Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.46
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Connecticut College
EN-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Margaret Bounds
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
New London County Food Policy Council

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

The New London County Food Policy Council unites farmers, consumers, food banks and a multitude of other organizations to transform the region’s food system for improved health outcomes through policy advocacy and program innovation, alignment and support. Connecticut College’s Office of Sustainability participates in the NLCFPC in an effort to help promote food-related sustainability throughout New London County. The partnership with the NLCFPC has taken the form of a designated intern, social media and communication support, joint grant proposals and meetings hosted on campus. The Assistant Director of Sustainability also serves as a member of the Steering Committee.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Give 'N Go

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

Established in 2010, Give 'N Go is a partnership between Connecticut College, the United Way of Southeaster Connecticut and Safe Futures (a domestic and sexual abuse shelter and transitional living program). At the end of the school year students are able to donate clothing, furniture, appliances, and food as they move out of the residence halls. The United Way and Safe Futures work with the Office of Sustainability to run an "agency pick-up day" when local community organizations can come and take items they need for their operations for free. Leftover items are stored until the start of the next school year for use by first year students. Volunteers and staff from the college and from United Way and Safe Futures work together to plan and implement this annual program. The program in May 2017 collected 11,000 lbs of donations.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
F.R.E.S.H. New London

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

Through Connecticut College's Office of Community Partnerships, work study students are paid with college funds to work as community gardeners at F.R.E.S.H. New London, a local urban farm. F.R.E.S.H. (Food: Resources, Education, Security, Health) New London is a holistic response to hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. The organization promotes and builds local resources to meet local needs. It pursues its mission through food and agriculture projects, in the fields of: experiential education for ecological literacy and health; training for community and individual self-reliance; promotion of improved community management of natural resources; economic opportunities through local agriculture (including youth entrepreneurship); innovative distribution and marketing of locally grown food; and cultivation of the next generation of youth leaders. F.R.E.S.H. focuses its effort in building a vibrant local food system and a model of a food secure community. Work study students provide support with farm projects including planting and harvesting, farm planning, assisting with office clerical work, and working with the FRESH After-School Programs around New London to recruit and educate youth about nature and community gardening.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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