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