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Climate Action at UConn

Climate ActionThe University of Connecticut is a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (PCC), which means that the University is striving towards a carbon neutral campus by the year 2050.

The bulk of our climate initiatives can be found in our Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP currently focuses on strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the University. Our progress is being tracked through an annual greenhouse gas inventory. In 2012, an additional section to the CAP was written to include mitigation and adaptation strategies for the University. These two kinds of strategies will prepare the University for whatever effects of climate change we see.

The CAP was created through the efforts of five Climate Action Task Forces (CATFs). A new task force known as the Climate Change Adaptation Task Force (CCATF) was created in 2011 to update the CAP.

Click here to view UConn's 2020 Vision for Campus Sustainability & Climate Leadership.

Climate Action Plan

The 2015 Interim Assessment of UConn's Climate Action Plan summarizes background information related to UConn's Climate Action Plan (CAP) commitment to a carbon‐neutral campus and reviews progress made since the CAP was approved in 2010 and reaffirmed by President Herbst in 2012. The assessment uses data derived from past experience to estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions/reductions to be achieved from ongoing and potential projects. Energy models and emissions factors were also used to estimate anticipated GHG increases from planned capital improvements and the addition of fuel‐burning equipment. If reliable cost data is available for projects, it is cited in order to recommend the most effective ways to meet or exceed our interim carbon reduction goals.

See the Climate Action Plan here:

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