Environmental Studies at UVM

Erica Andrus '14

ENVS major in the College of Arts and Sciences, concentrating in Food, Land, and Community, with a double minor in sustainable landscape horticulture and French

in a greenhouseBefore college, I was hesitant to immerse myself in environmental studies. One visit to UVM shifted my views. Now I am ready to face environmental issues so I can help mitigate them. I am learning to redesign landscapes to make them more productive and fertile habitats that support healthy biological relationships.

I have been particularly inspired by my classes in permaculture, woody landscape plants, and sustainable landscape architecture. Last summer I participated in the School for Field Study program in Bhutan. There I was exposed to new ways of thinking about sustainability and forest conservation, and was introduced to the practices of Buddhism. In January, I am headed to Bordeaux, France where I will be fully immersed in the language and culture. This coming summer, I will find an internship to fulfill my senior capstone. As an outlet from the sometimes stressful world of academics, I am an Outing Club leader and am on the women’s ultimate Frisbee team.

I plan to continue to developing my design skills and my knowledge of the landscape surrounding campus, while leaving time to explore the many electives UVM offers. After college, I know I’ll have an itch to travel more, and possibly to attend a graduate program in landscape design.

This is a picture of me harvesting scallions at my summer job at Cedar Circle Farm in Thetford, VT.