Connecticut College is a leader in sustainability among campuses nationwide.
As a residential, liberal arts college, Connecticut College has developed a system of collaboration among students, faculty and staff to create a sustainable atmosphere on campus and within the New London community.
At Connecticut College, sustainability is a framework by which long-lasting solutions to local and global challenges are developed through understanding the connections among social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic well-being and including all three within all decision-making and strategic planning processes.
Campus sustainability efforts are rooted in the educational mission of the College. Efforts include integrating sustainability across the curriculum, educating the campus community, modeling sustainable practices and providing real-life learning opportunities for students.
Students play a huge part in developing and achieving sustainability goals, and an even bigger part in planning and implementing programs on campus.
To learn more about the College's sustainability goals, check out our Sustainability Plan.
September 15, 2014
When you think of the word “sustainability,” do images of neighborhood revitalization pop into your head? If not, they should!
During orientation, new Camels, including those enrolled in three different freshman seminars volunteered in Hodges Square as part of the College’s New London Community Projects program. Hodges Square is a business district one mile from campus that lost some of its charm when highways separated it from downtown New London.
Yet New London community members have not lost hope. The Hodges Square Village Association (HSVA) consists of businesses and residents dedicated to revitalizing Hodges Square through farmers’ markets, business development, and beautification projects.
In collaboration with HSVA, incoming students as well as Sustainability Officer Josh Stoffel, Senior Fellow for Communications in the Office of Sustainability Yu-Cheng Liu ‘17, and Senior Fellow for Resource Management, Virginia Gresham ‘17 kicked off a substantial beautification process on Aug 23, 2014. They painted the walls of a prominent gas station with energetic shades of orange and yellow, painted camels on flowerpots, gardened, and landscaped the area. They were pleasantly surprised by the results of their efforts. In the words of one freshman, “It was great to see Hodges Square literally brighten over the course of a few hours, through the hard work and dedication of many community members”.
As much as the students enjoyed working to transform the square, they especially appreciated the encouraging words of community members who were passing by the area. Yet the project still has a ways to go. Fortunately, Connecticut College’s Office of Sustainability will continue to support the square. The Office has selected a representative, Taryn Kitchen ‘17, to serve as a member of the Hodges Square Village Association so that Connecticut College can stay intimately involved in the all future efforts.