Podcast: What Does the Future of Fossil Fuel Free UConn Look Like?

Fossil Fuel-Free UConn" rally gathers on the Student Union mall at the University of Connecticut on Friday, November 4, 2022. (Photo by Liam Enea).

By Kather­ine Jimenez | UConn Jour­nal­ism
Decem­ber 14, 2022

Cold­er win­ters and hot­ter sum­mers. You bet­ter pre­pare for them because cli­mate change has entered Connecticut.

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut, along with oth­er parts of the state, expe­ri­enced a dan­ger­ous drought this sum­mer which left many res­i­dents with­out water. State offi­cials even advised res­i­dents to begin con­serv­ing water. But many stu­dent at the uni­ver­si­ty entered this year pre­pared to bring about change.

On Nov. 4, 2022, over a hun­dred stu­dents gath­ered out­side the Stu­dent Union Lawn to hear activists, politi­cians and fel­low stu­dents about “decar­boniz­ing” UConn. They ral­lied against the use of fos­sil fuel ener­gy at the uni­ver­si­ty and spoke about reach­ing car­bon neu­tral­i­ty by the next 10 to 20 years. Eco­Husky Pres­i­dent Chase Mack, orga­niz­er of the Fos­sil Fuel Free UConn coali­tion which helped formed the ral­ly, joined me today to talk more about the stu­dent momen­tum and future of UConn’s ener­gy sourcing. 

We also hear from Liam Enea, founder and pres­i­dent of the Clean Ener­gy Soci­ety, and Ecol­o­gy Pro­fes­sor David Wag­n­er about pos­si­ble out­comes of the ral­ly and how the Board of Trustees is expect­ed to react in the com­ing months.

To learn more about the ral­ly you can vis­it their peti­tion page or email fossilfuelfreeuconn@gmail.com with any ques­tions. Anoth­er ral­ly is expect­ed to be held some time in Spring 2023.

You can also take a look at the university’s cur­rent cli­mate ini­tia­tive for more infor­ma­tion about sus­tain­able energy.

Kather­ine Jimenez is a UConn Jour­nal­ism major. She pro­duced this sto­ry for JOUR3035: Pod­cast­ing in Fall 2022.

TOP IMAGE: Fos­sil Fuel-Free UConn” ral­ly gath­ers on the Stu­dent Union mall at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Con­necti­cut on Fri­day, Novem­ber 4, 2022. Pho­to by Liam Enea