University of Vermont

Join Us Nov. 19 at the Official Opening of the UVM Ecological Design Collaboratory

In conjunction with the launch of the Living Place Design Competition

Students build the wood-fired oven at the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community.
Students build the wood-fired oven at the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community.

Join us on Tuesday night, November 19th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community to see how you can engage with the UVM Ecological Design Collaboratory and learn about opportunities in the Living Place Design Competition: Creating a Community Crossroads for Ecological Design.

See our invitation for more details. Please RSVP to to attend. Also please join us Weds. Nov. 20 at noon in Aiken 311 for a talk by Scott Carlson, Senior Reporter at The Chronicle for Higher Education: ""Tools for Life: Practical Knowledge, Reinventing Education, and Rebuilding America." Scott has written Chronicle articles on the greening of Aiken.

Students in Diane Gayer and Tyler Kobick's course, Catalyzing Ecological Design have developed a design competition open to local designers, high school students and teachers, community members, and university staff and students. Guest speakers will include Felix Wai on Socially Engaged Ecological Design and Scott Carlson on Skills-Based Learning in Higher Education.

There will also be an Art Walk with prints on display from Davis Te Selle and students from Susan Bray's Environmental Art course followed by hors d'oeuvres and open space for collaboration with other participants.

The Ecological Design Collaboratory is a new initiative at GreenHouse Residential Learning Community, jointly funded by the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.

At the heart of this initiative is the goal of providing several hundred undergraduates from a diversity of majors with an introduction to place-based ecological design and opportunities to practice the hands-on skills needed to bring their projects to fruition.

Through mentorship by UVM faculty members, upper-level students, and our community partners, students will acquire the skills needed to design projects and initiatives that feature the local resources—both natural and cultural—of Burlington and the Lake Champlain Basin.