Sustainable UConn

On Campus Sustainability Day, a roundup of sustainability news from the latest research, to student endeavors, and 'green' initiatives.

'Green' light bulb.

UConn is celebrating Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 22, 2014.

Rich Miller, director of the Office of Environmental Policy, says the University is committed to leadership in campus sustainability.

“From the Office of Environmental Policy, our thanks to the countless students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and other stakeholders throughout the University community for the vital role you play in our success,” he says. “We’re proud of the many initiatives and accomplishments that have earned UConn a top 10 ranking in both the Cool Schools and GreenMetric World University ratings for each of the past three years.”

Read the latest Sustainability Progress Report.

Here are a selection of recent UConn Today posts featuring the latest sustainability news, green initiatives, new research, and student endeavors.

Latest News

Gampel Pavilion on First Night, Oct. 17.

‘Green’ Lighting to be Installed at Gampel Pavilion

New lights to be installed this winter will drastically reduce energy consumption and costs at the arena.


The EPA's P3 competition logo.

Student Researchers Win EPA Sustainability Grant

A UConn student team has won a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency in the first phase of the national P3 competition.


Green Initiatives

UConn President Susan Herbst speaks at an event to announce the launch of the Institute for Community Resiliency and Climate Adaptation held on Jan. 24, 2014 at the Branford House at the University of Connecticut Avery Point campus in Groton. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

New Institute to Focus on Adapting to Climate Change

The Institute for Community Resiliency and Climate Adaptation will develop best practices for managing the risks from extreme weather events.


Amanda Bunce, a master's degree student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, climbs a 30 foot ladder in order to affix a monitoring device to a red oak. (Sheila Foran/UConn Photo)

UConn Tree Program Cuts Chances of Power Outages

A new statewide program integrates sound forest management and research to reduce the damage caused by extreme weather.



wind turbine

No Evidence Wind Turbines Depress Property Prices

A UConn researcher’s new study finds no evidence that wind turbines negatively affect home prices or sales.


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Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Law professor Joe MacDougald discusses a recent Supreme Court decision challenging the EPA’s authority to regulate power plant emissions.


The Serra Grande forest in northeastern Brazil has large plantation clearings where sugar cane has been grown for more than 100 years. A significant portion of this landscape is now being considered to undergo forest restoration under new Brazilian forest codes. (Photo by Adriano Gambarini)

Regenerating Tropical Forests

UConn biology professor Robin Chazdon is leading an international research project on tropical forest regeneration.


The natural gas fuel cell outside the Center for Clean Energy Engineering at UConn's Depot campus. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Receives Gift for Global Energy Sustainability Program

UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering and Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation, and Technion Israel’s Grand Technion Energy Program, are advancing sustainable energy research.


Student Endeavors

Emily McInerney '15 (CAHNR) takes air samples from wetland plots near the Kellogg Dairy Center on June 24, 2014. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Studying Wetlands as a Producer of Greenhouse Gases

Student researcher Emily McInerney ’15 (CAHNR) is studying the emission of methane from wetlands.


Eva Nelson '15 (CANR) plants seeds in plastic bottles to be given out during the UConn Earth Day Spring Fling held along Fairfield Way on April 22, 2014. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Spring Fling Celebrates Sustainability

UConn students marked Earth Day 2014 with a range of activities to promote environmental awareness.