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Environmental Studies
Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:environmental ethics, campus greening & sustainability, religion and ecology, ecofeminism, deep ecology, unlearning consumerism
Biography:In addition to her doctorate in biology, Kaza holds a master's of Education and a master's of Divinity. This combination is reflected in her areas of interest such as religion and ecology. Other research areas are environmental ethics, ecofeminism, consumerism and environmental justice. She has been a co-chair of the Religion and Ecology group of the American Academy of Religion and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Deep Ecology, Center for Respect of Life and the Environment, the Whidbey Institute, and ReStore. Kaza currently co-chairs the UVM Environmental Council and has been involved in promoting sustainability practices on the UVM campus. Her recent books include Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism (Shambhala, 2000) and The Attentive Heart: Conversations with Trees (Ballantine, 1993). Other articles focus on Buddhist environmental values, nature writing, consumerism, and environmental philosophy. Kaza lectures widely across the United States, and has traveled to England, Japan, India, and Costa Rica to teach and participate in international conferences.