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Dean's Message

Centering Our Rubenstein School Community

Nancy MathewsWelcome Class of 2022, welcome back Rubenstein School Students and Faculty, and greetings Alumni and Friends! As we launch a very active fall semester, I would like to take a moment to “center” all of us on the UVM Rubenstein School’s core values that help to create our strong and diverse learning community. These values strengthen our resolve to be an outstanding school of the environment, providing an excellent learning community, while striving to prepare our students to become environmental leaders and changemakers. 

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Feature Stories

The Dirt on Greenhouse Gases

Carol AdairThe thousands of farms that quilt Vermont’s landscape, from the southern foothills of the Green Mountains to the shores of Lake Champlain and the Quebec border, have long made the state an icon of bucolic, healthy living. But what lies beneath the soil? And, more importantly, how does it impact the air above — the air that Vermonters and their global neighbors all breathe? That’s what Carol Adair, a researcher at the University of Vermont, is attempting to discover ....

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Making Our Own Change

Cat Lawrence, Kunal Palawat, Kirsti Carr at podiumHow can the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont be consistently welcoming and supportive of students of all backgrounds and perspectives? How can education in the environment and natural resources open itself to the full spectrum of humanity? The School has been grappling with these vital questions for three decades — and they came to the fore with new urgency during the 2017-18 academic year.

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How Forests Improve Kids' Diets

A father carries child on back in a fieldA first-of-its-kind global study shows that children in 27 developing countries have better nutrition--when they live near forests. The results turn on its head the common assumption that improving nutrition in poorer countries requires clearing forests for more farmland--and, instead, suggest that forest conservation could be an important tool for aid agencies seeking to improve the nutrition of children.

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Surprising Recovery of Red Spruce Shows Value of Clean Air Act

Alexandra Kosiba cores treeSince the 1960s, scientists at the University of Vermont have been documenting the decline of red spruce trees, casualties of the damage caused by acid rain on northeastern forests. But now, surprising new research shows that red spruce are making a comeback—and that a combination of reduced pollution mandated by the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act and changing climate are behind the resurgence.

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Beyond the Classroom, Atop the Mountain

Students at top of Stowe gondola liftVermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort has provided students in the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources with educational opportunities on its slopes for nearly two decades.

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Managing Forests for Old Growth Traits to Boost Carbon Storage

Bill KeetonThe traditional concept of an old growth forest conjures visions of tall trees; massive, moss-covered logs; and a forest floor teeming with understory plants, animals, and other organisms. Professor Bill Keeton, a forest ecologist in the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, is experimenting to see if he can accelerate the development of old growth conditions in northeastern forests.

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Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program Receives “Institute” Designation, Sees Significant Increase in Funding

Lake ChamplainThe Lake Champlain Sea Grant program has a new designation – and a bigger budget for its work. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Sea Grant College Program have granted the program Institute status. With the new designation comes a 150 percent increase in its base budget – from $400,000 to $1 million annually – in federal support for research, outreach and education to improve the environment and economy in the Lake Champlain Basin.

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