Vermont Law School uses grant to convert historic building

first_imgVermont Law School will use a $250,000 energy efficiency grant to help convert an historic building into a vibrant new center for legal advocacy. The grant was the largest of 14 grants totaling $1.7 million that the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund gave out to colleges, hospitals and other non-profits on June 16.VLS will use the grant to completely renovate 190 Chelsea Street, a two-story building overlooking the South Royalton town green. The building will be historically preserved and upgraded to high standards of energy efficiency using best green building practices.The retrofitted structure will be the home of the South Royalton Legal Clinic (SRLC), which has outgrown its cramped quarters elsewhere on campus, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC), which operates as a law firm within a law school. The renovated building will give the SRLC 60 percent and the ENRLC 110 percent more space, respectively, than their current locations. Both clinics train law students and provide free legal services to the community.Since 1979, the SRLC has served thousands of Vermont residents who are unable to afford counsel on issues such as children’s rights, immigration, family law, domestic violence, housing, health care and consumer protection. Last year, the SRLC provided approximately $1.5 million in free services. The ENRLC offers pro bono legal representation on environmental matters to organizations and individuals who would not otherwise have access to legal services.“With this support from the Clean Energy Development Fund, the 190 Chelsea project can realize a synergy of environmental, economic and societal impacts that transcend the bricks and mortar required to breathe new life into an old building,” Dean Jeff Shields said. “Through this project, VLS has the distinctive opportunity to restore an historic downtown structure, reduce energy costs and consumption and expand our community and environmentally focused legal aid work.”VLS has raised more than $1.4 million of the $3 million to $3.5 million needed to purchase, renovate and equip the clinics building. A formal fund-raising campaign kicks off in September. Tentative plans call for renovation to start in 2011 and be completed in 2012.The site’s 11,000 square feet will give both clinics increased and improved space for the faculty, staff and student clinicians who often work late at night to meet case deadlines. The building also will become the new home of the VLS Barrister’s Book Shop, which will have an increased product line as well as outdoor and indoor seating that will serve students, faculty, staff and the community.VLS, which has a history of award-winning historic preservation and energy efficiency projects, is working on the 190 Chelsea project with Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Efficiency Vermont provides technical assistance and financial incentives to households, businesses and schools to help reduce their energy costs with energy efficient equipment, lighting and approaches to construction and renovation. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is the public agency designated to be the advocate for historic properties in the state.Many of the 190 Chelsea building’s exterior historic features will be maintained, but the interior was long ago altered, so it will be designed to fit the modern needs of the two legal clinics. The building’s insulation, heating, cooling, electrical, plumbing and other systems will be brought up to code. The result will be a rejuvenated structure that adheres to U.S. Interior Department standards for rehabilitation and is consistent with the law school’s commitment to environmental stewardship and public service.More information on the SRLC and ENRLC is available on their VLS websites.Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is the nation’s top-ranked environmental law school and has one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM)  in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit is external).Source: VLS. 6.23.2010last_img read more

Boys basketball Bearcats to face Lowville for sectional title

first_imgScott had sat out nearly two months after a foot injury suffered Jan. 7 – ironically, in a game against Marcellus. And while Solvay had gone 11-2 without him, including playoff wins over Oneida and Skaneateles, its offense missed Scott’s combination of speed and skill.General Brown, who lost to Lowville in last March’s sectional Class B final, quickly found out the impact Scott could make.Early in the second quarter, the Bearcats clung to a 14-12 lead before Scott hit on seven consecutive points, sparking a 13-2 run and helping Solvay take a 29-18 advantage to halftime. The Lions never got closer than nine points again. Solvay made another sustained push in the last half of the third quarter as it outscored GB 18-7, putting the game way.Scott hit eight of his 15 shots and finished with 19 points. Close behind him, Brock Bagozzi earned 16 points and four steals, while Elijah Wright, who received an offer to walk on to Syracuse University’s football team earlier this week, got 10 points and nine rebounds.Defensively, the Bearcats remained as tough as ever, holding the Lions to 35.4 percent from the field (17-for-48) and out-rebounding them 39-32, while also forcing 18 turnovers.Right after this, no. 5 seed Marcellus, who had knocked out Holland Patent and Mount Markham to get this far, now took aim at Lowville, who had sat top the state Class B poll for most of the last two months.And for a brief moment, the Mustangs fulfilled that mission, earning open shots in the opening minutes and converting enough of them to take an 11-8 lead on the Red Raiders.Then it all went wrong – quickly.In the span of less than 90 seconds, Lowville earned 10 consecutive points, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Aiden Macaulay that put him past the 1,000-point career mark.It didn’t end there, either, as the Red Raiders’ defensive pressure forced 10 Mustangs turnovers and, after that early deficit, outscored Marcellus 29-6 the rest of the half to lead 37-17 at the break.To its credit, the Mustangs didn’t let it get out of hand, cutting a 24-point deficit in half during the fourth quarter. Luke Ingianni finished with 14 points, while Jared Sammon had 12 points and Matt Kershaw got 10 points. Tristan Jarvi finished with nine points.Lowville would not get caught, though, Aidan Macaualay getting 22 points and Aidan Zehr adding 21 points as Gavin Macaulay had 18 points and Chad Bach pulled down 12 rebounds.Next Saturday at 4 p.m., Solvay will offer its challenge to Lowville at SRC Arena, and it will require something special from a Bearcats roster now at full strength to wrest the crown away from the Red Raiders.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story A quarter-century-long quest to bring the Solvay boys basketball team a Section III championship will hinge on taking down the defending champion and state no. 1-ranked Lowville Red Raiders.It was something Marcellus tried to accomplish in Saturday night’s semifinal round at SRC Arena, but the Mustangs were undone by a sustained Lowville run and was unable to recover in a 73-57 defeat.This followed the other sectional semifinal where no. 2 seed Solvay welcomed back Justin Scott to its lineup, and the senior promptly led the Bearcats to a 65-45 win over no. 3 seed General Brown.center_img Tags: boys basketballMarcellusSolvaylast_img read more