University of Vermont

Stephanie Kaza

Stephanie Kaza

Professor, Environmental Studies, Director of UVM's Environmental Program

Phone: 802-656-4055
Office: 310 Bittersweet Building
Environmental Program:

Areas of Interest

Buddhist environmental thought, campus sustainability, ecofeminism, environmental justice, unlearning consumerism, nature writing, and environmental philosophy

Dr. Stephanie Kaza is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont and Director of the Environmental Program. She is the 2011 winner of the UVM George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. Her courses include Unlearning Consumerism; Religion and Ecology; Women, Health, and Environment; and other values-based courses. She co-founded the Environmental Council at University of Vermont, a campus-wide consortium on sustainability, and is the faculty director for the UVM Sustainability Faculty Fellows program.  She advises graduate and undergraduate research on sustainability related topics and is currently working on quality of life indicators for bicycle commuters.   Dr. Kaza serves on the Executive Councils of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences and the national Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and is vice-president of the UVM Faculty Senate.


M. Div., Starr King School of Ministry, 1991
Ph.D. Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1979
M.A. Education, Stanford University, 1970
B.A. Biology, Oberlin College 1968

Selected Publications

Kaza, Stephanie. 2008. Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking. Shambhala: Boston, MA.

---------, ed. 2005. Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume, Shambhala: Boston, MA.

Kaza, Stephanie and Kenneth Kraft, eds. 2000. Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism, Boston: Shambhala.

Kaza, Stephanie. 1993. The Attentive Heart: Conversations with Trees, New York: Fawcett Columbine/Ballantine.

Refereed Book Chapters and Journal Articles
Kaza, Stephanie and Watts, Richard. 2013. Planning for Power: Frame Production in an Environmental Conflict over the Siting of a High-Voltage Transmission Line. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Kaza, Stephanie and Anderson, Kit. 2011. Senior theses under siege: Adapting to high enrollments at University of Vermont. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 1(3): 233-240.

Kaza, Stephanie. 2010. Rachel Carson’s Sense of Deep Time: Experiencing Maine, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 17(2): 291-315.

----------. 2010. How Much is Enough? Buddhist Perspectives on Consumerism, in How Much is Enough? Buddhism, Consumerism and the Human Environment, ed. Richard K. Payne Boston: Wisdom Publications, pp 39-62.

----------. 2006. Existence is Relational: Contemplating Friendship with Nature, in Constructing A Feminist Relational Cosmology, ed. Paul Ingram, Princeton Theological Monograph Series.

----------. 2005. Western Buddhist Motivations for Vegetarianism, Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion, 9(3): 385-411.

Additional Links

Environmental Studies Program