In 2017, GIEE was replaced by the Gund Institute for Environment with a broader mission: to mobilize scholars and leaders to understand and solve the world’s most important environmental challenges. Below is a brief summary of selected highlights of 15 years of GIEE scholarly activity
- Established in 2002 at the University of Vermont with support from the Gund Family.
- Directors: Taylor Ricketts (2012-17), Jon Erickson (acting, 2009-12), Robert Costanza (2002-10)
- GIEE scholars published more than 600 scientific papers.
- Alumni have pursued successful careers in business, government, NGOs and academia, including World Bank, WWF, IBM, Princeton, and Cambridge.
- Partnerships included: European Union, City of Burlington, Green Mountain Coffee, Virgin Atlantic, Tiffany & Co., CGIAR, Natural Capital Project, Nature Conservancy, USDA, EPA, Harvard, Stanford, McGill and state agencies.
- Attracted funding from government agencies, NGOs and private sector, including NASA, Google, NSF, USDA, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Norman Family Foundation.
- The GIEE was replaced by the Gund Institute for Environment in April 2017.
- As of 2017, the GIEE had:
- 25 current faculty Fellows.
- 35 current graduate student Fellows.
- A global network of 100+ Gund alumni and 30 Affiliated researchers.
- International leader in Ecological Economics, an transdisciplinary field that grounds economics to natural sciences.
- GIEE researchers attracted global media coverage, including major stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and the Guardian.
- Director Taylor Ricketts named by Reuters among world’s most influential environmental scholars for three years straight.
- Scholars participated in major global initiatives, including UN Climate Change Conferences, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
- Gund research drove a 2016 International Whaling Commission resolution recognizing the environmental importance of conserving whales.
- Created first ever map U.S. wild bee declines.
- Launched Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A), an innovative international graduate program with Canada’s McGill and York universities.
- Led 30+ experiential learning ‘Ateliers’ in Cuba, Brazil, Iceland, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Peru, Dominican Republic, Philippines, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Vermont.
- Led the Vermont Climate Assessment in 2014, the first university-led state climate assessment in the U.S.
- GIEE scholars helped Burlington, VT, become a UN Center of Excellence for Sustainability in 2014.
- Created the Vermont Genuine Progress Indicator, which was adopted by Vermont government in in 2013.
- GIEE scholars served as expert witnesses for state and federal governments on environment issues, including climate change, water quality, carbon tax, endangered species, harmful pesticides.
- Bloom, a PBS series on Lake Champlain water quality, received Emmy award in 2011.