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

Connecticut College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Margaret Bounds
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

Environmental Model Committee
1. The Committee provides leadership in college-wide environmental planning and implementation by developing policies in support of campus-wide sustainability goals, initiating programs and overseeing community environmental education. The Committee advocates for college operations that function as models of sustainability by working on environmental initiatives with the appropriate administrative, faculty and student offices, committees, and groups.
2. The committee is specifically concerned with climate action planning for mitigation of carbon emissions and campus climate resiliency; the conservation of energy, water and other natural resources; the minimization of environmental pollution; and reducing the college’s ecological footprint.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Michelle Neely, Faculty, Committee Chair
Jane Dawson, Faculty, Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment
Chad Jones, Faculty Director of the Office of Sustainability
Lera Shynkarova, Student, SGA Sustainability Chair
Josh Lee, Student
Rich Madonna, VP for Finance and Administration or their designee
Pamela Dumas Serfes, VP for Communications or their designee
Geoff Norbert, Assistant Dean of Student Engagement
Glenn Dryer, Director of the Arboretum
Margaret Bounds, Assistant Director of Sustainability


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability was established in 2013 to direct the College's campus and community sustainability efforts and priorities. The mission of the Office of Sustainability is to advance the understanding and application of holistic sustainability through projects on campus and integration in the curriculum. The Office of Sustainability has one full time staff member (Assistant Director of Sustainability), a part-time Faculty Director, and paid and unpaid student interns.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2.20

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Margaret Bounds, Assistant Director of Sustainability and Chad Jones, Suzi Oppenheimer '56 Faculty Director of the Office of Sustainability

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Office of Sustainability was established in 2013 to direct the College's campus and community sustainability efforts and priorities. The Office of Sustainability was directly involved in the creation of a new campus Strategic Plan, which includes sustainability as a goal. A Campus Sustainability Planning Task Force was launched in Fall 2017 to expand the overarching goals outlined in the Strategic Plan into the first long-term Campus Sustainability Plan for the college. Due to work by student interns and the Office, a revolving fund was established in 2015 to fund energy efficiency projects on campus. The Office of Sustainability coordinates the following ongoing programs: Give 'N Go (move out program), Office Swap, Camel Sprouts (nutrition education at the Children's Center), and the Lending Library.


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