UConn Office of Environmental Policy

Promoting sustainability at UConn


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Meet Christopher!

Today on our Meet the Interns series we have Christopher Bruno!

Chris will be starting his second year at UConn in the fall, majoring in Resource Economics with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy.  He also plans to major in Business Fundamentals and Geographic Information Systems.  He cares a lot about environmental studies and was very excited about this internship when he learned about it from his adviser.

“The objective of what I am doing is to better our economic circumstances given our environment’s limited sources. There is a lot to be accounted for when we exploit our environment and I want to continue to find out just how much our environmental impact is costing us. I hope to learn enough to aid in the process of producing sustainable and economically feasible future plans. I will be learning more about how I can do this through my OEP internship and through my classes.

I recently went on a study abroad program in Costa Rica through the GREEN Program and have learned a lot about sustainability and renewable energy. While in Costa Rica, I visited various renewable energy plants and learned about them as well through an Enerdynamics program. I also helped set up water collection systems on small, local houses, seeing firsthand how simple, cost-effective projects could be implemented in many places without any hassle. I finished the trip off by working with a group of students and experts to produce an economically and sustainably efficient plan to reduce waste-water in a micro-apartment complex in Manhattan. The plan was based off of a new project in the city and could be implemented in retro-fitting buildings and other new projects. This trip validated my passion for what I study and is a big reason I was heavily interested in this internship.”

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone and working in the Office of Environmental Policy. The experience I will gain in this position will help me in reaching my goal of becoming an Environmental Consultant. I can’t wait to see how our projects have an impact on the campus and areas around it.”

Chris will be working on Central Warehouse Cleanup, Campus Sustainability Day, Football Game Days, the Campus Sustainability Fund, and UConn Foundation and Development activities, so look for his face at events next year!