Karen’s professional background lies in the interrelated fields of environmental and sustainability education, and emerged from an early career in garden-based education. Her current work with undergraduate students at the University of Vermont is situated within the field of sustainability education with a focus on food systems. Within this context, she seeks to investigate the deep relationship that exists between notions of sustainability and contemplative practice.
Through pedagogical praxes grounded in these two fields, her classes examine social, economic, and environmental justice in the interrelated fields of food systems and sustainability. This work involves an examination of individual and collective values, worldviews, and identities, and the ways in which they intersect with sustainability concepts in the field of food systems.