March 2011

Life is short, and I’ve been thinking a lot more lately about self-betterment. While there are many family oriented things I plan and hope to do and many professional goals I hope to attain, I thought I’d share my personal self-betterment to-do list, in no particular order:

(1) Keep learning to play the Guitar (moving beyond simple cords).

(2) Learn to understand the game of cricket. I’m starting with this article.

(3) Learn Chinese.

(4) Travel to every continent.

(5) Become fluent in Spanish again, if even only for a few months.

(6) Maybe eventually get my PhD.

(7) Go to cooking school.

(8) Take an 8-12 month leave to work on a political campaign.

(9) Write a popular press book.

(10) Attend a Winter Olympic Games.

(11) See as many National Parks as possible.

(12) Travel to the last 2 American states that I haven’t been to…Hawaii and New Mexico.

(13) Backpack/Train Europe…with the kids.

I’m sure I’ll add more, but this seems like a good start.


There has been a re-launch of the Environmental Law Professors Blog at the Law Professors Blog Network courtesy of Brigham Daniels (BYU), Blake Hudson (Stetson), Lesley McAllister (San Diego), and

Hannah Wiseman (Tulsa). You can access the blog at:

“A new air pollution permit issued by state regulators for the coal-fired plant near downtown Milwaukee doesn’t go far enough to protect public health, environmental groups said Thursday as they filed challenges to the permit.” See here.

In their commentary, “Time to Try Carbon Labelling,” Michael P. Vandenbergh, Thomas Dietz, and Paul C. Stern argue that “a global private carbon-labeling scheme for consumer products could fill the climate-policy gap by influencing the behavior of consumers and corporate supply chains.” See

The U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law (“China Program”) at Vermont Law School invites applications for a two-year graduate fellowship starting in August 2011. The fellowship combines the opportunity to obtain an LLM in Environmental Law from one of the leading environmental law programs in the nation with the opportunity to gain practical international environmental law experience on a variety of policy coordination, research, and educational outreach projects. The fellowship includes a full tuition waiver and a stipend of $35,000 per year.  More details here.

UPDATE: Application Deadline Extended to May 1, 2011.

Yes, I am friends and neighbors with the Eat More Kale guy, and I do endorse his hand-printed organic cotton T-shirts.  Interested in learning how he does it?  Learn here in Screen Printin’ 101:

And if you liked 101, you’ll really like Screen Printin’ 102.

Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and Environment is pleased to announce the fifth white paper in its series "Implementing the Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines" in Canada, Greenland, Russia and the United States. The series examines how Arctic Ocean coastal states’ regulations reflect guidelines produced by the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group for offshore oil and gas activity.

White Paper No. 5 covers the offshore hydrocarbon regulatory systems in Greenland and the Russian Federation. The paper provides an overview of:

Legal System and Permitting Processes

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

Indigenous Participation in Decision-Making

Operating Practices

for both Greenland and the Russian Federation.

White Papers 1-4 on the United States and Canada, working drafts from last fall, address permitting processes, environmental assessment (over the life of a project), indigenous participation in decision-making and operating practices.

The papers and further information can be downloaded here.

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