Gund scholars in local communities around the world.

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Every year, Gund scholars conduct problem-solving workshops in local communities around the world.  

These experiential learning opportunities – called Gund Ateliers – combine guest lectures, case studies, and student-led research on a specific socio-environmental topic in a particular place. They take students out of the classroom and into the field to study an issue firsthand and develop the tools, context, and strategies necessary to resolve it.

Spring 2016 | Agroecology, Farmer & Ecosystem: A Travel Course to Brazil

Brazil's Atlantic Forest

Students from UVM traveled to Brazil's Atlantic Forest to continue work with local smallholder farmers to identify solutions to protect and restore the Atlantic Forest. UVM partnered with students and researchers at two Brazilian institutions, the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and the Universidade de Sao Paulo, to explore different conservation and agro-ecology models that can be applied in Santa Catarina state. Santa Catarina is known as the agro-ecology capital of Brazil. There is a rich history in the state of combining small-scale crop production, management-intensive grazing, and agro-forestry to balance the competing goals of preserving ecosystem services with making a financial profit from agriculture. The Gund Atelier worked to contribute to a long-term search for "win-win" solutions that can help restore the Atlantic Forest, preserve its rich biodiversity, and sustain rural livelihoods.

Spring 2016 | From Ridge to Reef: A Travel Course to Cuba

 land management and ecosystem in Cuba

Students from UVM and the University of Havana joined together to learn about land management policy and tradeoffs in ecosystem services in Cuba. The overarching goal of the class was to begin generating research to help improve land management, sustainable fisheries, and marine protected area networks in Cuba. 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. Read UVM coverage on the Cuba class.

Summer 2015 | Water Quality in Lake Champlain

water quality on Lake Champlain

Students from UVM, McGill and York University participated in a problem-based field course in Vermont looking at water quality issues in the Lake Champlain Basin. The course was part of the E4A program that seeks solutions to real-world problems. Despite efforts to clean up the phosphorous in Lake Champlain in the last couple decades, the levels of phosphorous in the lake has been stable or rising since 2007 (LCBP, 2012). The high levels of phosphorous in the lake have led to large algal blooms, beach closures, and poor water quality (LCBP, 2012). Students met with Vermonters on the front lines of the management and policy decisions surrounding the health of Lake Champlain and are working on three synth.esis papers capturing next steps towards transboundary and transdisciplinary solutions. Read UVM coverage on the Lake Champlain class.

Spring 2015 | Agroecology, Farmer & Ecosystem: A Travel Course to Brazil

Brazil's Atlantic Forest

Students from UVM traveled to Brazil's Atlantic Forest to work with local smallholder farmers to identify solutions to protect and restore the Atlantic Forest. UVM partnered with students and researchers at two Brazilian institutions, the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and the Universidade de Sao Paulo, to explore different conservation and agro-ecology models that can be applied in Santa Catarina state. Santa Catarina is known as the agro-ecology capital of Brazil. There is a rich history in the state of combining small-scale crop production, management-intensive grazing, and agro-forestry to balance the competing goals of preserving ecosystem services with making a financial profit from agriculture. The Gund Atelier worked to contribute to a long-term search for "win-win" solutions that can help restore the Atlantic Forest, preserve its rich biodiversity, and sustain rural livelihoods. Read student blogs from the trip, including Dispatches from the Field: Agro-ecology in BrazilDispatches from the Field: Agro-ecology in Brazil Part 2, and Dispatches from the Field: Agro-ecology in Brazil Part 3.

Spring 2014 | From Cows to Sea Cows: A Travel Course to Cuba

manatee - ecosystem services in 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.

Atelier Archive

Spring 2014 Alternative Indicators
Fall 2013 Vermont Climate Assessment
Summer 2013 Advanced Agroecology
Spring 2013 Biodiversity and Livestock Well-being
Summer 2011 Forests, Fire, Restoration and Biomass Energy, New Mexico
Spring 2011 Vermont Common Assets Trust, USA
Spring 2010 Marine Ecosystem Tradeoffs in the Gulf of Maine
Spring 2010 Measuring Genuine Economic Progress in Iceland
Fall 2009 Food, Energy and Quality of Life Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa, USA
Summer 2007-09 La Antigua Texotli in Mexico
Fall 2007 Overcoming Institutional Roadblocks to Sustainability in Vermont, USA
Fall 2007 Sustainable Forest Management in the Ukrainian Carpathians, Ukraine
March 2007 Payments for Ecosystem Services: From Local to Global in Costa Rica
Summer 2006 Green Awassa in Ethiopia
Jan/Nov 2005 AIDS Education and Batey Life in the Dominican Republic
Spring 2005 A Class Journey through the Camisea Pipeline in Peru
Spring 2004 Forest Resource Values in the White River Watershed, Vermont USA
March 2004 Renewable Energy Workshop in the Dominican Republic
Spring 2004 Winter Sport Culture, Community and Economy in Aroostook County, Maine, USA
February 2003 Micro-hydro and Renewable Energy in the Dominican Republic
Spring 2004 Impacts of Industrial Shrimp Aquaculture on Mangrove Systems in Palawan, Philippines
January 2002 Atlantic Forest Restoration as a Watershed Management Tool in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 2001 Sustainable Tourism in Small Islands of the Caribbean in the Donimican Republic
May 1997 Resolving Resource Conflicts using Ecological Economics Models in Zimbabwe
July 1995 Valuation and Management of Fynbos Ecosystems in Cape Town, South Africa

 

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Gund Ateliers occur wherever there is a need for solutions.

Working in collaboration with local institutions and stakeholders, ateliers leave behind a legacy of hope and provide an exceptional learning experience. If interested, please contact us today.