The Environmental Program at the University of Vermont
is a university-wide academic unit. Drawing from many disciplines, from
the arts and humanities to the social, basic and applied sciences, The
Environmental Program serves as a catalyst for change through its faculty,
staff and students, in their teaching, scholarship, research, service
and outreach. The Program provides students with an interdisciplinary
liberal education, drawing upon the resources of the campus as well
as local and global communities. Students blend the acquisition of knowledge
with practical experience, contextual awareness and a personalized program
to develop independent thinking and problem solving.
The Mission of the Environmental Program is:
- To alert people to the state of global and local environments and
opportunities for action by advocating, demonstrating and inspiring
environmentally sustainable activities and ways of thinking.
- To nurture and encourage a deep respect for Earth and the community
of life in all its diversity, and a greater understanding of Earth’s
dynamic physical, biological and social processes.
- To demonstrate and encourage a commitment to social and economic
justice, equity, and respect for cultural diversity.
- To serve as a university-wide center for innovative thinking and
interdisciplinary learning on the environment, complementing the strengths
of disciplinary units across campus and working collaboratively with
them to build an interactive network of faculty, staff and students
committed to environmental education, research and action.
- To provide students with an intellectual learning environment that
fosters creative and independent thinking, mature self-reflection,
integrative scholarship and collaboration, through class, fieldwork,
research and internships.
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be
active, effective, and responsible citizens of the social and natural
communities whose future they will help shape.
Board of Trustees Resolution
The Environmental Program is committed to achieving the goals set
forth by the Board of Trustees by resolution in August 1994:
"With respect to The Environmental Program, the
overall aim must be to maintain the essential characteristics that
make this Program successful, namely:
1. its interdisciplinary emphasis;
2. its adaptability to the educational goals of each individual student;
3. the opportunity for independent study; and
4. a commitment to advising and student-focused services."
Adopted April 26, 2004
Last modified August 31 2005 12:42 AM