Christopher Rottler
Adjunct Faculty
Division of Education and Human Studies
Affiliated with Environmental Policy
Biography

Hello! I'm Chris. I currently teach a range of courses here at Champlain College, as well as at UVM and CCV. Courses I teach include Entrepreneurship, Finance, Internet Marketing, Business Law, Introduction to Business, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Sustainability and Service Learning.

I have a law degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and a B.A. in Philosophy from UVM. I grew up in Burlington, where I attended Edmunds Elementary (right near Skiff Hall) and Middle Schools, as well as BHS.

After law school, I worked for Texas A&M as a policy analyst. The collegiate system hosted an environmental institute, which worked on applied approaches to agricultural-environmental issues (e.g. cow manure affecting water quality). Our clients included the US EPA, the USDA, the State of Texas, private forestry clients, and others. From Texas, I moved to Colorado, where I practiced law in a medium-sized general practice commercial law firm. My practice included litigation, real estate, land use, zoning, UCC, bankruptcy, corporate formation, and other general commercial issues. I even did a little family law work, including helping with adoptions!

I moved back to VT in 2002, where I practiced law for a year, before moving on to a community-development non-profit. There, I helped entrepreneurs start and grow businesses by providing advice and small business loans. In the process I read hundreds of business plans, and learned quite a bit about the practical side of starting and growing a business. By seeing what worked and did not work, the insight and wisdom I gained in this position was invaluable.

In 2009, I started teaching and doing consulting work, and also pursued some of my own entrepreneurial endeavors. Currently, I am the Program Manager/Director at Tethys Environmental, Inc., promoting an environmental certification initiative called BLUE(r). I also assist my wife with her music performance activities, helping her book gigs. When I am not working on these projects, I spend time with my wife and daughter, and help my elderly parents."

Favorite tree: Red Maple

Most rewarding part of teaching: connecting with students and watching them learn new material

Favorite thing about living in VT: I grew up here, left, and came back. In all my travels, only VT truly feels like 'home' to me

Education
Catholic University of America, Juris Doctor
University of Vermont, Bachelor of Arts

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