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.
March 7, 2015
The Lending Library started with the purpose to bring new life to used books. Students were giving away books that future students were going to need. The Office of Sustainability saw this as an opportunity. We started collecting books at the end of each academic year and making them available to the whole campus community at the start of the following year for free. This way, students can save money by not purchasing expensive books and the books are not thrown away after only being used by one person.
The Lending Library’s system is simple: once a student checks out a book, it is theirs until the end of the semester. There is no limit to the number of books that a single student can check out; however, it is a library, so students have to return the books at the end of each semester to help the program continue.
We are now working to make the Lending Library both easier to use and more efficient. The first step is reorganizing the books and creating a cataloguing system that makes them easy to track. We are also starting a new system for checking out and checking in books so that the Lending Library is open and available for as many students as possible. In the future, we are looking to know what books people need the most and cater to those needs.