UConn has once again been rated among the nation’s greenest schools in the Sierra Club’s annual “Cool Schools” rankings, which evaluate universities for their environmental sustainability. This year, UConn ranks #8, and maintains prominence as one of the world’s most sustainable campuses.
The Sierra Club rankings are determined using data collected by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS self-reporting tool. Those results are reported in the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index. The Sierra Club then applies additional environmental criteria to arrive at its final rankings.
UConn has much to be proud of in the measures implemented to ensure the campus continues to move in a sustainable direction and maintains “top performer” classification in many areas such as campus and public engagement, food and dining, and prioritizing sustainable curriculum especially since UConn adopted an environmental literacy general education requirement in 2019.
Scroll down to see just a few of the many measures taken to help make UConn a sustainable leader in higher education.
“It seems like everyone at UConn wants to be a part of the sustainability movement,” says Miller. “Hardly a semester goes by when we’re not collaborating on a new initiative with a different UConn partner, like last spring semester when we worked with UConn’s Werth Institute to organize a sustainability-themed UConn Hack-a-thon.”
The event awarded thousands of dollars in prize money to teams of UConn students who designed entrepreneurial solutions to vexing environmental problems. Measures across the university, large and small, led by employees in all departments, as well student groups and other members of the university community, make a difference, says Miller.
Visit sierraclub.org to see what UConn and other “cool schools” are doing to work toward a more sustainable future.