The UConn Climate Corps is a new undergraduate classroom and service learning opportunity that debuted in the 2017-18 academic year. The program consists of a 3 credit course (Fall semester) on the local impacts of climate change, followed by a 3 credit independent study (Spring semester) during which students work with Extension faculty to assist Connecticut communities in adapting to climate change. In Spring of 2018 the Corps worked with the municipalities of Hartford, Westbrook, Old Lyme and the Avalonia Land Conservancy. In Spring 2019 the teams are working with the municipalities of Stonington, Madison, Mansfield, Norwich and Waterford, and with the Southeastern CT Enterprise Region and the CT DEEP.
The Climate Corps is a collaboration of the Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Engineering programs, the Connecticut Sea Grant Program, and the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR).
UConn Climate Corps is funded by a three-year pilot program grant from the UConn Provost’s Office, in support of enhancing and elevating the five key goals of the University Academic Plan: Research & Scholarship, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Education, Teaching Effectiveness, and Public Engagement.
Check out our partner program, the Brownfields Corps!
The Browfields Corps was created by one of the Climate Corps faculty team members in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. It has the same basic structure as the Climate Corps: a 3-credit course in the fall, and 3-credit independent study working with towns in the spring. This spring, student teams are working with five towns to prepare brownfield inventories, collect site data and prepare clean up grant applications.