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Report Card 2010

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Connecticut College
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Connecticut College

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Endowment: $160 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: New London, Connecticut

Enrollment: 1,856

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

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Connecticut College employs one full-time campus environmental coordinator, and the Environmental Model Committee (EMC) advises and provides recommendations to the administration to support campus sustainability initiatives. Some Energy Star appliances, recycled paper, and green cleaning products are purchased. Environmental stewardship is addressed in the campus strategic plan.
The college has completed four greenhouse gas inventories and has reduced emissions by 20 percent since 2004. A solar array is atop Park Residence Hall, and 96 percent of electricity use is offset by the purchase of renewable energy credits. System tune-ups have been performed for energy efficiency.
Dining services sources produce from the on-campus organic garden. All shell eggs purchased are cage-free, and all milk is hormone- and antibiotic-free. Composting programs are run in 80 percent of dining facilities, and all dining halls are trayless. All landscape waste is composted or mulched, and there is a program to collect and donate used furniture and clothing at the end of the semester.
The college is committed to using green guidelines such as LEED in building planning, and one building and one lecture hall meet LEED Silver criteria. All faucets, showerheads, and toilets have been retrofitted to low-flow models, and motion sensors have been installed in some buildings. Sixty-five percent of construction waste is recycled.
The Renewable Energy Club has helped reduce electricity consumption in the dorms by 15 percent in the past year. The club also lobbies for national climate legislation, runs a lightbulb exchange for students, and was instrumental in initiating the college's composting program. There is also a student-run organic garden, bike co-op, and a group promoting water conservation on campus. Students have the option to apply to live in Earth House, a residential community for eco-friendly living.
Both bike- and car-sharing programs are available on campus. A shuttle service that runs to New London and the downtown transportation center is also offered.
The college makes a list of external managers, a list of mutual funds, and information about multiple holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. This information is available at the investment office.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in certain funds that include holdings of companies involved in renewable energy. The college is also invested in certain energy funds that target alternative energy investments as part of their portfolios.
The college does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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