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In 2009 the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law hosted a symposium entitled “Growing Green Communities: Infrastructure Development and the Environment.” Professor Timothy P. Duane delivered the keynote address, focusing on the challenges of green infrastructure development in Vermont and beyond. Professor Duane’s speech offered perspective on where green infrastructure development is today and where it could go in the future. As Professor Duane noted, infrastructure is inextricably linked with land use and a healthy environment, and so it is worthwhile to take a moment to theoretically explore the concept of infrastructure development.

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The Sheffield Wind Project (also known as the UPC or Vermont Wind Project) has had a long history and is well known among Vermont land use professionals. The responsible company is currently known as “First Wind.” The downsides of wind power are visual blight and noise pollution, and projects are often opposed by local communities. On the other side, the benefits of wind power are numerous—decreased reliance on fossil fuels decreases global warming and energy dependence, and green energy brings jobs to the local economy, as well as profit for the responsible company. This complicated case makes for a fun study of the permitting process for such projects. (more…)

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