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

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
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:

Derek Turner, Faculty, Committee Co-Chair
Doug Thompson, Faculty, Committee Co-Chair
Lisa Race, Faculty
Mohamed Diagne, Faculty
Milo Becker, Student, SGA Sustainability Chair
Liam Rimas, Student representative
Dominique Moran, Student representative
Rich Madonna, VP for Finance and Administration or their designee
Pamela Dumas Serfes, VP for Communications or their designee
John McKnight, Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion or their designee
Geoff Norbert, Assistant Dean of Student Engagement
Miles Sax, 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 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 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 Doug Thompson, Suzi Oppenheimer '56 Faculty Director of the Office of Sustainability

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

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

The President's Sustainability Council was established in 2019 to further sustainability goals as described in the College’s Strategic Plan and Campus Sustainability Plan. The Council works with the senior administration to approve campus-wide sustainability initiatives and policies, develop an annual campus sustainability campaign, and ensure effective communication of the College’s sustainability efforts across campus and in the community. The Council has selected the campus theme topics for the past two years - Putting the Liberal Arts into Climate Action (2019-2020) and Nourishing Community (2020-2021). They also passed two new policies in September 2020 - an updated Sustainable Buildings Policy and a Bottled Water Policy. Finally, they adopted a new emissions reduction goal for the campus in April 2020 - a 45% reduction by 2030.


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