Environmental Studies at UVM

Welcome to the Environmental Program

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Founded in 1972 by UVM presidential mandate, the campus-wide Environmental Program was established to meet the need for greater understanding of the ecological and cultural systems supporting all life on earth. Environmental studies (ENVS) students and faculty at UVM form a vibrant and creative culture. We encourage community engagement through internships and service learning and we actively support student advocacy and political awareness. We promote environmental education at all levels as well as artistic expression of environmental values. Our community is a lively hub of activity, taking up local and global issues with passion and rigor. We believe in collaborative problem-solving and the power of human imagination to create a more sustainable future. We think you will find this Program a beacon of hope amidst the very challenging environmental dilemmas that face humanity.

Announcements & Events


January 30, 2017:




Nathan Sanders, Director of the Environmental Studies Program and Professor, published leading climate research unveiling the effects of global warming on mountaintops. Josh Brown writes, "Now, a new, first-of-its kind study, in the journal Nature, shows how these mountain ecosystems around the globe may be threatened by climate change." Read the article here!

November 2, 2016:
Tom Hudspeth, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies & Natural Resources was just awarded the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAEE) prestigious Walter E. Jeske Award. Read more here.


UVM Lecture/Speaker Events

Events hosted by UVM's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics


ENVS Advising

Click here for an overview of the ENVS major and minor.

Drop-in course advising sessions at Bittersweet with Ibit Wright, Rory Shamlian and ENVS Peer Mentors. 

Monday 10:00 - 11:30
Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 

Please come prepared with questions. Review our website, particularly our fall term advising tools, and the Registrar's Fall '17 Schedule of Courses (SOC).
Know your college/school requirements.
We look forward to seeing you.

FOR AN INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENT with an ENVS advisor, please call 802-656-4055, or stop by Bittersweet House from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

We don't schedule appointments via email.

Bring questions, and please inform yourself here on our website before you come. We're happy to help you on your way!

Our Mission & History

Please take a look at our mission statement and core learning outcomes to see how we frame the student experience in this popular UVM environmental program.

See our beautiful, 36 page publication of the 40 year story of the UVM Environmental Program.  Learn more about our founding, history, and community of creative thinkers and active participants.  Click the image below to view an interactive version, or you can download the large PDF.  Or, if you want us to send you a paper copy, please e-mail Ibit Wright.