Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.46
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Connecticut College
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Margaret Bounds
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

The final priority identified in the Strategic Plan adopted in 2016 is "Supporting a diverse, just, and sustainable community." Within this priority campus sustainability is identified as a goal with the following objectives: Solidify the institutional commitment to environmentally responsible and socially just practices, establish principles to guide future campus development reflective of College values, leverage the natural assets of campus and region to advance the College’s priorities, and improve decision-making, conserve resources, and enhance outcomes through the use of new analytical tools.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
No

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Increase the number of sustainability-related courses by 5 percent in a range of disciplines. - Sustainability Plan
Redouble efforts to spread sustainability across the curriculum - Strategic Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Develop sustainability collaborations between and among offices, departments, centers and community organizations that promote environmental stewardship, social equity and economic wellbeing on campus - Sustainability Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Develop sustainability collaborations between and among offices, departments, centers and community organizations that promote environmental stewardship, social equity and economic wellbeing on campus - Sustainability Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Reduce resource consumption (energy, waste, water) and greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent relative to a 2005 baseline -Sustainability Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Consider developing a sustainable residential facility as part of master planning effort - Strategic Plan
Undertake a campus-wide master planning process - Strategic Plan
Enhance and strengthen sustainability policies for construction, building maintenance and land management -Sustainability Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Reduce resource consumption (energy, waste, water) and greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent relative to a 2005 baseline - Sustainability Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Increase sustainable food offerings (e.g. local, ecologically responsible, fair trade, humanely produced) to 10 percent of campus food budget - Sustainability Plan
Explore potential to develop a sustainable food initiative based on local assets - Strategic Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Expand and enhance the campus gardening program as a co-curricular learning
opportunity - Sustainability Plan
Enhance capacity of arboretum as a vehicle for teaching and research in the natural sciences - Strategic Plan
Open campus access to the Thames River for scholarship and recreation - Strategic Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Establish resources to help the campus community locate discounts and purchase opportunities for environmentally benign and socially responsible products - Sustainability Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Expand and develop opportunities for the College community to travel to, from and around campus in ways that reduce fuel consumption and increase a sense of community - Sustainability Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Reduce resource consumption (energy, waste, water) and greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent relative to a 2005 baseline. - Sustainability Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Reduce resource consumption (energy, waste, water) and greenhouse gas emissions by 3 percent relative to a 2005 baseline. - Sustainability Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

Connecticut College is proud of its pioneering tradition of ecological awareness and responsibility and intends to remain a leader in safeguarding the environment. The arboretum campus is an ecological showpiece, and the College's procedures and programs aim to preserve and protect the environment, both locally and globally, and to prepare citizens sensitive to the need for responsible environmental stewardship.


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

At Connecticut College, sustainability is a framework for discovering economically sound, socially just, and environmentally favorable solutions to local and global challenges.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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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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