Welcome Back - A Bluebird Day
If you like sun and blue skies it would be hard to find a more perfect morning for the start of the semester. I started the semester, like 50 students standing in front of me, waiting for the Covid Testing Center to open. We stood 6 feet apart, a dairy cow’s length, while the testing staff smiled, and cheerfully ushered us through the snaking line to testing tables. Despite the long line, we got through quickly and were ushered back out into this Bluebird Day (I had to look up the history of the word to make sure it wasn't solely reserved for those amazing ski days that so many Vermonters and Catamounts love). So as we start a new academic year, totally unlike those of years past, with masks and online courses and shuttered buildings, there is reason for optimism. All summer long, staff and faculty and the administration have worked tirelessly to try to bring back some semblance of our in-person UVM community.
It starts in earnest today. With all this preparation, good behavior and some luck thrown in, we are hopeful for a successful semester. Bluebird days – a bonus.
Remote Environmental Service Project Capstone
With the onset of COVID-19, the Environmental Program is offering a fourth capstone based in service learning and in full compliance of remote-only polices.
Director's Updates - Dr. Amy Seidl Named President’s Distinguished Senior Lecturer
Director’s Update – No surprise to The Environmental Program faculty, staff and student body that Dr. Amy Seidl is this year's Distinguised Senior Lecturer. Read the article about her award here.
Brendan Fisher – Director – Environmental Program
Gain hands-on experience working locally and globally on solving environmental problems.
Studying the Environment at UVM as an undergraduate will prepare you for a wide range of careers in an evolving world.
"We're not isolated here," he said. Ivakhiv agrees that no individual city, state or country can solve the climate crisis on its own. But he says it's worth it for Vermont to enact its own policies because it sets an example. "You can argue that if we can, we should be taking the lead," he said.
Change the World
Professor Trish O’Kane teaches “Birding to Change the World”, where UVM students head to Burlington's Derway Island where they walk through a floodplain forest with students from nearby JJ Flynn Elementary. It's on Derway Island that the students learn from birds, their environment, and each other.