- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The University of Vermont and two Canadian universities are working to create a new generation of environmental leaders.

UVM, McGill University of Montreal and York University of Toronto, have received a six-year, $2.5 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The schools will use the money to develop a graduate curriculum to produce leaders who can “help reverse recent trends and lighten humanity’s footprint on the planet’s fragile ecosystems.”

The three institutions matched the grant with a total of $2.5 million raised internally at each school and through private donations.

The new program will focus graduate students on redefining and broadening traditional social science disciplines to include contemporary science. The students will use the information to target real world challenges.

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