UConn Environmental Policy Advisory Council

Purpose

EPAC is advisory to the President, Provost and other senior administrators about strategies for enhancing the University's environmental performance in:

  • Fostering environmentally sustainable development and mitigating the environmental impacts of our construction activities

  • Improving environmental compliance in our operations

  • Distinguishing our academic, operational and community outreach reputation by promoting environmental leadership initiatives

  • Better integrating environmental principles into the University's governance by ensuring coordination with administrative advisory committees and task forces

EPAC

Functions

The EPAC meets once per semester, or as needed, and may appoint committees and task forces in order to:

  • Develop and revise UConn's environmental policy statement.
  • Identify environmental risks and recommend goals, policies and procedures to address risks and improve environmental performance.
  • Identify opportunities and sponsor initiatives designed to advance and achieve environmental sustainability.
  • Develop strategies for building environmental awareness and engaging students, staff and faculty in environmental initiatives.
  • Advise the University about conservation and development plans and activities.
  • Formulate strategies for dealing with stakeholder groups on environmental issues.
  • Monitor the University's environmental performance and sponsor periodic environmental reports.
  • Help organize and promote outreach events and partnerships that showcase the University's environmental leadership.
  • Nominate and select recipients of the University's environmental leadership awards.

EPAC Workgroups

Membership in the EPAC workgroups is voluntary and consists of University faculty, staff, and students. If you are interested in joining one of these workgroups, please contact the workgroup chair whose information can be found on the websites below.

  • Recycling: evaluates the effectiveness of components of the University recycling program and makes recommendations for improvements and enhancements.
EPAC Meeting

Former Subcommittees and Related Workgroups

  • Land Use and Sustainable Development Subcommittee: formed to develop "green"Horsebarn Hill Skyline building and low-impact design principles for our construction program, foster open space conservation, and encourage natural resource protection and habitat restoration.
  • Environmental Outreach Subcommittee: formed to promote environmental awareness and increase environmental responsibility within the UConn community; to enhance environmental literacy; and to improve the University reputation in environmental performance and community relations on environmental issues.
  • Compliance and Best Practices Subcommittee: formed to examine initiatives that impact day to day operations at the University, including "green" procurement, waste management, conserving resources, and minimization of air and water quality impacts. The subcommittee has since expanded to several workgroups focused on specific initiatives within the CBP scope of goals.
  • Environmental Literacy Workgroup: formed to assist in identifying and implementing initiatives that promote environmental awareness and education amongst the University community. This workgroup has since expanded to form the Green Campus Academic Network (GCAN), with the purpose of raising awareness among interested faculty members about opportunities for engagement and collaboration in campus sustainability activities, events, and research opportunities.
  • UConn Climate Action Task Forces: Transportation,
    Sustainable Development, Energy, and Water Conservation workgroups were appointed as part of the UConn Climate Action Task Forces. These task forces have since accomplished their primary task of writing their respective sections of the Climate Action Plan (CAP), but may be reconvened in the future for updates and revisions.

Membership