boston (1984-1987); Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (1987-1989); and Senior Counsel with the Perkins Coie law firm in Portland, Oregon (1989-1993). Professor Parenteau is a nationally recognized expert on endangered species, wetlands, water quality, and environmental litigation. He has been involved in drafting, litigating, implementing, teaching, and writing about environmental law and policy for over 35 years. His current focus is on teaching, publishing, and litigation involving climate change. In 2005, Professor Parenteau received the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to wildlife conservation and environmental education. In 2009, he was a co-recipient of the River Advocacy Award from the Connecticut River Watershed Council. Professor Parenteau holds a B.S. from Regis University, a J.D. from Creighton University, and an LLM in Environmental Law from the George Washington University.