Every spring, volunteers from the EcoHusky student group and EcoHouse learning community come together to raise environmental awareness at Basketball Green Game Days. By teaching fans how to recycle, and collecting bottles at the end of the game, volunteers always play an integral role in making these events “green.” This year’s Green Game Days were special because, for the very first time, the Office of Environmental Policy purchased carbon offsets to make the games carbon-free!
Carbon offsets are credits purchased that represent the reduction of an amount of carbon dioxide emissions. In cases such as powering a basketball game, where it is difficult or impossible to reduce associated emissions, a carbon offset can be purchased to fund the reduction of greenhouse gases elsewhere. This is a great tool for organizations that would like to mitigate their carbon impacts, but when it is not feasible for them to do so directly.
We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their time and enthusiasm. With their help, we were able to collect enough bottles to donate $40 to the Campus Sustainability Fund to support more programs and initiatives to raise environmental awareness. We would also like to thank UConn Athletics for their time and effort to promote sustainability. We greatly appreciate the P.A. announcements, video board slides, and social media posts throughout the events. We look forward to working with you at future Green Game Days!
Today marks the University of Connecticut’s 4th annual Philanthropy Day! This yearly celebration reminds us to thank friends, alumni and other donors of UConn for their philanthropic efforts and investments. Many of our donors give loyal, annual support and others give considerable one-time gifts. But, either way, every gift and donation significantly helps support various organizations, programs and initiatives on the University of Connecticut campus. In total, the University has over 34,000 donors, and thousands of those are our very own UConn alumni. In 2012 alone, our donors gave more than sixty-two million dollars, a third of which supported scholarships and other academic initiatives.
It is very important to take a moment of recognize and pay tribute to those who have made generous contributions to the University. Without their charity, several programs on campus that we all enjoy, benefit from and take for granted could not have been continued.
Here, at the Office of Environmental Policy, we would like to express our thanks not only to all University of Connecticut donors, but especially to our Campus Sustainability Fund donors. Your donations have absolutely helped the University earn the status as the “Coolest School” in the nation. Your donations have also helped the University fund many sustainability events and programs. UConn could not have made this achievement without your loyalty and support to the Campus Sustainability Fund. So today, on Philanthropy Day, we would like to give all of you a tremendous thank you!