Ateliers: Problem-Based Field Workshops Around the World
Ateliers are problem-solving workshops conducted in local communities around the world. Ateliers combine guest lectures, case studies, and student-led research on a specific socio-environmental issue in a particular place. Ateliers take students out of the classroom and place them in the field where they are able to study an issue firsthand and develop the measurements, tools, and strategies necessary to resolve it.
- Spring 2014 | From Cows to Sea Cows: A Travel Course to Cuba
Students from UVM, Duke University and the University of Havana joined together to learn about coastal-zone policy and tradeoffs in ecosystem services in Cuba. The overarching goal of the class was to begin generating research to help improve coastal zone management, sustainable fisheries, and marine protected area networks in Cuba. Cuba recently announced plans to raze thousands of houses, restaurants, hotels and improvised docks to restore the natural coastline, in part to prepare for sea-level rise and climate change. It is a dynamic time for this country, and this class engaged in land use planning that spanned from Cuba's ridges to its reefs.
- Spring 2014 | Alternative Indicators
This course put ecological economics into practice by contributing to the ongoing development of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI). Students reviewed the historical development, current critique, and proposed advances of GPI. The class built on recent work in Vermont and Maryland and created the first 50‐state GPI table, contributed to methodological improvements in an emerging "GPI 2.0", and outlined policy applications of state-level GPI studies.
- Fall 2013 | Vermont Climate Assessment
Students produced the first Vermont Climate Assessment (VCA) that furthered the scientific understanding of global change impacts in the state of Vermont focusing on agricultural production, forests, and recreation industries. Students used econometric and ecosystems models to estimate future changes to these sectors given a range of climate scenarios. For each sector, an in-depth analysis of historical climate variability and its impacts on production, revenue or relevant indicators was conducted.
- Spring 2013 | Biodiversity and Livestock Well-being
Students joined local researchers and international experts in breaking new ground by exploring the connection between biodiversity--from microbes to grass to predators--and the health and well-being of livestock. This course combined in-class time to understand the background on the issues with a week-long field course touring cattle farms in Vermont. Participants produced a joint review paper in the process of submission and developed future research projects at the Gund.
- Summer 2013 | Advanced Agroecology
The 7th International Agroecology Shortcourse was held in Vermont, gathering students and other participants from around the world to study agroecological approaches for climate change and food systems resilience. The course focused on integrating ecological and social sciences with farmer's knowledge to both design and manage more sustainable agri-food systems and address global environmental change.
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Have an Idea or Need for an Atelier?
Gund ateliers occur wherever there is a need for the solutions they provide. There are no strict guidelines that qualify an issue or a community for an atelier. Working in intimate collaboration with local institutions and other stakeholders, each atelier leaves behind a legacy of hope as it provides a unique learning experience for all involved. If interested, please contact us today.
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