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


June 1, 2017:

Cool new paper by Amy Seidl and others on how students learn about sustainability and climate change across the curriculum.

May 19, 2017: 

Some current and recent recipients of the Ian Worley Award, pictured with Nathan Sanders, Ian Worley, and Gary Simpson.

Soon-to-be ENVS grads and the faculty and staff celebrated a lovely night on the terrace of the Waterman building.

May 4, 2017: 

Congratulations to Ernesto Mendez for becoming a Full Professor, to Brendan Fisher for receiving tenure and to Amy Seidl for becoming a Senior Lecturer! 

May 3, 2017:

Rachelle Gould, Assistant Professor, just had a novel paper published in the journal Ecosystem Services. The paper points out that while “Ecosystem Services” attract lots of attention, the Cultural Ecosystem Services that nature provides have largely been ignored. Her paper proposes three new “Cultural Ecosystem Services,” based on empirical data from Hawaii. Those three services are:

Ingenuity: ecosystems aid in developing innovative ideas, approaches, or practices
Life teaching: an ecosystem’s provision of opportunities for learning life lessons and personal values
Perspective: ecosystems’ helping people to gain perspective on their place in the world, to see where they fit, or to "put things back in perspective"

To read more, check out the full article here.

April 24, 2017: 

ENVS 002 does the 2017 VPIRG Youth Lobby Day

On April 12, forty students from UVM’s Environmental Program traveled to Montpelier for the annual VPIRG Youth Lobby Day. Students and Teaching Assistants from Katlyn Morris’ ENVS 002 course attended as an optional field trip for the class to witness local governance firsthand, and to take a stand in support of climate legislation. Read the full story - several students share photos and reflections from the experience. 


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, ENVS Student Services Coordinator, and the ENVS Peer Mentors.  First come, first served.

Mon., Aug. 28. 17th to Fri., Sept. 8th
Mon.,Wed. and Fri.  2:00 - 4:00 pm
Tues., Thurs.  10:00 - 11:30 am

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.

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.