The University of New Haven increased its focus on sustainability this past year, with numerous academic initiatives designed to educate and engage our students in saving energy, enhancing environmental awareness, and <br />reducing carbon footprints. Students will learn as much as possible about how one person — and one campus — can take steps that will make a difference to future generations!
A new course, EAS 300, Global Solu-tions for Sustainability, has been introduced by our Tagliatela College of Engineering as part of the University’s core curriculum. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach that includes team-based work, hands-on projects and lectures from guest speakers.
Dr. Sam Daniels recently developed multiple courses in sustainable engineering for students in Chemical, Mechanical, Computer and Electrical Engineering. He has also submitted two manuscripts for publication and has created a proposal to offer a full Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Engineering.
The University attracted significant media attention for Dr. Carmela Cuomo’s biodiesel research, which examined the viability of using algae from Long Island Sound for fuel. Her research was awarded a $135,000 grant from the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, one of only three awarded through the Connecticut Fuel Diversification Grant Program.
Several students volunteered their time to research methods for calculating the University’s carbon footprint. Their research presented descriptions of a carbon, climate, and ecological footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, these top students were even able to investigate the variety of approaches taken by other top universities in calculating their own carbon and climate footprints.
Students Make a Difference
The student run Go Green club creates environmentally friendly initiatives for those on campus and promotes green efforts through various on-and off-campus events. Projects led by the club, headed by Sarah Hosford, who was also a “green leader” at her high school, have included raising the money for compost bins in UNH cafeterias and staging friendly competitions to encourage their use. “We also established contacts with local organic food producers to do a ‘taste test’ of their foods with the students,” Hosford notes. “If the students like foods, they were then able to sign a petition to get these foods incorporated into our lunch menu,” said Hosford. “The project was such a success that our cafeteria is now beginning to purchase from local food producers.”
Go Green Campus Initiative
A Sustainability Committee comprising faculty, staff and students was formed to encourage sustainable activities on and off campus. The group created a campus sustainability webpage that offers tips for saving energy and reducing an individual’s carbon footprint and details the University’s green effort. Visit www.newhaven.edu/sustainability
The University won a grant from the National Recycling Coalition/Coca-Cola Bin Grant Program to equip the campus with recycling bins.