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Implementation Profile for University of Connecticut

Submitted on May 14, 2008; last updated on January 13, 2015

Institution Information

Commitment Type Carbon
Basic Carnegie Classification Doctorate Granting
Control Public
Location Storrs, CT
Community Setting Large town
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name Susan Herbst
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website
Additional Urls No information provided

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Rich Miller
Implementation Liaison's Title Director
Implementation Liaison's Department Office of Environmental Policy
Institutional Format Task Force
Number of Individuals in Structure 6-10
Stakeholder Groups Represented Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Executive, Staff
Description In the spring of 2008 a CLIMATE ACTION TASK FORCE (CATF) was established ( President Hogan appointed the two co-chairs, Richard Miller, Director of Environmental Policy, and Tom Callahan, AVP of Administration & Operations. The co-chairs then nominated 6 other individuals including a student and the town manager. Those 6 individuals were then appointed by the president, resulting in the eight-member CATF. The task force reported to the President and to UConn's pre-existing ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ADVISORY COUNCIL (EPAC), a 35-member group of faculty, staff, students and an alumnus, which advises the president and provost on environmental sustainability and policy issues (visit for more information on the EPAC). In August, a Climate Action Plan (CAP) Project Manager was hired to help the CATF organize the university's climate action planning process. In Sept. 2008, three workgroups of the CATF were established: Transportation, Energy, and Sustainable Development. Two pre-existing workgroups of the EPAC - Recycling Workgroup and Environmental Literacy Workgroup - also addeded discussion of PCC-related items to their agendas during the 2008-2009 academic year. Therefore, a total of five workgroups were affiliated with the CATF. A faculty co-chair and a staff co-chair were appointed for each workgroup. The workgroup co-chairs, the CAP Project Manager and the CATF Co-chairs worked closely throughout the fall and spring to organize regular workgroup meetings, brainstorm strategies, and survey existing campus initiatives related to the climate action planning process. During the spring, the workgroups met to evaluate and prioritize strategies for inclusion in the final Climate Action Plan (CAP), which was drafted by the CAP Project Manager during the summer of 2009. Summaries of the CATF structure and activities of the five affiliated workgroups is available at: The EPAC will oversee ongoing implementation of the CAP and reporting to AASHE.
Committees and Groups with whom Institution coordinates No information provided