Statewide Campus Sustainability Conference to be held at Eastern

Written by Michael Rouleau

Willimantic, Conn. – Connecticut’s college and university campuses are leading the way in sustainability and will share their practices at #SustainU2015, a statewide conference to be held at Eastern Connecticut State University on April 28. Students, faculty and staff from colleges and universities throughout Connecticut—including Eastern, Southern Connecticut State University, Yale, Wesleyan, the University of Connecticut and Connecticut College—will converge in Eastern’s Student Center  to showcase sustainability initiatives that can be adopted by other campuses in the state.

The conference will feature two guest speakers who are leaders in sustainability: Rob Klee, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and Timothy Carter, president of Second Nature, the organization sponsoring the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment—a network of more than 680 institutions of higher education committed to sustainability and climate preparedness. “We are pleased to be hosting the #SustainU2015 conference and look forward to learning from our peers,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “Eastern has a long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility and we strive to create a culture of sustainability on campus by engaging many different groups of people and incorporating sustainability into everything from the academic curriculum to our facilities and operations. This conference is a great opportunity for Connecticut campuses to share ideas and work together to impact issues of global importance.”

#SustainU2015 is co-hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern and Yale University. Sponsored by the Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability, the conference will highlight collaboration among campuses through the themes of social media and sustainability, adaptation and resiliency, and behavior change and engagement. This year’s conference will tap into the power of social media with a pre-conference campus sustainability photo contest through Twitter (@ISE_EasternCT).   #SustainU2015 is supported by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the Connecticut Green Bank. The conference is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.easternct.edu/sustainenergy/events or contact Laura Miller at (860)465-0254.