We need environmental solutions – fast.

That’s where we come in. The Gund Institute for Environment mobilizes scholars and leaders to understand and solve critical environmental issues. 

Connecting the University of Vermont with the world, we accelerate research and bring scholars and decision-makers together, focusing on environmental issues at the interface of four pressing research themes: climate solutions, health and well-being, sustainable agriculture, and resilient communities. 

Forward together.

Global challenges span disciplines – and so does our approach. By bringing together the right people – from across academia, government, business and society – we speed up the rate of discovery, develop real-world solutions, and help build a sustainable future. 

The Gund Institute is comprised of 150 faculty Fellows and Affiliates from UVM and leading organizations worldwide, and exceptional students and postdoctoral researchers. We are a leader in integrating the traditional disciplines of natural social sciences, business, health, technology, engineering and the humanities. 

Discovery Drives Action.

Gund research themes echo several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This connects our work to global priorities, increases opportunities to impact policy, and positions our researchers to pursue novel and powerful research questions that accelerate solutions for people and the planet.

Mission

Mobilize scholars and leaders to understand and solve the world’s critical environmental problems.

Strategy

1. Catalyze transdisciplinary research. The Gund accelerates research through seed grants, PhD and postdoctoral fellowships, undergraduate scholarships, and more. 

2. Connect UVM with external scholars and leaders. The Gund connects UVM scholars to colleagues worldwide through our affiliates, visiting scholars, symposia, and events. We build relationships with government, industry, and civil society. And communicate effectively to bring greater attention to UVM discoveries and problem-solving efforts.

3. Focus on critical environmental problems. The Gund targets environmental issues at the interface of four research themes:

  • Climate solutions
  • Health and well-being
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Resilient communities