University of Vermont

  • environmental leaders

    "I learned that science can provide you with the outdoor adventure of a lifetime." — Ryan Sleeper

    Ryan SleeperEnvironmental sciences major, graduate student in natural resources, field research in Alaska, job with environmental consulting company. More about Ryan

  • environmental leaders

    "Here is a cool new technology for me to jump into that combines geography, natural resources, and information technology!" — Maya Thomas

    Maya ThomasEnvironmental sciences major, GIS minor, research internships, GIS specialist with consulting firm. More about Maya

  • environmental leaders

    "The hands-on learning approach allowed me to integrate classroom learning with real life experience." — Alex Marcucci

    Alex MarcucciEnvironmental sciences major, watershed steward & restoration intern, valued service-learning courses, environmental scientist with consulting firm. More about Alex

  • environmental leaders

    "I wanted to learn about how forest ecosystems work and find a job where I could be outside and do something meaningful."— Eric Donnelly

    Eric DonnellyForestry major, research project at UVM forest, forestry technician protecting society's forest-based natural resources long-term. More about Eric

  • environmental leaders

    "I knew I would be surrounded by individuals who shared many of the same passions."— Carson Casey

    Carson Casey Natural resources major, student government, research on clean energy for Vermont legislature, study abroad in Tanzania, job in renewable energy education. More about Carson

  • environmental leaders

    "I wanted to become more fluent in the natural history of the region and gain the skills needed to get my students learning outside." — Ryan Morra

    Ryan MorraMaster's degree in natural resources, project in Puerto Rico, professional development programs in sustainability for educators. More about Ryan

The Rubenstein School offers exciting, hands-on environmental programs that integrate natural sciences and social perspectives. Our small, close-knit community challenges students to discover knowledge, skills, and values to become innovative, environmentally-responsible leaders. More about our School | More about studying the environment at UVM

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Saturday October 10, 2015
Vermont Tree Stewards Conference

Downtown Bristol

Register now for the fourth annual Vermont Tree Stewards Conference. The theme this year is Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities; our speakers will explore how trees benefit Vermont communities and ways to ensure their health now and into the future. The conference is FREE for students. Speakers include:

Andy Hillman, Senior Consulting Urban Forester with the Davey Resource Group, a Division of the Davey Tree Expert Company (Keynote)
VJ Comai, Arborist Representative with the Bartlett Tree Expert Company and President of the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association
Patrick Olstad, Landscape Architect with LandWorks in Middlebury
Lee Krohn, Senior Planner with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

The conference is open to anyone interested and engaged in the stewardship and management of Vermont's community trees; citizens, municipal employees, professionals, and students are encouraged to attend. Full agenda available on the conference webpage:
Monday October 12, 2015
Evolutionary Ecology of Pond-Breeding Amphibians: Local Populations to Regional Landscapes

Dr. Jonathan Richardson of Providence College

Aiken 311

Light refreshments
Davis Center Livak Ballroom
Women and Work in a Warming World
Reception immediately following.
Tuesday October 13, 2015

By Phoebe G. Spencer, M.S.

Seminar: 8:00 am, Johnson House Conference Room
Defense: 9:00 am, Johnson House Conference Room

Jon Erickson, Ph.D., Professor, RSENR, Advisor
Pablo Bose, Ph.D., Associate Professor, CALS, Chair
Robert Manning, Ph.D., Professor, RSENR
Stephanie Seguino, Ph.D., Professor, CALS

Gender equity is an ancient and ongoing struggle, with numerous social constructs shaping unequal and often undesirable paths for men and women based on their sexual characteristics. Mainstream economics generally ignores equity, in particular gender differences, reinforcing social inequalities through its push for individualistic gain at the expense of other people, species, and the environment. Justice, while once a core component of economics, has been lost through the evolution of the field toward its current neoclassical paradigm. In this dissertation, the relationship between neoclassical economics and gender equality is explored in order to understand the reasons behind the disregard for justice perspectives, and what steps would be needed to reclaim an ethical grounding in the field of economics. This is first addressed through a discussion of economics’ relationship with justice compared with other social sciences through the adoption of feminist principles. Following this theoretical discussion is an investigation of the impacts of the macro-structure of national economies on gender equality using time-use data. Finally, gender equity in national and intergovernmental-led health initiatives will be assessed through a study of social and political influences on maternal health outcomes. This dissertation will provide policy recommendations for shifting toward a more just and sustainable economic paradigm.

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