Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
0.50 / 0.50 Chad Jones
Former Faculty Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Student/Alumni Collaborative Solar Project

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Starting with an independent study course offered in Spring 2020, a group of students has been working with Professor Chad Jones and alumnus Rocky Ackroyd '83 to design and install a solar array on our Service Building. Students led all aspects of this project from the design of the solar array, to working with the city Building Department on permits, to actually installing the solar panels on the roof. This experience provided the students with practical skills in solar energy and two students have gone on to work for solar companies after graduation. Rocky Ackroyd '83, the owner of a solar company, mentored the students during the course and continued to work on implementing the project after the course had ended. He provided the panels and other supplies to the College at cost and donated his labor and expertise to the project. This allowed us to fully fund the project through our Sustainability Revolving Fund and the sale of the ZRECs. The solar array was installed on April 30 and May 1, 2021 by a group of volunteer students, alumni, faculty and staff. The project will provide approximately 2/3 of the electricity needed for the Service Building and has a financial payback of 8 years. The course will be offered again in the coming academic year with the goal of installing a second solar project in 2022.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.