|Submission Date||March 19, 2014|
UVM Office of Sustainability
The University of Vermont has collectively defined sustainability research most recently through the work of the “Envisioning Environment Work Group,” (EEWG) which was charged by the UVM Provost in October 2012 to inventory and assess UVM programs broadly related to the environment. Composed of twelve faculty members from seven colleges/schools and supported by the Associate Provost for Curricular Affairs, the EEWG purposefully chose to redefine their charge as an inventory and assessment of “Environment, Sustainability, and Health,” or ESH, programs. They believed this broader ESH definition fit with a “comprehensive systems approach that addresses the synergistic relationships necessary for long-term planetary and human well-being.” In the ESH definition, the term “sustainability” was considered by the Work Group to emphasize “the long view and the power of economic, social, and policy choices to sustain human and nonhuman life.”
Environment Sustainability and Health (ESH) Research definition: ESH research is part of a “comprehensive systems approach addressing the synergistic relationships necessary for long-term planetary and human well-being” and “sustainability” is specifically recognized as emphasizing “the long view and the power of economic, social, and policy choices to sustain human and nonhuman life.”
-Source: UVM Envisioning Environment Work Group Report, February 25, 2013; Page 7, http://www.uvm.edu/provost/envisioningenvironment/Envisioning%20Env%20Report%202.25.13%20FINAL.pdf
The first inventory of sustainability research is included in the report of the Envisioning Environment Work Group posted on the website of the Office of the Provost
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