Intern Examines the Future of Electric Vehicles in Vermont

Recent Vermont Law School Masters in Environmental Law & Policy (MELP) grad Susan Goehring was one of two clean energy policy interns working with VPIRG this summer.  Charged with examining Vermont’s electric vehicle options, Susan was stationed in our Advocacy Office – coined the “Advo-cave” – crammed with four other staff and interns.

Fresh from her year of Masters work, Susan’s research and writing skills have been key to her success in drafting a comprehensive 50-page report outlining Vermont’s electric vehicle policy options. Cutting Vermont’s energy use and transitioning to clean, fossil-fuel free alternatives in our transportation sector is one of the biggest hurdles to realizing a clean energy future.  Electric vehicles are a key solution in our rural state with limited public transportation options.

“I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to intern at VPIRG this summer. Not only was I able to put my MELP skills into practice and gain extensive knowledge of the electric vehicle landscape, I’ve been exposed to an office filled with interesting people doing important things. I hope the research I’ve done will help pave the way for VPIRG’s future advocacy at the state house, and I look forward to seeing what VPIRG tackles in the years ahead!”

Formerly in the marketing field, Susan’s VLS study and her hands-on work with VPIRG and other groups make it clear she has a bright future in environmental policy work.  We are delighted to have had the chance to work with her.  Next, she heads back to her hometown of Boston where her wedding celebration is planned for mid-August.