Dana Drugmand

Freelance Journalist

Dana recently completed a Master's degree in Environmental Law & Policy with a certificate in Climate Law from Vermont Law School. Prior to attending VLS she worked as a reporter at several weekly newspapers and as a freelance environmental journalist. She has also interned at the Worldwatch Institute, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Schumacher Center for a New Economics, Center for EcoTechnology, EcoLogic Development Fund, OurEarth.org, and YES! Magazine.

At a time when both the media and the environment are under attack by the new presidential administration, and when the market for environmental journalism is dwindling, Dana is determined to use her sharp writing and reporting skills and her knowledge of environmental issues to defy "alternative facts" and keep the public informed. Topics of specialization include climate change, clean energy, and citizen activism.

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Environmental Clips

As San Francisco, Oakland press climate cases, a legal nod to Kivalina
By Dana Drugmand When a remote native Alaskan village could find no other relief from damaging coastal storms and erosion that continuously swallowed its land, it filed a...
Chevron wants more companies blamed in climate liability cases
By Dana Drugmand Chevron Corp., one of the defendants in a batch of climate change nuisance lawsuits by communities in California, contends that the suits are meritless, but...
Climate liability cases 'as American as apple pie,' experts argue
By Dana Drugmand From severe droughts and recent mega-wildfires to melting snowpack and coastal flooding, climate change impacts are already devastating the state of California....
Richmond is latest California city to file climate lawsuit vs. Big Oil
By Dana Drugmand Richmond, Calif., became the latest community on Monday to file suit against 29 fossil fuel companies , seeking monetary damages to pay for costs of adapting to...
Exxon launches legal retaliation for California climate suits
ExxonMobil is pushing back against a wave of climate liability lawsuits in California seeking to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate change impacts. In a filed...
Hawaii joins trend: court recognizes constitutional right to a safe climate
By Dana Drugmand Hawaii's highest court took an important step in December to hold the state's agencies accountable for transitioning away from fossil fuels as it affirmed the...
California climate lawsuits: different strategies, same goal
By Dana Drugmand When the counties of Marin and San Mateo, along with the City of Imperial Beach, filed lawsuits against more than three dozen fossil fuel companies over the...
Through HeatSmart Great Barrington offering affordable green energy home heating options
Great Barrington - As winter and its freezing temperatures set in, town residents have a unique opportunity to engage in a home heating program that is both cheaper and...
Trade group gears up to discredit climate liability movement
By Dana Drugmand In response to a growing wave of climate change lawsuits and legal investigations attempting to hold fossil fuel corporations accountable for climate...
Judges question Trump administration attempt to derail youth climate case
By Dana Drugmand In deciding whether the landmark youth-led climate change lawsuit Juliana v.
PCBs, fracked gas pipelines endanger human and planetary health, warns author activist
Lenox - The slow struggle to remove PCBs from the Housatonic River is an ongoing saga that started decades ago, while the fight against fracked gas pipelines in Western...
Ecologist Sandra Steingraber to speak on fracked gas, PCBs, and our health Saturday in Lenox
Lenox -- Acclaimed author, biologist, cancer survivor, and environmental activist Sandra Steingraber is slated to speak on environmental toxins and human health this Saturday,...
Class action lawsuit acuses utilities Eversource, Avangrid of bilking customers out of $3.6 billion
Eversource Boston - A new lawsuit brought on behalf of all electric ratepayers in New England targets two of the largest investor owned utilities (IOUs) in the region for...
Evidence backs fossil fuel companies' climate liability, study says
By Dana Drugmand Research has boosted the concepts of climate liability and corporate accountability in recent years from pie-in-the-sky theories to plausible underpinnings for...
Water protector Winona LaDuke speaks on 'cannibal economics,' courage and fighting pipelines
Dana Drugmand Great Barrington - Take a stand for the land, and be a water protector. That was the main message that Winona LaDuke and other guest speakers conveyed during the...
Massachusetts Youth Call on Governor Baker to Protect Their Future, Ban New Fossil Fuel...
BOSTON - While world leaders meet in Bonn, Germany for the next round of UN climate talks (COP 23), Massachusetts climate activists are demanding that Governor Charlie Baker...
How will Puerto Rico, drowning in debt, pay to rebuild?
By Dana Drugmand One month after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico-the worst storm to hit the island in more than 80 years-human suffering continues amid a deepening debt...
Pipeline protesters to paddle Spectacle Pond in 'flotilla action' to resist fossil fuels
Ben Hillman Sandisfield - Concerned citizens and activists will gather at Lower Spectacle Pond tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 16) in an act of protest against the Connecticut...
REVIEW: Al Gore returns with 'An Inconvenient Sequel,' seeking solutions to climate meltdown
Williamstown - Speak truth to power. That's the message conveyed by the latest climate change documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. As the title implies, the film...
State Clean Energy Funds: A Driving Force in Renewables Deployment for Over a Decade
A Driving Force in Renewables Deployment for Over a Decade Long before the current emphasis on sub-national leadership in advancing clean energy, some states had created funds...
Advancing Clean Energy: 15 Years of State Leadership
As the federal government has retreated from aggressive support for renewable energy, the states are increasingly seen as the locus for innovation and action. New regional and...
Ratepayers shocked by proposed 27 percent electric rate hike
Dana Drugmand Pittsfield - Elected officials, business representatives, facilities directors, working-class advocates and environmentalists were among the range of people...
Tax Reform and Climate Action:
Starting the Conversation By Dana Drugmand On yet another record-breaking warm day in April, a group of Vermonters gathered on the lawn in front of Capstone Community Action in...
Judge Won't Dismiss Youth Climate Lawsuit; Stage Set for Historic Trial
As global temperature continues to rise -- with 2016 slated to set a new high for the third consecutive year -- young climate activists are rising to the occasion and breaking...
EmPOWERing Communities: Renewable Energy Co-ops Drive Local Investment And Ownership | The Leap
Citizens are increasingly standing up and fighting back against dirty energy projects across the country, from the Gateway Pacific coal terminal in western Washington to the...
Cap on solar energy stymies Berkshire clean energy projects
Dana Drugmand PITTSFIELD - Solar industry supporters, local officials and environmental advocates are calling on Massachusetts' legislators to act immediately to raise the caps...
Aspen Poised to Move to 100 Percent Renewable Electricity
Cities around the country are turning to wind, solar, and hydropower to meet energy needs When it comes to going green, the real action appears to be happening in cities....
Fossil fuel divestment movement attempts to gain steam - at Harvard, Williams
CAMBRIDGE - As the planet continues to warm, activists pushing for fossil fuel divestment are turning up the heat. College students have been organizing sit-ins and occupying...
'Pipeline Pilgrimage' called attention to climate crisis
DALTON - Kinder Morgan's proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) gas pipeline has garnered widespread opposition locally and across the region. In response a group of young faith...

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