Willimantic, Conn. – On Oct. 1, Robert Klee, commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), will visit Eastern Connecticut State University to give a historical overview of Connecticut’s environmental initiatives, as well as discuss the importance of preparing environmental leaders for tomorrow’s world. This University Hour event will occur from 3–4 p.m. in Room 104 in the Science Building.
In order to contemplate the future of our environment, we must first look into its past. The rich history of environmental protection in Connecticut spans from the initiation of the state park system one hundred years ago, to the environmental regulations of the 1970s, to the recent incorporation of energy initiatives in the DEEP’s mission.
Klee was appointed as Commissioner of Connecticut’s DEEP by Governor Malloy in January 2014. Prior to his appointment, Klee worked extensively with different firms and universities in the areas of environmental law and research.
This University Hour event coincides with the celebration of Eastern Connecticut State University’s 125th Anniversary. Eastern’s commitment to sustainability is evidenced by its recent accomplishments. This year, Eastern was recognized for the 5th year in a row as a Green Campus by the Princeton Review. In 2007, Eastern signed on to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, committing the campus to become carbon neutral by 2050. The presentation by this esteemed leader in environmental policy is open to all students, faculty and the general public. No RSVP is required.