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 Tobey, a fourth-grader at JJ Flynn Elementary School watches birds over the bike path in Burlington, VT, with his UVM mentor and “bird buddy,” Sara Fergus, a UVM sophomore enrolled in Environmental Studies 295, “Birding to Change the World.”

10-25-2016

Birding to Change the World

Professor Trish O’Kane’s new course, “Birding to Change the World,” began far from Derway Island in the north end Burlington, where, on an autumn afternoon, her class of UVM students tromps through a floodplain forest with a crew of kids from nearby JJ Flynn Elementary. In 2005, standing inside the soggy remains of her ...

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UVM Business Professor Stuart Hart in his classroom

10-17-2016

SEMBA Rises to No. 2 on Princeton Review's "Best Green MBA" List

The University of Vermont’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) program in the Grossman School of Business continues to bolster its growing reputation as one of the nation's most innovative business programs by climbing to the No. 2 spot on The Princeton Review's “Best Green MBA” list, and claiming two other major ...

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Elizabeth Kolbert

09-12-2016

Elizabeth Kolbert Lecture and '6X Howl' Explore Extinction

Since life emerged from the ooze, there have been five major extinction events on Earth, huge die-offs of the planet’s diversity of plants and animals. Now the sixth extinction is under way — an event unprecedented since the demise of the dinosaurs, sixty-five-million years ago. But this time the cataclysm is not an asteroid ...

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09-05-2016

MBA Students Walk the Walk Worldwide

The first nine months of UVM’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) program teaches students how to address the world’s most serious sustainability challenges. The final three provides an opportunity to prove their skills in the field to leaders of some of America’s top companies.

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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.

07-20-2016

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.

07-06-2016

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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