Mission


 

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The mission of the Vermilion Sea Institute is to foster sustainable and enriching relationships between human societies and the ecosystems that support them. Because we recognize that these relationships are complex and multi-dimensional, VSI supports and implements programs that address not only ecological, but also cultural, economic, and sociopolitical aspects of environmental issues. Our work takes several different forms, but the projects are united by common themes: first, our approach is usually interdisciplinary, because the environmental problems we contend with require it; and second, we leverage our limited resources by investing in individuals whose advancement of VSI’s mission will reach far beyond the extent and duration of our support. By helping individuals—from students to farmers to entrepreneurs—access the intellectual and financial resources they need to undertake successful careers or projects that contribute to environmental sustainability, VSI makes an investment that continues to compound its value to our cause.