- Established in 2002 at the University of Vermont with support from the Gund Family.
- 25+ faculty from across UVM are Gund Fellows.
- 35 graduate students from across UVM are Gund Graduate Fellows.
- A global network of 100+ Gund alumni and 30 Affiliated researchers.
- Directors: Taylor Ricketts (2012-17), Jon Erickson (acting, 2009-12), Robert Costanza (2002-10)
- Effective April 2017, GIEE will transform and broaden into the Gund Institute for Environment, following a $6 million gift from the Gund Family.
- Led the Vermont Climate Assessment in 2014, the first university-led state climate assessment in the U.S.
- Key roles in major global initiatives, including UN climate change conferences, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
- Created the Vermont Genuine Progress Indicator, which was adopted by Vermont government in in 2013.
- National leader in Ecological Economics, an academic field that grounds economics to natural sciences.
- Helped Burlington, VT, become a UN Center of Excellence for Sustainability in 2014.
- Created first ever map U.S. wild bee declines.
- Director Taylor Ricketts has been named by Reuters among world’s most influential environmental scholars for three years straight.
- Gund research drove a 2016 International Whaling Commission resolution recognizing the environmental importance of conserving whales
- Bloom, a PBS series on Lake Champlain water quality, received Emmy award in 2011.
- Created Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A), an innovative international graduate program with McGill University, York University and UVM.
- Scholars have published more than 600 scientific papers, including landmark studies on the value of nature, biodiversity conservation, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable entrepreneurship, water quality, sustainable farming, and others.
- Alumni have pursued successful careers in business, government, NGOs and academia, including World Bank, WWF, IBM, Burton, Princeton, Cambridge, Ceres and Cabot Creamery. Partnerships have included: European Union, City of Burlington, Green Mountain Coffee, Virgin Atlantic, Tiffany & Co., CGIAR, Natural Capital Project, Nature Conservancy, USDA, EPA, Harvard, Stanford, McGill, U. of Havana, and state agencies.
- Attracted funding from government agencies, NGOs and private sector, including NASA, Google, NSF, USDA, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Norman Family Foundation.
- Global media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and the Guardian have covered Gund research.
- Gund scholars are regular source of expert witnesses for state and federal governments on environment issues, including climate change, water quality, carbon tax, endangered species, harmful pesticides.
- Held 30+ experiential learning ‘Ateliers’ in Cuba, Brazil, Iceland, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Peru, Dominican Republic, Philippines, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Vermont.
Find recent research highlights on the Gund News webpage.