Water Bottle Filling Stations
The College committed to eliminating the sale and provision of bottled water on campus through a bottled water policy adopted in August 2021. While you won't find plain, unflavored bottled water in our vending machines or dining options, there are plenty of places across campus to fill up your reusable water bottle. It is safe to use any tap on campus to fill up - our tap water has been tested and contains no lead or other harmful chemicals.
You can also find designated water bottle filling stations in the locations listed below. Locations marked with an * are publicly accessible during business hours.
- Blaustein* - first floor in Walter Commons and second floor hallway
- Bolles House - hallway and library
- College Center at Crozier Williams* - first floor near the information desk, second floor near the bathroom and at Oasis soda fountain
- Cummings* - first floor hallway and second floor gallery
- Fanning Hall* - first floor near the Hale Center and second floor, gooseneck attached to water fountain
- Harris Dining Hall* - atrium above Harris entrance (plain water also available at soda fountains)
- Palmer Auditorium* - ground floor across from the Green Room (108) and second floor next to balcony right entrance
- Shain Library* - near the bathrooms on every level
- Tansill Theater/Hillyer Hall Atrium - ground floor
- Winthrop - first floor, gooseneck attached to water fountain
- Athletic Center* - blue courts and basketball court
- Dayton Arena
- Fitness Center - every level near stairs
- Residence Halls:
- Freeman - first floor bathroom, gooseneck attached to sink
- Hamilton - near first floor common room
- Harkness - first floor bathroom, gooseneck attached to sink
- Jane Addams - second floor pantry, gooseneck attached to sink and in Dining Hall
- Knowlton - second floor pantry, gooseneck attached to sink
- Morrison - near first floor common room
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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
There are two electric vehicle charging stations on campus, each with the ability to charge two cars. They are located in the Hillel House parking lot and the Visitor Parking Lot at Horizon House. Charging is currently free, but you do need to create an account with ChargePoint to utilize the stations. Once you create an account, you will use either the ChargePoint app or a physical card that can be mailed to you to unlock the station for charging. You can find full instructions for how to charge here.
The Lending Library is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, the Academic Resource Center and Residential Education and Living (REAL). The Lending Library was created to provide textbooks and course books to students for a semester free of charge. Books in the Lending Library have mainly come from donations by students. Some textbooks have been purchased with funding from the Sustainable Projects Fund. The Lending Library has two locations: Literature, social sciences, and humanities books are located in a space in the lobby of Katharine Blunt House (KB); and STEM and language textbooks are located in a space in the lobby of Burdick House.
The Lending Library has open hours every day during the first two weeks of each semester. To check out a book, come to the lobby of KB during one of these times and a student will assist you. You can search the Lending Library catalog for what you need. Books are due on the last day of finals each semester. Return boxes will be placed outside of each Lending Library location.
To donate a book to the Lending Library, you can drop it off at the donation box outside of KB anytime during the semester or place it in one of the donation boxes found in the College Center at Crozier-Williams (Cro), the coffee shops, finals locations and in the residence halls at the end of the Spring semester.
Give ‘N Go
At the end of each academic year, you can donate clothing, household goods, kitchen supplies, bedding, furniture and appliances to Give ‘N Go. Donation boxes are set up in house common rooms from the last day of classes until Commencement. You can place small items into the boxes, and large items into the designated area next to the boxes. Items are donated to local United Way organizations, Safe Futures and Grad Bag. Items particularly useful to first-year students are stored for a “yard sale” for students on move-in weekend. Each year we collect between 9,000 and 11,000 lbs of donations.
Earth House is Connecticut College's sustainable living residence. Each year, a small group of sophomores, juniors and seniors apply to live in Earth House as an alternative housing housing option. Earth House features a kitchen, living room and seven single rooms.
There are lots of ways to explore New London and the surrounding region. Visit the Transportation section to learn about just a few of the options available to help you get where you want to go.
There are several sustainability and environmentally-focused student organizations you can get involved with.