Environmental Studies at UVM

ENVS 156 SU: Permaculture

This course provides students with an introduction to the principles of permaculture. As a multidimensional and transdisciplinary approach to sustainable living, permaculture is a “way of thinking”. We will explore the permaculture approach via a process of knowledge and experience stacking. This is what I call a grassroots educational pursuit. Through a combination of lectures, field trips, in-class activities, written reflections, guest speakers and films, we will explore each of the fundamental principles underlying the permaculture paradigm. This class is designed as a primer for students looking to take a formal Permaculture Design Course (PDC). Skills and techniques for “reading the landscape,” developing site-responsive design, and representing interpretations and plans through visual maps and public presentations will be developed through a collaborative design by students in groups. Prerequisites: 3 credits in basic biology or ecology. Enrollment Limit: 40 per lecture and 20 each recitation section.


Victor Izzo




Fall, Spring, Cross-Listed Course

Breadth Requirement: 

Natural Science (NS)


3 credits in basic biology or ecology

Enrollment Limit: