CDAE Professors and Students Redefine Community Support in a Pandemic

Kelly Hamshaw working with students Chloe Grant, Autumn Strom, and Marissa Yanez in CDAE 271: Local Community Initiatives

Sunlight streams into Kelly Hamshaw’s study in Bristol, Vermont, illuminating the overflowing bookshelves behind her. She is waiting for students to log into her virtual class, CDAE 271: Local Community Initiatives. The University of Vermont Senior Lecturer has logged in fifteen minutes early – intentionally. She does this every class to replicate “pre-class chats” in a remote environment.

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CDAE’s New PhD Program Aims to Build More Sustainable World

The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and political crises raise new challenges for communities across the world. To help meet these challenges, CDAE has just launched a PhD program in Sustainable Development Policy, Economics, and Governance (SDPEG). The timing could not be better.

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UVM Senior and EcoBee Organics Founder Bennett Novak making candles at home.

Community Entrepreneurship Major Launches Business During Pandemic

For Bennett Novak, a UVM senior majoring in community entrepreneurship (CENT), being stuck inside the house all day was anything but a disadvantage. Inspiration struck for Bennett last spring in the midst of the pandemic and remote learning. “Quarantine was honestly the perfect storm,” he explained. “All of a sudden I had so much free time.”

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