A Culture of Sustainability

From solar panels and other energy efficient technologies to hydration stations and reusable water bottles to tray-less dining and an on-campus greenhouse, the University of New Haven is committed to promoting environmentally friendly initiatives that enhance the experience of the campus community and lessen our impact on the environment.

A Community Commitment to Go Green

All members of the University of New Haven community play a role in fostering a sustainable campus and in developing the next generation of leaders and innovators committed to preserving the environment.

The University’s Office of Energy and Sustainability, which is a part of the Facilities department, coordinates campus-wide efforts to reduce the University’s carbon footprint, engages students in discussions and programs designed to protect the environment, and develops ways to integrate issues about suitability into classes and co-curricular learning opportunities, including through Tagliatela College of Engineering, which includes professors who are experts in sustainability and green design.

The University also offers a minor in Sustainability Studies for students seeking to better understand environmental considerations in industry, government, nonprofit, and academic institutions. Courses enhance students’ major area of study by providing links between science, engineering, mathematics, business, economics, and the humanities. The minor takes a problem-solving approach to the discipline as students learn to apply broad knowledge to specific institutional, local, or global problems. Students in this minor develop valuable insights into the nature of current sustainability practices.

Laura Miller, M.S., LEED GA

Laura oversees energy and sustainability-related projects on campus and is a liaison for student groups.

Prior to joining the University, she worked as an energy technical specialist at the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical geography from the University of Liverpool, a master’s degree in secondary education from Eastern Connecticut State University, and a master’s degree in geography and sustainability from Central Connecticut State University.

She is also credentialed as a LEED green associate and has earned her Green Professional (GPRO) Certification.

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Get Involved and Make a Difference.

Since 2014, University of New Haven students and Facilities staff have collaborated on a program to minimize waste when students are moving out of their residence halls. During the spring of 2018, the campus donated 1,748 pounds of items to local nonprofit and community organizations.

Sustainability in Action

These are some of the ways in which the University strives to lessen its impact on the environment:

  • Residential Life

    Celentano Hall, the University’s largest residence hall, is LEED-gold certified and features a 228-panel solar array on its roof. Westside Hall, the University’s newest residence hall, has been recognized by the Connecticut chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for using heating and control systems that use significantly less energy than most buildings of its size. See how the solar panels are performing.

  • Energy

    The University of New Haven tracks energy usage using a centralized Building Management System. A team of staff conducts building audits on a regular basis to identify energy opportunities that increase efficiency where possible.

  • Water

    Hydration stations are located all over campus and encourage students to bring reusable drink containers. By using these stations we lessen the number of plastic bottles that would be added into the waste stream.

  • Recycling

    The University of New Haven offers single stream recycling. This means that recyclables can all go into the same receptacles. Learn more about what can be recycled on campus.

  • Dining

    Sodexo, the University of New Haven’s dining services provider offers tray-less dining, recyclable to-go containers, and reusable drink containers. Sodexo also offers locally sourced produce and hosts farmers markets on campus.

  • Transportation

    Students have access to Zipcars, which are made available through the world’s largest car-sharing service that features hybrid and electric vehicles. Bike racks are also located around campus to encourage bike travel. To learn more about the program visit, Zipcar.