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water treatment system that uses recycled
water to flush toilets.
The law school's Green Team - made
up of students, staff and faculty who
encourage sustainability - helped during
the building's design.
Electric vehicle charging stations are
available, as is bicycle storage. About 60
percent of the school's food purchases and
catering are local and organic.
3. Harvard Law School
at Vermont Law School in South Royalton,
Vt. The Environmental Law Center is
housed in Debevoise Hall, an 1892 building that once served as the town's K-12
school but is now LEED Silver certified.
The revamped building still features original blackboards and furniture made by local
It also has a composting toilet system,
which uses just 14 gallons of water per day
and has become a conversation starter for
"Many of our students love to tell outsiders about the composting toilets," said
and classes to special programs in which
students and faculty work together on
issues of climate change, sustainable agriculture, water, environmental taxation,
land use and energy. Clinics include the
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Clinic, the Energy Clinic and the Food and
Agriculture Clinic. A summer session at the
Environmental Law Clinic is open to both
degree and non-degree students.
5. University of Florida
Students at Harvard Law School in
Student members of the Sustainability
Cambridge, Mass., are surrounded by
Committee at University of Florida Levin
buildings with LEED certiCollege of Law in Gainesville,
fication. The university as a
Fla., evaluated the entire law
whole has more LEED certischool campus, considering
fied buildings than any other
things such as where recyinstitution of higher education
cling bins and printers were
in the world, according to the
located; the types of faucets,
U.S. Green Building Council.
soap and paper towel dispensThe university also has
ers that were used; the use of
managed to meet its goal of
automatic lighting; and posreducing greenhouse gas emissibilities for promoting more
sions by 30 percent since
sustainable practices in reno2006.
vation, said professor Alyson
The law school's Green
Craig Flournoy, former director
Living Program, which began
of the Environmental and Land
in 2005, promotes sustainUse Law Program.
able living in residence halls
The sustainability audit
and throughout the campus,
resulted in so many positive
said spokeswoman Michelle At tHe HeArt of the Vermont Law School campus is Debevoise Hall.
responses and such strong
the 125-year-old building was renovated to incorporate sustainable
student engagement that the
"Green living representa- initiatives, and it houses the environmental Law Center and the
administration decided to purtives connect with their peers environmental and Natural resources Law Clinic.
sue enhanced sustainability on
about energy and water conan ongoing basis, Flournoy
servation and waste reduction
through activities, educational campaigns Maryellen Apelquist, director of communiA composting program has been implecations. "They have even woven them into mented in restrooms for paper towels, and
and competitions," Deakin said.
Sustainability programs provide a way speeches during commencement - with a there are plans for the program to expand to
for first-year law students to meet their mixture of amusement and pride."
accept organic waste such as coffee grounds
Oakes Hall, the law school's main class- and banana peels.
classmates. For example, they can compete
in a Green Cup Challenge, which Deakin room building, provides heating and lightSomewhat exotic experiential learning
said is "designed to teach or share a sustain- ing only on demand, and it has a solar array opportunities are also available. Students
ability tip that can be easily incorporated and car-charging stations nearby.
may participate in a study abroad program
Most food at the campus cafe is local- in Costa Rica, where they join young lawinto the student's everyday life on campus
ly sourced and organic, and food scraps yers and others from Latin America and
Car- and bike-sharing options, access to are donated to local farmers. The Campus the Caribbean to learn about law, policy
mass transit, and electric vehicle charging Greening Committee's Waste Diversion and professional practice associated with
stations are all part of the campus experi- Subcommittee developed a plan to improve tropical conservation and sustainable develrecycling and food scrap collection. It is opment. A shorter field course over spring
The school offers clinics on environ- reducing the number of trash receptacles on break explores marine and coastal policy in
mental law and policy and on food law and campus, investing in reusable dining ware, Florida and the Caribbean, Flournoy said.
and using the money saved for future green
Students in the Environmental and
Land Use Law Society manage a woods res4. Vermont Law School
The Environmental Law Center serves toration project in which they remove inva"Lead by example" is a mantra of students as a hub for activities ranging from clinics sive plants so native vegetation can thrive.