sustainable energy

UConn and Connecticut Recognized as Leaders in Sustainability

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks at a press conference at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks at a press conference at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering on May 20, 2022. The Department of Energy is preparing to invest $8 billion in regional hydrogen hubs, including the northeastern consortium that UConn has joined. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn’s journey toward clean energy and sustainability is fortified by the exceptional progress highlighted in a special feature by UConn Today. This collective movement, championed by UConn and Connecticut leaders, scholars, innovators, and passionate individuals, is driving us closer to a future propelled by clean energy and a resilient environment.

Through collaboration, research, and transformative initiatives, we’re moving forward on multiple fronts. Our environmental scientists, engineers, and collaborators in the social sciences and humanities are together crafting solutions for energy reliability and community resilience. Our interdisciplinary partnerships with industry leaders, government bodies, and educational institutions are fostering groundbreaking research in areas like decarbonization, sustainable aviation, and storage.

Moreover, we’re acting locally by making our Storrs campus carbon neutral by 2030. Our educational approach empowers students to tackle emerging challenges with mastery and innovation, ensuring the next generation continues to shape a more sustainable world.

Together, our collective efforts not only signify our dedication to change but also represent a beacon of hope for a greener, more sustainable future. 

Read the UConn Today article for a deeper look:

Human Rights Institute and Engineering to Offer Human Rights Minor

Shareen Hertel leads a human rights course at Oak Hall on April 8, 2013. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

The impact of engineering policy and practice on individuals and societies has often been overlooked in engineering education. Yet, engineering technologies and applications – from the extraction and processing of natural resources and manufacture of high-tech electronics to chemical processing and pollution remediation – affect the health, culture, opportunities and well-being of humans in often profound ways.

The University of Connecticut School of Engineering and the Human Rights Institute (HRI) are pleased to announce the expansion of the existing Human Rights minor program at UConn focusing on human rights within the engineering context. The confluence of engineering and human rights education is a natural fit and reflects engineers’ growing awareness that our technological designs, processes, policies and practices transpire within larger ecosystems and contexts. These, in turn, have varying degrees of impact upon the rights and well-being of individuals, families and cultural norms.

New cross-listed courses, including “Assessment for Human Rights & Sustainability” and “Sustainable Energy for the 21st Century” will be offered beginning in the fall 2014 semester and taught jointly by faculty from both disciplines.

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