What Does UConn Really Think, When it Comes to the Environment?
Spring 2005 Faculty & Staff Survey
To improve the workgroup's focus and success, the Office of Environmental Policy and the Environmental Literacy Workgroup submitted a survey to all faculty and staff concerning environmental awareness on campus. The survey gauged faculty and staff interest in each of the focus areas of the workgroup, as well as several program initiatives, to determine which programs the workgroup should concentrate on this year. These initiatives and ideas included:
Environmental Seminar/Speaker Series
Environmental Policy Center
Living Environmentally Aware as Freshman (LEAF) Program modeled on a campaign designed by students in the Spring 2005 COMM 215 course.
Identify and promote inter-disciplinary &/or campus-development learning opportunities
Based on the Spring 2005 survey, the Environmental Literacy Workgroup identified the following High Priority focus areas for the 2005-2006 academic calendar year:
- Establish a University Sustainability and Environmental Policy Center
- Generate interest, funding and support to promote the development of courses and/or seminars in Environmental topics
- Develop an Environmental Policy Major
Other areas for which survey respondents expressed support included the creation of an Environmental Policy Speaker Series (tied with a possible Brown Bag Discussion group) and an EcoHusky Awareness Column either in the Daily Campus or on the EcoHusky webpage. Another topic of interest that has recently been readdressed is the possible development of an Environmental Policy Center, which would serve as a bridge between the Office of Environmental Policy and the University's academic departments and support programs. The survey question asking about perceived benefit of such a center indicated that at least a majority believed this center could benefit the University if well-organized.
Other Educational and Outreach Surveys
The following surveys were also designed and distributed to gauge student awareness on current environmental issues, particularly those issues directly related to the University. Students expressed their opinions and views on campus-driven initiatives, successful advances, and prioritized areas for improvement.
Environmental Awareness Survey to Students (2004-2008)
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