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5 Ways UConn is Going Green


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5 Ways UConn is Going Green

  1. 1. Ryan Lee Gilbert Intro to Online Journalism Fall 2011 photo courtesy of UCONN Today
  2. 2. There are five Uniquely Caffeinated Cafes around the UConn campus. The food containers, wrap containers, iced coffee cups, sandwich containers, parfait cups, coffee clutches, salad containers and plastic bottles used at these cafes can all be recycled. Bare cups are made from 20 percent post-consumer recycled paper and plastic. photo by Ryan Lee Gilbert photo courtesy of UCONN Today
  3. 3. 100 outdoor recycling bins were placed around campus during the summer of 2010. All recyclable materials can be placed in these bins, including paper, newspaper, cans, bottles and all plastics. photo by Ryan Lee Gilbert photo by Ryan Lee Gilbert
  4. 4. The “green roof” on the new Classroom Building reduces storm water runoff and improves water quality by retaining and filtering rainwater. Also, the green roof includes reductions in heating and cooling costs for the building. photo by Ryan Lee Gilbert photo courtesy of UCONN Today
  5. 5. Dual-flush toilets, low-flow showers and high-efficiency washing machines have been installed into buildings around campus. The installations have been done in accordance with UConn’s Sustainable Design and Construction Policy. The university shall design, construct, and maintain sustainable, energy- and water-efficient buildings. photo by Ryan Lee Gilbert photo by Ryan Lee Gilbert
  6. 6. UConn is partnering with UTC Power to create a fuel cell power plant, PureCell, that will supply energy, heat and cooling to the buildings on the Depot campus beginning in the spring of 2012. The fuel cell technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing clean, efficient and reliable energy, of which the only byproducts are heat and water. It is estimated that the fuel cell will result in a net reduction of about 600,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. photo courtesy of UCONN Today