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.

2020 – 2021 EPAC Members

Students & Alumni One-year/Two-year terms
Alumni Representative Brian Paganini, VP & Managing Director, Quantum BioPower
Undergraduate Student Representatives Emma MacDonald, B.S. Natural Resources 2021
Emily Kaufman, B.A. Environmental Studies 2021
Graduate Student Representative Sabit Nasir, M.S. Energy & Environmental Management
Academic Administrators & Faculty Two-year terms
College of Health, Agriculture & Natural Resources (CAHNR) Indrajeet Chaubey, Dean
(Delegate) Jason Vokoun, Professor and Head, Department Natural Resources & the Environment (NRE), Director of Environmental Science B.S. Program
School of Engineering (SOE) Kazem Kazerounian, Dean
(Delegate) Maria Chrysochoou, Professor and Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) Dean Juli Wade
(Delegate) Lisa Park Boush, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs, Professor, Department of Geosciences
UConn Law School Eboni Nelson, Dean
(Delegate) Joseph MacDougald, Professor-in-Residence and Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law
At-Large Faculty Two-year terms
Political Science Oksan Bayulgen, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Agriculture & Resource Economics Syma Ebbin, Associate Professor In Residence, Research Coordinator of CT Sea Grant, Faculty Advisor, EcoHusky –Avery Point Campus
Geography Carol Atkinson-Palombo, Associate Professor & Director of Environmental Studies B.A. Program
Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering (CESE) Michael Willig, Executive Director, Institute of the Environment & Director, Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Geography Anji Seth, Professor, Department of Geography, Director of Atmospheric Science Group
EcoHouse Learning Community Thomas Hayes, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Department of Political Science, Director EcoHouse Learning Community
Agricultural & Resource Economics Kimberly Rollins, Professor and Head
President's Office Two-year terms
University Communications Tysen Kendig, Vice President
(Delegate) Mike Enright, Deputy Spokesperson
Community Relations Cara Workman, Senior Director of Operations, Office of the President and Director, University Events and Conference Services
Athletics David Benedict, Director
(Delegate) Evan Feinglass, Associate Director of Athletics, Facilities Management & Planning
Senior Operational Staff Standing Member
Facilities Operations & Building Services Mike Jednak, Associate Vice President
Procurement Services John Clifford, Director
University Planning, Design & Construction Laura Cruickshank, Associate Vice President, Master Planner & Chief Architect
(Delegate) Sean Vasington, Associate Director & University Landscape Architect
At-Large Members Two-year terms
Facilities Operations & Building Services Stanley Nolan, Director, Utility Operations & Energy Management
Center for Land Use Education & Research (CLEAR) Chet Arnold, Extension Educator, Co-Founder, Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and CT Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO), Director CLEAR
Dining Services C. Dennis Pierce, Executive Director
Student Affairs Pamela Schipani, Executive Director of Residential Life
Avery Point Campus Jim O'Donnell, Executive Director of The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), Professor of Marine Sciences, Joint Professor of Physics
Department of Extension Bonnie Burr, Assistant Director and Department Head
Facilities Operations & Building Services Aris Ristau, Director, Building Services

Previous EPAC Membership

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.