Environmental Studies at UVM

Eric Garza


Environmental Program, Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources

Areas of Interest: 

Energy systems, food systems, human ecology


Eric Garza is a lecturer at the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources, and the founder and owner of the Aisthetica, a small consulting/education company based in Burlington, Vermont. His courses include Energy Use in Food Systems and Toxics Policy and the Public, although he has also taught Energy Literacy in the past. Eric was the founding chair of the Clean Energy Fund while a doctoral student at UVM, and served on the Socially Responsible Investing Working Group for a term as well. He works with a range of partners studying the energy intensity of food production, focusing particularly on local food systems.


  • Ph.D Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2011
  • M.S. Environmental Science, Indiana University, 2006
  • M.A. Public Affairs, Indiana University, 2006
  • M.S. Biology and Chemistry, Purdue University, 2001

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Energy Cross Cutting Team
  • Farm to Plate Initiative
  • Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Info for Prospective Graduate Students: 

I am not a full-time faculty member, so am willing to advise on an informal basis but do not sponsor graduate students or sit on graduate committees.