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Patrick Parenteau

Vermont Law School
United States
Email pparenteau [at] vermontlaw [period/dot] edu

Patrick A. Parenteau is Professor of Law and Senior Counsel in the Environmental Advocacy Clinic at Vermont Law School with 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; Regional Counsel to the New England Regional Office of the EPA; Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation; and Of Counsel with the Perkins Coie law firm in Portland, Oregon; and Director of the Environmental Law program at VLS. Patrick is a Fulbright US Scholar and a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

Patrick Parenteau’s website.


Patrick Parenteau. 2018. “Local, county, and state governments are suing oil companies over climate change,” Leaving Fossil Fuels in the Ground (July 2018).

Patrick Parenteau. 2015. “Cities on Stilts: The Myth of Large Scale Climate Adaptation and the Limits of Sustainability.” In Rethinking Sustainability to Meet the Climate Change Challenge, Environmental law Institute (January 2015).

Patrick Parenteau. 2009. “Go Back, it’s a Trap! On the Perils of Geologic Sequestration of CO2,” Vermont Law School Research Paper (May 2009).

Media Coverage

Patrick Parenteau discusses environmental regulation rollbacks of the Trump administration. Can Biden Reverse Trump Environmental Damage? Bloomberg, December 30, 2020.

Patrick Parenteau quoted on the future effects of court rulings under the Trump administration by Pamela King. What this year’s rulings and court fights mean for 2021,” E&E News, December 30, 2020.

Patrick Parenteau quoted on the oil industry’s role in climate lawsuits by Dana Drugmand.Here’s How Big Oil Wants The Supreme Court to Help Delay and Derail Climate Lawsuits,” DeSmog Blog, December 2, 2020.

Patrick Parenteau discusses the Biden administration’s agenda on climate going forward with Steve Curwood. How Biden Can Keep It in the Ground,” Living on Earth, November 20, 2020.

The Trump court and the erosion of environmental law,” Patrick Parenteau, The Hill, November 11, 2020.

Patrick Parenteau discusses Amy Coney Barrett’s potential rulings on the environment. How would a Justice Amy Coney Barrett rule on the environment? Living on Earth, October 21, 2020.

Patrick Parenteau quoted on climate lawsuits against the oil industry and other energy companies by Jennifer Hijazi. Mounting climate cases expand Big Oil’s legal battlefield,” E&E News, September 16, 2020.

Patrick Parenteau discusses victories for environmentalists against pipelines with June Grasso. Environmentalist’s Trifecta of Wins Against Pipelines,” Bloomberg, July 12, 2020.