The University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment will host a virtual event, Sustainability in the Pandemic Era, on April 21 from 2:30-4 pm EDT.This Earth Week panel discussion will showcase perspectives on COVID-19 from Gund Fellows and Affiliates, including reports on preliminary research, and provide a forum for sharing promising ideas and opportunities for collaborative work. Topics include food insecurity, disease ecology, mental health, Sustainable Development Goals, rebuilding our economy and more.
Confirmed panelists include:
- Meredith Niles (Fellow, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences), who is co-leading a national survey on food insecurity related to the pandemic.
- Chris Danforth (Fellow, Complex Systems) who has tracked coronavirus trends on social media, and the pandemic’s dramatic reduction of global happiness.
- Stephanie Seguino (Fellow, College of Arts & Sciences), who is interested in equity issues regarding patterns of infection, as well as impacts of economic stimulus.
- Brendan Fisher (Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources), who is analyzing the pandemic’s effect on global progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
- Luz de Wit (Postdoctoral Fellow, Rubenstein School), who studies the ecology of novel infectious diseases, including how they jump from other species to people.
- Jon Erickson (Fellow, Rubenstein School), who is working on economic inequality, rebuilding a sustainable economy, and the pandemic’s climate impacts.