Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date March 19, 2014
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University of Vermont
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Gioia Thompson
Sustainability Strategist
UVM Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

UVM requires that all first year students read a particular book during the summer before arriving. The Summer Reading Program is a new student’s first introduction to the academic life of the university. In 2013 all UVM first-year students were required to read "The Ghost Map" by Steve Johnson over the summer. According to the description on the summer reading website, "the book offers unique insights on issues of social justice through the lenses of public health, scientific error, and urban planning. The Ghost Map is a medical detective story based on the London cholera epidemic of 1854. It examines the interconnected systems from social to microbial that shape our greatest cities and govern our fates."
In 2014 the book will be related to Food Systems.

The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:
The Ghost Map

The website URL where information about the theme is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Also see the Food Systems Initiative and the Real Food Challenge website:


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