Gund researchers at a meeting with decision makers in Costa Rica.

Powered by Partnerships

The Gund Institute for Environment accelerates real-world solutions for society by connecting leading researchers with leaders in government, business, and NGOs.

Through policy outreach, we inform policy and management practices and enhance the role of science in decision-making. We work closely with our partners to understand global environmental challenges, develop innovative solutions, and guide smarter decisions.

Our policy outreach program is designed to:

  • Connect Gund experts with decision-makers so that Gund research has broader impacts;
  • ​Align research efforts with the scientific needs of decision-makers;
  • ​Build capacity among Gund scholars to engage effectively with policymakers.

Innovative research, solutions, and expertise

With more than 70 faculty experts, our research has informed state and national policy on a wide range of topics, including clean air, water quality, forest management, flood risk reduction, economic progress, and endangered species. Gund Policy Briefs provide research insights into pressing issues and frame policy thinking and action.

We develop partnerships that connect research with impact. Our approach in partnerships prioritizes trust, respect, and clear communication. We work with stakeholders that have diverse concerns, values, and goals, such as locally-based refugee populations, state land trusts, federal policymakers, and global companies.


Amanda Sardonis
Director of Policy and Partnerships
University of Vermont
Farrell Hall
210 Colchester Avenue 
Burlington, VT 05405 
Office: (802) 656-2591

Jay Caporale
Assistant Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations
UVM Foundation
Grasse Mount, 411 Main Street
office: (802) 656-3769
cell: (978) 790-1872

Policy Resources

View and download the Gund Policy Outreach Toolkit