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An image of a sailboat on Vermont's Lake Champlain at sunset. The visual appearance of Lake Champlain – specifically, how clean its water looks – has a major effect on the state economy, a new UVM study finds. The research was made possible with support from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Photo: Sally McCay.


Price of Beauty? For Lake Champlain, it’s $17 Million Per Meter

New UVM research puts a hefty price tag on Lake Champlain’s natural beauty.

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A photo of UVM PhD student Keri Bryan Watson, who led the first study to calculate the economic value of river wetlands and floodplains during Tropical Storm Irene and other flood events that have struck the U.S. East Coast in recent years. The photo shows Watson smiling, standing on a floodplain in Vermont. Photo by Will Watson.


Floodplains Saved Middlebury $1.8M in Damage

Wetlands and floodplains protect Vermont towns from millions of dollars in flood damage, a new UVM study finds.

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Food Systems Summit keynote speakers


Summit Explores What Makes Food Good

For Susan Edwards, a University of Vermont Extension nutritionist and farmer’s wife, good food is local and seasonal. For about four weeks in the spring, she eats asparagus, then enjoys strawberries as long as they are available nearby, she told about 30 fellow attendees at the University of Vermont Food Systems Summit last week.

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SEMBA class


SEMBA Wins National Award for Innovative Sustainability Curriculum

The University of Vermont’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) program in the Grossman School of Business has been named the 2015 Grand Prize winner of the Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula.

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Vineyards with green mountains


Cooler and Wetter: Study Links Irrigation to Inaccurate Climate Perception

It’s the height of irony. Irrigation systems designed to buffer farmers from the effects of a warming planet may be causing them to think their local area is cooler and wetter than it is, says research published June 1 in the journal Global Environmental Change – perceptions that other studies suggest may slow their efforts to address climate change.

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Lini Wollenberg


Paris Climate Agreement Cannot Be Met Without Cutting Farm Emissions

Agricultural emissions, largely absent in Paris Climate deal, must be slashed to keep climate change within acceptable levels, UVM study finds.

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