Environmental Studies at UVM

Karen Nordstrom

Lecturer, Advisor

Environmental Program, Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences

236B Marsh Life Science

  • 802-656-2673

Advising Appointment Hours: 

Monday 1:30 - 2:30 and Tuesday 1:30 - 3:30. Contact Karen to schedule.

Areas of Interest: 

sustainability and food systems education, human-environment relationships, yoga and sustainable living, contemplative practice, participatory research and evaluation.


Karen’s professional background lies in the interrelated fields of environmental and sustainability education, and emerged from an early career in garden-based education.  Her current work with undergraduate students at the University of Vermont is situated within the field of sustainability education with a focus on food systems.  Within this context, she seeks to investigate the deep relationship that exists between notions of sustainability and contemplative practice.  Through pedagogical praxes grounded in these two fields, her classes examine social, economic, and environmental justice in the interrelated fields of food systems and sustainability.  This work involves an examination of individual and collective values, worldviews, and identities, and the ways in which they intersect with sustainability concepts in the field of food systems.


  • PhD, School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2014
  • MA, Education, California State University Monteray Bay, 2004
  • BSC,Natural Resources Administration, Ohio State University, 1993

Other Courses: 

  • NFS 073 Farm to Table

Professional Affiliations: 

  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Association for the Study of Food & Society
  • Sustainable Agriculture Education Association
  • Association for Contemplative Mind in Society
  • Yoga Alliance