University of Connecticut to launch institute for the environment to tackle “biggest challenge”

The University of Connecticut has launched the Institute of the Environment to help tackle the “biggest challenge in the 21st century.”

The institute will host the University’s portfolio of environmental research along with community-wide activities related to sustainability.

Michael Willig, executive director of the institute Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology said:

“Sustainability is arguably the biggest challenge we face in the 21st century.
“Until the establishment of the Institute of the Environment, UConn didn’t have a formal organization that facilitated a cross-fertilization of these disciplines across the University, or that created formal bridges between the academic and operations side of the University.”

The Institute of the Environment will host four organizational units, the Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering, the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, the Office of Sustainability, and the Natural Resources Conservation Academy.

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