About Burlington Geographic

The unfolding story of the landscape and community of Burlington is the current focus of the PLACE Program (Place-based Landscape Analysis & Community Engagement), a collaborative initiative of UVM and Shelburne Farms. Burlington Geographic is bringing together a variety of community members, educators, students, city departments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in an exploration and celebration of the natural and cultural history of Vermont’s largest city.

K-12 Education

Schools are integral to the PLACE Program, and will be engaged at each stage of the development and implementation of Burlington Geographic. They are a wellspring of local expertise and energy, and can unify the community in important ways. PLACE works with teachers to provide exciting opportunities for students to explore and learn about their community through the lenses of cultural and natural history, and make meaningful contributions to a range of planning efforts. We plan to work closely with the Partnership for Change initiative currently unfolding at Burlington High School.

UVM Courses

Students from UVM service-learning courses will continue to be involved with gathering data and developing interpretative materials related to the landscape. The overall goal of these service-learning courses is to engage with the city of Burlington as it seeks to implement a new sustainability planning initiative under the leadership of the Burlington Legacy Program and the ECOS Project of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.

Student Research

Teams of UVM graduate students focused on four special Burlington locations during spring 2012 and have presented their work in these focal places: Waterfront, Rock Point, Intervale, and Englesby Brook.