UConn Office of Environmental Policy

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Campus Sustainability Day

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Yesterday, UConn observed an important day in the world of environmentalism: Campus Sustainability Day.  This event was especially exciting this year, as it gave us the opportunity to celebrate our new #1 ranking in the Sierra Club’s “Coolest Schools” Survey!

In the morning, representatives from green organizations like the Sierra Club and EcoHusky Avery Point, as well as students, faculty, donors, and members of university departments who assisted in the completion of and success of the AASHE STARS survey gathered enthusiastically for a celebratory breakfast and remarks by President Herbst.  The president spoke about the pride our university feels from the new ranking, as well as the enduring importance of environmental sustainability.

Catering provided a delicious and locally sourced breakfast!

Catering provided a delicious and locally sourced breakfast!

Despite the early time, many people came to celebrate UConn's accomplishments in sustainability!

Despite the early time, many people came to celebrate UConn’s accomplishments in sustainability!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OEP staff and interns talk to the many people who helped us get to #1

OEP staff and interns talk to the many people who helped us get to #1

Later that day, we continued our celebration with a fun and educational viewing of the movie WALL-E, which was open to all members of the student body.  (For those of you who haven’t seen it, check it out!  It does a wonderful job of being both entertaining and informative on the topic of resource sustainability.)

Spring Valley Student Farm Students tabling outside the theater.

Spring Valley Student Farm Students tabling outside the theater.

Student Groups sharing their projects with the audience

Student Groups sharing their projects with the audience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As students filtered into the theater, environmental groups on campus like Spring Valley Farm, EcoHouse, the Environmental Committee of Honors Council, and EcoHusky spoke about their roles in campus sustainability.  Then, students kicked back and enjoyed the film, which prepared them for a lively post-movie discussion about sustainability initiatives at UConn, as well as ways to better reach students on topics concerning the environment.

About 65 students came out to enjoy Wall-E and talk about sustainability

About 65 students came out to enjoy Wall-E and talk about sustainability

We had a great group of students stay after for our discussion of sustainability at UConn

We had a great group of students stay after for our discussion of sustainability at UConn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all who made this day such a fantastic celebration!

-Kerrin

For more information on yesterday’s Campus Sustainability Day’s events, please read these Daily Campus articles written by Molly Miller:

Author: UConn OEP

The Office of Environmental Policy at the University of Connecticut brings together students, faculty, staff, and the community for a more environmentally sustainable campus.

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