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Report Card 2011

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Connecticut College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Connecticut College

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Endowment: $190 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: New London, Connecticut


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
B +
Connecticut College has incorporated sustainability into its strategic plan and employs a full-time campus environmental coordinator. The Environmental Model Committee and Sustainability Steering Committee have worked to purchase renewable energy credits and conduct an energy audit of the campus. The college purchases Energy Star appliances, recycled paper, and green cleaning products.
The college has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has achieved a 9 percent reduction in emissions since 2008. The campus features a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic array, and the college recently purchased renewable energy credits that represent 15 percent of campus electricity needs.
The college purchases vegetables, fruit, milk, meat, eggs, and seafood from local farms and distributors. All shell eggs used on campus are cage free, and milk is hormone free. The college serves a vegan option at every meal, and fair trade coffee is available on campus. All preconsumer food scraps are composted, as well as 24 percent of postconsumer scraps, and cafeterias are trayless. Traditional materials and electronics are collected for recycling.
Conn College is committed to using green guidelines such as LEED in building planning, and the campus includes two buildings that meet LEED Silver criteria. Since 2005, the college has reduced water consumption per weighted user by 49 percent. All faucets, showerheads, and toilets have been retrofitted with low-flow models, and the college uses porous pavement, retention ponds, and stone swales to manage stormwater.
Student groups have worked to bring more sustainable food to dining halls, replant an abandoned lot, organize an energy conservation competition in residence halls, host a clothing drive, and reduce bottled water use. A campus garden and a bike-sharing program are also run by students. Environmental representatives work to educate their peers about environmental issues, and students interested in sustainability can live in Earth House. New students are given energy-efficient lightbulbs and information about sustainability during orientation.
A shuttle service runs to local shops and entertainment destinations in New London and to the downtown transportation center. A student-run collective lends and repairs bikes. Incoming first-years are prohibited from bringing cars to campus.
The college makes a list of external managers and mutual funds, as well as equity, fixed income, real estate, hedge fund, private equity, venture capital, and natural resource holdings, available at the investment office to trustees and senior administrators.
The college aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds. The college also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The college is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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