Metanoia on the Environment events will take place over the course of the semester, but most Metanoia-related programming is being planned for April 15-20, the week prior to Earth Day on 22 April, 2018.

Sanctioned events and their locations will appear on the Metanoia Calendar. To have your event added to the Metanoia Calendar contact Katie Main at

To get questions answered, please contact, or our undergraduate co-chair

Featured Events


UConn Avery Point Earth Day Celebration
There will be locally sustainable food, a live performance by the band "Happy and the Moonshine", bunnies, and a large number organizations attending such as: DEEP, CT Sea Grant, Groton Animal Foundation, CMC Energy Services, League of Women's Voters, and many more.

Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2018
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: UConn Avery Point Green (located inside the Student Center if it rains).


Climate Justice: Conversations Across Barriers and Borders
Climate change produces discriminatory effects on the people of color, women, and the poor and marginalized groups in the global South. This event brings together scholars, activists, and climate refugees – from Puerto Rico, Africa, India, and the United States – to foster multiple conversations about the central questions of climate justice.

Date: Friday, April 20th, 2018
12:30 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Konover Auditorium (Dodd Center), Storrs, CT

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Green Infrastructure Campus Tour
You may not know it, but the UConn campus is a showcase for innovative ways to address one of our country’s biggest water quality problems - stormwater runoff. Learn the why, what, and how of these practices on a short walking tour led by experts from the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR). We will meet in room 304A of the Student Union to begin the tour.

Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Where: Meet at Room 304A, Student Union

Registration is appreciated for this event, to allow us to plan the tour. Register here. RAIN or SHINE!

Avery Point

“Unfiltered: An Exhibition About Water” preceded by a panel discussion “Exploring the Waters of Long Island Sound”
The UConn Avery Point campus and the Metanoia on The Environment present a guided visit of the exhibit “Unfiltered: An Exhibition About Water” preceded by a panel discussion “Exploring the Waters of Long Island Sound”. Join us for refreshments!

Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2018
7:00 PM

Where: Avery Point Campus, Branford House

The art exhibit explores water as a universal concern, while the panel discussion will focus on the waters of Long Island Sound Moderator:

• Penny Vlahos, Associate Professor, UConn Marine Sciences & Department of Chemistry Panelists:
• Chester Arnold, Water Quality Educator and Director for Outreach at the Center For Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and Co-Director of the NEMO Program at UConn
• Vena Hayes, Ph.D. student, UConn Marine Sciences
• Jamie Vaudrey, Assistant Research Professor, UConn Marine Sciences

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Global Environmental Response:CSR in Practice
Dr. Stephen Park, the Satell CSR Fellow, will be moderating the panel focusing on global CSR activities. Academics and industry leaders will discuss the business challenges they face in addressing sustainability while also discussing the future of CSR within their fields. Speakers include Dr. Belinda Wade from the University of Queensland (via Skype) and Brian Paganini from Quantum BioPower (additional speakers to follow).

Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Where: UConn School of Business Global Learning Center (GBLC), Hartford, 100 Constitution Plaza, Observation Deck

The panel will speak from 4:30-5:30 with a reception to follow.


Paris, Policy and The Grid: The Future of Transnational Energy
The Paris Agreement brought nearly two hundred countries together to pledge their national efforts to combat climate change. Less than two years later, the United States announced its intention to withdraw from this agreement. Please join the Center for Energy & Environmental Law and the Connecticut Journal of International Law for a symposium devoted to the international, national, and regional impacts of this new global reality on energy policy, grid stability, and renewables.

Date: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Time: 8
:30 am - 4:00 pm

Where: William F. Starr Hall, 45 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT, Hartford Campus

Registration and Schedule:
Please register by April 13th


Ecocentric Expression
The relationship between humanity and the environment will be analyzed and critiqued through art pieces. Concepts including anthropocentrism and ecocentrism will be explored. Ideas and criticisms about current environmental education in western based cultures will be presented.

Date: April 20th, 23rd, 24th
Time: 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Ratcliffe Hicks Arena


Get ready to go on an EcoQuest on Fairfield Way and learn about different environmental concepts found on our own campus! Stop by enough stations and earn yourself a T-shirt, travel mug, reusable grocery bag, or ice cream from the Dairy Bar Ice Cream Truck!

Date: Monday, April 23rd
Rain Date: 10:00 - 2:00 PM
Location: Fairfield Way, UConn Storrs

Brought to you by ECOalition, with support from EcoHusky, Wildlife Society, Green Building Club, UConnPIRG, and other environmental student groups, and funded by the President’s Office as part of the UConn Metanoia on the Environment.


Earth Art

Earth as Art: Observing Our World from Space

Venue: Stevens Gallery (B Level of Babbidge Library)
Event dates: April 16 - April 22
Event time:  Gallery is open during the library hours
Special gallery talk:  April 19 at 12 - 30 PM

The winsome of earth is clear, and the artistry ranges from the surreal to the sublime. Satellite images document a dynamic story, a story of the peak of this new geologic epoch – Anthropocene – ‘The Age of Man’. This art gallery - a unique fusion of art and science - will feature visually stunning and scientifically valuable images of various areas from around the world captured by earth-observing civilian satellites. The exhibits will present appealing patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the natural and human-made landscape as well as sentient views of forced migration triggered by racial aggression and ethnic tension. Enjoy the beauty of our planet and understand how we are changing its face in order to meet our increasing appetite for resources.

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Janet Pritchard, UConn Professor of Photography

Title: Expressions of Time + Place
Description: Landscape photographer Janet Pritchard works at the intersection of nature and culture. She uses a methodology described as historical empathy to depict complex landscapes as expressions of time and place. Examples will be drawn from her recent project on Yellowstone National Park and her new work in progress on the Connecticut River.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM

Where: Konover


Aligning Aesthetics with Responsible Management of Surficial Hygrology
Landscape Architecture Program

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: Oak Hall and Laurel Hall

Landscape architecture students with will be outside the buildings (weather permitting) with eye catching posters. The posters will be communicating the build elements that, “Aligning Aesthetics with Responsible Management of Surficial Hydrology.” The students will also have additional handouts with information about the topics at hand as well as information about our program of landscape architecture.

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The Environment in Literature and Film at Homer Babbidge Library
The Homer Babbidge Library will present an exhibit of curated material focused on the various aspects of environmentalism, including topics on business, agriculture, and justice. Materials include books, films, and our new online Collection on environmental literacy resources

Date: April 13 - April 27, 2018
Homer Babbidge Library open hours

Where: Homer Babbidge Library, Level 1


Spring Valley Farm tours

Spring Valley Farm Tours
Every Tuesday, beginning Tuesday, March 27, 2018 through Tuesday, April 24, 2018, a UConn mini-van will pick up passengers at 3:45 from Werth Tower loading area, off Alumni Drive, and bring them to Spring Valley Student Farm.

While at the Farm visitors, will learn about all the environmental sustainability projects currently in progress or about to be initiated. Some of the projects visitors will learn about are soil carbon sequestration, an edible forest permaculture garden, the sustainable community food system program, aquaponic systems, solar thermal systems, air quality monitoring, the food waste to biochar project and the solar photovoltaic array.

Students will have the option to stay at the Farm until 6:00, to participate in Farm related volunteer opportunities, or return to Werth Tower immediately following the tour.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
3:45 - 6:00 PM
Storrs Campus, Spring Valley Farm







Environmental Metanoia Film Series
This film series, presented as part of our Metanoia on the Environment, consists of six recent documentaries about pressing environmental issues. The selections showcase a variety of voices and in addition to explaining problems, offers solutions that can and are being pursued around the world. Screenings are Free and Open to the Public.

• All films will be shown in the Student Union Theater, 2110 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT, 06268.
• Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the start of the film.

Monday, 26 March 5-7 PM, Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
Unlikely enterpreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX, to Buffalo, NY reveal pioneering clean energy solutions. View trailer, 71 minutes

Saturday, 31 March 4-6 PM, Saving My Tomorrow
This installment in the Saving My Tomorrow series showcases the ways in which kids are doing their part to clean up the environment. Focusing on environmental concerns like plastic pollution and deforestation, the special includes stories about the Amazon rainforest and the albatross, and follows young activists around the world as they clean up the beaches, plant trees, and demonstrate at City Hall.The fourth in the series of family specials on the environment. Focusing on energy use and sustainability, the show features stories about endangered animals alongside scenes with kids who are working to protect the nature around them - from the mountaintops to the coral reefs. View trailer, 60 minutes

Sunday, 8 April 1-3 PM, 10 Billion: What’s On Your Plate
By 2050, the world population will grow to ten billion people. In the midst of the heated debate about food security comes this broad and analytic look into the enormous spectrum of global food production and distribution - from artificial meat, insects, industrial farming to trendy self-cultivation. View trailer.

Tuesday, 10 April 6-8 PM,  An Inconvenient Sequel
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change to the heart of popular culture, the follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. View trailer, 100 minutes

Thursday, April 12, 5 PM, Watermark
This documentary brings together diverse stories from around the globe and explores our relationship with water and how it shapes humanity. View trailer, 92 minutes

Sunday, 22 April 5-7 PM, Time to Choose
This film explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet. View trailer, 97 minutes

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Faith Eve Gemmill, Executive Director of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands)
Keynote Speaker

Faith Gemmill will speak about the fossil fuel energy issues that impact Alaska Natives, subsistence rights, the impacts to our culture and way of life, as well as the current impacts of climate change and how we need to create a just transition away from fossil fuels to a clean energy future.

Title: Extreme Energy Extraction in Alaska: A Climate of Chaos
Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Where: Bio Physics Building, Room 130

Faith Gemmill-Fredson (Neets’aii Gwich’in, Pit River and Wintu) of Arctic Village, Alaska is the founder and current Executive Director of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands) REDOIL is a grassroots network that was created by Alaska Natives to share knowledge, experience and strategies to address the detrimental impacts of fossil fuel, mining and climate change in Alaska.

Faith is a board member of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) Faith also currently serves as the Vice-President of the California Indian Environmental Alliance.

Prior to the work with REDOIL, Faith served as the Program Director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, working on issues of oil development, human rights, and defense of Gwich’in ancestral homelands by seeking permanent protection of “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” (The Sacred Place Where Life Begins) coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge which is the primary birthplace and nursery of the Porcupine Caribou Herd upon which the Gwich’in Nation relies to meet their subsistence needs. Faith has given her time and talents to addressing issues regarding Indigenous Lands and Indigenous Rights for two decades. Her prior engagements also include serving as an Executive Council member on the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, Board Member of Honor the Earth, and National Wildlife Federation.

Earth Day Spring Fling

The Earth Day Spring Fling
An annual celebration of sustainability co-sponsored by UConn's Office of Environmental Policy, the Department of Dining Services' Local Routes Program, and the EcoHusky Student Group. On every Earth Day since 2008, this festival has featured organic and local food, eco-friendly vendors, green companies and student groups that join together to produce the greatest day of environmental awareness all year! For more information, please email

Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Location: Fairfield Way, UConn Storrs

UConn Tasty Waste

FREE Tasty Waste Lunch
Delicious, free food prepared by UConn Dining Services that was destined to be discarded due to manufacturing or packaging errors. Lunch will include free ice cream, tours of Spring Valley Farm; and related activities.
Come and enjoy an awesome menu: Fruit Infused Water, Steak and Ale Pie with an Herb Shredded Potato Crust, Ground Meat Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust, Vegetable Pot Pie with a Flaky Pastry Crust, Fruited Bread Pudding, UConn Dairy Bar Ice Cream Cone with Cup.

Date: Wednesday, April 18th
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Fairfield Way


Creative Intersectionality: Climate Justice Panel
This two-part event consists of a Climate Justice Panel and an Art Exhibition. The exhibition will feature work by representatives from each of UConn’s six cultural centers in an attempt to foster a creative space for diverse, and often marginalized, perspectives on the environment. The panel will feature a group of five trailbrazing women in the environmental movement who will engage students in a dialogue about barriers, strategies, and solutions to creating a more equitable, sustainable future. 

Date: Monday, April 16th, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Laurel Hall, Storrs, CT

 Hosted by USG Sustainability Subcommittee.

Global Cafe

"Collapse of the Oceans" - A film screening
Join us in viewing “Collapse of the Oceans” and then discuss the film and its relevance to our world today, all while enjoying a light lunch of local, sustainable seafood.  In the film, host Joshua Jackson investigates the devastating impacts of ocean warming on coral reefs and looks at the predicted impact on ocean ecosystems, and on our own food supply, of ocean acidification. Jackson travels from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the Philippines, whose citizens rely heavily on healthy reefs for food and other ocean products and for protection from storms. He finds that fishermen are no longer able to sustain their families because of the increasing scarcity of fish.

Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
12:15 PM

Where: Auditorium at UConn Avery Point Campus


Remembering UConn’s First Earth Day
On April 22, 1970 student activists dragged UConn forward into the modern environmental movement. Their “24-hour ‘be-in,’” their “marathon…multi-media fantasia on ecology” is absent from the university’s official history. Why? Please join Professor Robert Thorson (Geosciences) for a slide show, memories, and discussion.

Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Where: Beach Hall, RM 233 (Reading Room)

Read Robert Thorson's opinion column here.


EcoHouse Environmental Documentaries
EcoHouse Classroom, Lower Level Werth Dorm at 8 pm (with popcorn). More details so come.

Wednesday, Feb 7th, Title: Food Inc.
Thursday, Feb 22nd, Title: Dirty Money – Hard NOx
Wednesday, Mar 7th, Title: Chasing Ice
Thursday, Mar 22, Title: Trashed
Wednesday, Mar 28, Title: TBA
Thursday, Apr 12th, Title: TBA
Wednesday, April 25, Title: TBA

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Intersectional Class Banquet
How does intersectionality impact the environment? Who faces the worst of climate change and environmental degredation? Our student-led event will explore privilege through a shared meal. We encourage all who come to participate in our active discussion and experiential learning!

Date: Friday, April 13th, 2018
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Where: Monteith, RM 420


"A Plastic Ocean" Movie Screening
Join UConn PIRG for a film that looks at the global issue of plastic pollution.

Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
6:00 PM

Where: ITE, RM C80



UConn Metanoia for the Environment & UConn Ecology and Evolutionary Biology present
Making Insects: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things That Run the World

Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware
Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am – Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn, Storrs, CT
No registration required – FREE
Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build attractive landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Dr. Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play, and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and yes, on our plants.

Climate Change Cafe

Climate Change Cafe
Join us for light refreshments and a poster session of the UConn@COP23 experience in Bonn, and find out more about how you could be a part of the UConn@COP24!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
10:00 - 2:00 PM
Student Union Room 330 (Ballroom)