Students at the Fall harvest
The work of the Ecological Design Collaboratory represents a partnership between a number of individuals and organizations in the greater Burlington area. Although there has been a strong, demonstrated interest in ecological design across the UVM campus and around Vermont, the University of Vermont has not had a programmatic home that can link student-initiated projects to the sustainability needs of the community.
Students and faculty alike have repeatedly expressed the need for a design-build center on campus where classes could have access to the space, resources, and mentorship; a place where students could develop the hands-on skills they need to bring their projects to fruition. By connecting UVM students with community parters, we can address this need and give students both the intellectual and physical space to explore ecological design.
The Ecological Design Collaboratory is headed by a steering committee of dedicated individuals working to catalyze ecological design in the university and within the community. Our organizational partners are community organizations like Shelburne Farms, the Vermont Design Institute, and Yestermorrow Design/Build School, that will provide skills-based mentorships, materials, and trainings in ecological design to UVM students. Additionally, we will be collaborating with local schools, offering opportunities for teachers and students to participate in design projects and competitions throughout the year.