Cities are one of the most basic units of governance. Because of this, their democratic institutions are flexible and responsive to their residents’ specific needs. Their city planners can paint with a small brush, designing policies that cater to specific problems endemic to certain communities. Obtaining community consent for projects is a real, achievable goal.
Currently the Trump Administration is hoping to roll-back an Obama-era regulation aimed at specialty light bulbs (decorative globes used in bathrooms, reflectors in recessed lighting, candle-shaped lights, etc.).
Weather instruments have evolved from the simple thermometers, anemometers and rain gauges of old to the more advanced technology of satellites and radars. Improvements continue to be made in the field of meteorology, allowing for accurate weather reporting and creating a growing database for observing climate patterns.
Now that we are well into 2019 with almost an entire month under our belts, it seems like a good time to stop talking about what we hope to accomplish this year and start taking action on it. People often choose their New Year’s resolutions based on something they want to improve on from the year before, and looking back on 2018 there was a lot that can be improved upon. There were many successful movements and events that rose to prominence throughout the year like the “Women’s March” and “March for Our Lives” that can be applauded and added upon this year; and there were plenty of scandals like the one accompanying the appointment of Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that should hopefully be avoided this year. However, one thing that should be at the top of everyone’s lists of things to improve upon in 2019 is the way that we are approaching climate change and the treatment of our environment.
In fall 2017, The University of Connecticut first offered a course entitled Climate Resilience and Adaptation: Municipal Policy and Planning. One major component of this course is the opportunity to work with the UConn Climate Corps. Drawing inspiration from President Franklin Roosevelt’s highly successful Civilian Conservation Corps, the UConn Climate Corps encourages students to combat climate change, and apply real-life problem-solving skills to immediately impact, their local communities.
The University of Connecticut will continue providing sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives to numerous facilities on campus after the United Nations released a report on the state of the global environment earlier this month, said Rich Miller, the director of the Office of Environmental Policy at UConn.