Posts Tagged ‘ UConn ’

Jackson Laboratory opens on UConn Health Center campus

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

The laboratory, located on the 16-acre University of Connecticut Health Center campus, is a state of the art $135 million research center that works to find the genetic causes of disease and the development of individualized plans of treatment. For more on this story, visit: Jackson Laboratory opens on UConn Health Center campus.

Preserving Crucial Tern Habitat in Long Island Sound

Sep 23rd, 2014 | By
Common Tern (photo: Sheila Foran, UConn)

While the terns are currently thriving, their environment is being overrun by nuisance and invasive plant species, such as the wild radish, Black Swallow-wort, and Asiatic Bittersweet, that threaten to destroy their nesting sites.

UConn, Connecticut Water Reach Agreement on Contract for Additional Water Supply

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

The University of Connecticut and Connecticut Water have reached an agreement on a long-term water supply agreement to supplement the water supply for the Storrs campus and part of Mansfield. The agreement also sets the stage to begin the process of seeking regulatory approvals. … The agreement calls for Connecticut Water to provide up to

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UConn to issue water conservation alert

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

The University of Connecticut issued a water conservation alert recently due to dry conditions around the Storrs campus, according to university officials. Thomas Callahan, associate vice president for infrastructure planning and strategic project management, said a notice was sent to students as a part of a Stage IA water conservation alert. The alert will request

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UConn’s Mirror Lake cleaner than rumored

Oct 29th, 2013 | By

While there is no current danger to wildlife in the lake, the University has made concerted efforts to make Mirror Lake cleaner. The lake has gradually filled in with sediment due to the sanding of roads and erosion, making it significantly shallower than it had been at its conception. The University has recently installed devices

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New Report: Coastal Communities Share Steps to Adapt to Climate Change

Sep 21st, 2013 | By

This study was undertaken to raise awareness of the best practices in leading North Atlantic communities. The case studies include Greenwich, Guilford, and Groton for the Connecticut section, but the idea is sharing strategies for climate change as communities on the North Atlantic seaboard struggle to plan as budgets dwindle. The ideas are innovative and cost-effective. New York City, for example, decided that boilers can now be placed on roofs instead of in basements. Click on this Environmental Headline for more about this new report.

University of Connecticut Praised for Green Efforts

Sep 12th, 2013 | By

The University of Connecticut was ranked the greenest campus by Sierra Magazine, in the 7th annual “Coolest Schools” done by the magazine. The survey studies schools’ majors, sustainability programs, construction and other factors to determine which American universities are at the forefront of promoting a greener lifestyle. To earn its number one spot, the University

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‘Coolest School for 2013’: UConn

Aug 15th, 2013 | By

Last year’s “Coolest School” was University of California at Davis and although it’s #4 this year, University of Connecticut takes the lead.

UConn declines proposal for water from Farmington River watershed

Aug 12th, 2013 | By

According to published reports in several different media publications, the Board of Trustees at the University of Connecticut decided earlier this week to select a proposal from the nearby Connecticut Water Company in Tolland to supply additional drinking water to the main campus in Storrs and the town of Mansfield.

UConn is doing right for its water needs by rejecting the MDC plan

Aug 6th, 2013 | By

We applaud reports that the University of Connecticut seems poised to do the right thing by ending the statewide water controversy and rejecting a proposal by Metropolitan District Commission to ship water from the Farmington River across the state to solve UConn’s water needs. It is important that the UConn board of trustees ratify this

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UConn researchers and green energy

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

Going green could go even further with a new partnership at UConn. The university and state are joining with Fraunho USA.

UConn marks eco-friendly water plant opening

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

The University of Connecticut will celebrate Wednesday the opening of a $25 million reclaimed water facility that will save hundreds of thousands of gallons of drinking water, the school announced. The facility, which UConn says is the first of its kind in the region, will treat wastewater using microfiltration and ultraviolet disinfection and then use

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Conn. Water Co. touts UConn plan

Jun 13th, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Water Co. says its plan to bring up to 2 million gallons of drinking water each day to the University of Connecticut is the cheapest, simplest, and most environmentally sound option.

Environmental Month: Strong Finish to a ‘Sustainable UConn’ Year

May 14th, 2013 | By

With another busy spring semester now behind us, let’s look back at the sustainability events of April, the last full month of the semester, also known as “Environmental Month” here at UConn and elsewhere across the country.

The New Green: Local political debate on renewable sources

May 3rd, 2013 | By

It might seem unlikely that power plant companies and environmentalists would ever join forces over a political issue, but that is exactly what happened in the Connecticut legislature this week. The Connecticut Senate passed a bill yesterday that would reform the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio. The Portfolio currently requires electric companies to derive a greater

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Connecticut Must Get Handle On Water Resources

Apr 26th, 2013 | By

Water may become the oil of the mid-21st century. Half the world is worried about, if not fighting over, water. In this country, a record 55 percent of the land area in the Lower 48 states suffered drought conditions last year. Wouldn’t it make sense for Connecticut to get a handle on its water supply?

LETTER: Why Not A Fuel Cell Farm For UConn?

Apr 20th, 2013 | By

UConn and the Storrs area are in dire need of a new source of water and the state is planning on spending billions more to increase the student population. which will need vastly more water to support them. For more on this story, visit: LETTER: Why Not A Fuel Cell Farm For UConn? –

Connecticut needs statewide water plan before diversions are allowed

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

A bill proposed by State Rep. John Hampton, D-Simsbury, would place a moratorium on all water diversion projects until a statewide water plan is developed and implemented. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Jeffrey McCutcheon and Andrew Silva in The Hartford Courant.

Stretching UConn’s Water Budget, Part I

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

As UConn and Mansfield envision our future over the next 50 years, it’s clear that an additional source of water will be required to meet the needs of both the town and the campus in the coming decades. Our shared goal is not just development, but sustainable development, of important proposed projects such as the long-awaited UConn Tech Park on our North Campus, a managed retirement community in Storrs, and the commercial redevelopment of the Four Corners area, about a mile north of campus on Route 195.

UConn students propose solution to fix quality of stormwater runoff

Mar 14th, 2013 | By

The area has higher than normal levels of erosion and inefficient water treatment, according to a story on the UConn engineering website.