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University of Connecticut .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
  • Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Topic: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Storrs, United States (The)
  • Date of completion: 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
Action network
  • This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Susan Herbst - President
University of Connecticut


University of Connecticut

Description/achievement of initiative

In Spring, 2012, new University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst reaffirmed UConn's commitment to sustainability with a public renewed pledge to the University's Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP has been UConn's guiding document for sustainable initiatives, identifying targets, goals, and specific action items toward a carbon-neutral campus by 2050.

Implementation methodologies

These action items address energy efficiency, low impact development, waste reduction, smart building technologies, renewable energy, and improvement of public transportation options. They also address academic goals related to renewable energy resource development, climate change evaluation and monitoring, environmental literacy, and leadership in climate change adaptation. These goals touch every academic and support department in the University. Additionally, the University Academic Plan lists environmental and social responsibility/ sustainability as one of only three defined high-level goals for the period ending in 2014.

The University participates in annual reporting to ACUPCC and AASHE for monitoring. Transparency is embedded in every part of the reporting process as a part of the US and Connecticut state reporting system.

Deliverable Date
Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2015
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff dedicated to sustainable practices
Copyright United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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