Thank you for your interest in UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and Move Mountains: The Campaign for the University of Vermont. The generous support and involvement of alumni and friends is integral to advance the Rubenstein School's priorities of teaching & research, student scholarships & fellowships, and internship experiences & other experiential learning opportunities for our students. We hope you will join in this effort!

If you would like to make a gift to the Rubenstein School, unrestricted gifts can be directed to the RSENR Dean's Discretionary Fund for use by our Dean to address the School's evolving needs. You may also restrict your gift to the RSENR Scholarship Fund used to support students who need additional financial assistance to remain at the University. The list of funds below represents key areas that make us one of the nation's foremost environmental and natural resource programs. For even more fund choices or other ways your philanthropy can benefit Rubenstein School students, faculty, and programming, please contact Sarah Sprayregen at 802-656-3251 or

To make a secure gift online, link to UVM's alumni and friends giving page for the Rubenstein School.

Thank you very much for your support.

Giving Opportunities

Aiken Center

Aiken Living Lab Fund

The George D. Aiken Center, home of the Rubenstein School, was renovated to a LEED-certified green building in 2012. We have now set as our goal that all Rubenstein School academic buildings will be carbon neutral by the end of 2016. This includes the Aiken Center, Johnson House, and Bittersweet House. This fund will support the new Rubenstein School "Net-Zero" effort while also benefitting teaching and research. Funds support enhancements to reach net-zero carbon emissions using solar power and energy efficiency, experiments with an Eco-Machine in treating building wastewater, stormwater monitoring with the green roof's simulated watersheds, energy management through a dashboard monitoring system, ecological landscaping and interior decorating with eco-art and natural materials, and on-going student engagement in internships and class projects.

Two students conducting field sampling

Student Enrichment Fund

This fund directly benefits Rubenstein School students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Annual gifts from alumni, parents, and friends provide the Rubenstein School with flexible funding that can be applied each year to a variety of student needs and enrichments, including assistance with field/travel courses, seminars, and student research projects. All gifts to the Student Enrichment Fund support student academic pursuits, helping to ensure that they have an outstanding educational experience.

Student intern works with Vermont Fish and Wildlife to tag a goose

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources Internship Fund

Internships are important opportunities for students to explore career interests, build relevant skill sets, and make connections in their fields of interest. Increasingly, internships are becoming the basis for success in the classroom and set the stage for career possiblities. While the importance of student internships is very clear, most students cannot afford to take unpaid internships during the academic year or during the summer months. This fund will allow our students to experience internships, and our external partners will benefit from having a student/worker who is accountable to both the employer and the Rubenstein School. Learn more about the Rubenstein School internship program.

Lawrence and Anne Forcier Scholarship Fund

This fund provides scholarship assistance to deserving undergraduate students. Established in 1999 in honor of former SNR Dean Larry Forcier, the name of the fund was amended in 2004 to also honor Anne Forcier, who has dedicated her career to higher education and success of students. Scholarship recipients are selected based on financial need, academic performance, and ecological literacy. Gifts to the Lawrence and Anne Forcier Scholarship Fund help cement this endowment fund as the cornerstone of the Rubenstein School's undergraduate scholarship assistance program. Learn more about Larry's long and illustrious career at UVM.

Researchers out on lake

Rubenstein Laboratory and Lake Studies Fund

Lake Studies is a hallmark of the Rubenstein School's teaching and research. The Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, located at the foot of College Street on Lake Champlain's waterfront, is busy year-round. Both undergraduate and graduate students work alongside our faculty scientists to address challenges for the State's largest freshwater lake and watershed. These findings can be applied to other freshwater lakes and tributaries across the globe. This fund supports the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory and Lake Studies Program which includes students and their research.

Melosira research vessel on lake

Melosira Research Vessel Fund

The Melosira, the School's research vessel, is integral to assuring hands-on quality programming critical to lake research, contributing to the health and vitality of Lake Champlain. This fund ensures that the Melosira is fully functional, including necessary upgrades to maintain the vessel with state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

Two students hold test tubes

Donald H. DeHayes Multicultural Scholarship Fund

This fund provides annual scholarship assistance to one or more full-time students enrolled in the School. Created in 2006 by a friend of the School, this endowed scholarship honors former Dean Don DeHayes, his passion for multiculturalism, and his success in leading the Rubenstein School to considerable achievements. Preference may be given to students from our partner school, the High School for Environmental Studies in New York City. Read a story about scholarship recipients.

Two students doing forest measurements

Forestry Program Fund

The Rubenstein School's Forestry Program trains students to meet the needs of the 21st century, which include managing forests for resilience, adaptation, and climate mitigation. The Program provides students with an education in ecologically responsible forestry, emphasizing the complex landscapes of the northeastern U.S., while also stressing global context and change - all with a high level of hands-on field classes, internships, research experience, and forest management projects. This fund supports the general purposes of the Forestry Program.

Votta and Walker

Thomas J. Votta Fund for the Environment

This fund provides annual graduate fellowship assistance to students who, like Tom Votta '89, wish to make a difference in solving environmental problems using environmental best practices to meet this goal. Recipients must be studying in the areas of environmental engineering, environmental science, or environmental business at one or more of the following: College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, or the School of Business Administration. This person will be known as the Thomas J. Votta Scholar.

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To make a gift by check, please make your check payable to The University of Vermont, Rubenstein School and indicate which fund or program area you would like to support. Send your gift to:

The University of Vermont Foundation
ATTN: Sarah Sprayregen, Director of Major Gifts
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405

To make a gift over the phone, call 888-458-8691.