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RSENR Dean welcome

Welcome from Our Dean

Jon EricksonOn behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, welcome to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. There has never been a more important time to be a student of the environment. The shared learning community of the Rubenstein School is working together to find balance between humanity's wants and needs, to address the overlapping challenges of persistent poverty and natural resource depletion, and to build a restorative and sustainable relationship between our environment and society.

We are a community working collaboratively across disciplines and around the world to develop solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. From global climate change to local watershed development, an integrated approach to problem-solving is woven throughout our curriculum, our scholarship, and our engagement with decision-makers. Our studies are rooted in the forests and fields, cities and towns, earth and waters of the Green Mountain State. Our responsibility to this and future generations emanates from the land grant legacy of the University of Vermont. Our vision for a better world recognizes the interdependence of all life on earth.

The face of the Rubenstein School includes 45 faculty, 35 staff members, more than 600 undergraduate students in six majors, and about 100 graduate students pursuing M.S and Ph.D. degrees. We also manage the campus-wide environmental studies program with over 500 students, the third largest major at UVM. We have a strong collaborative spirit and longstanding partnerships with federal and state agencies; service-learning relationships with local non-profits and grassroots organizations; and many cross-campus alliances around environmental scholarship and education. Our infrastructure spans from historical and leading edge buildings and laboratories, to alternative energy and ecological design projects, to research forests and lake vessels, to statewide UVM Natural Areas.

Thank you for exploring our web site. Please feel free to follow up by e-mail, phone, or in person.

Sincerely,
Jon D. Erickson
Interim Dean

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