Connecticut College

This submission reflects this organization's contribution to the climate effort, representative of their current actions and commitments as well as the ways in which they intend to step up and collaborate with others.

Connecticut College's Climate Action Contribution

About Connecticut College's Climate Efforts

Connecticut College has adopted a goal to achieve a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. As of 2019, the College has achieved a 16% reduction in emissions from its baseline of 2005. This was achieved through a range of initiatives, from a shift to natural gas in our steam plant, to lighting upgrades around campus, to other improvements in mechanical systems. To reach the new goal, the College will undertake a multi-phased process beginning with a Utility Master Plan that will lay out a long-term strategy for transforming energy production and use on campus. This will be followed by a Climate Action Plan, laying out specific projects and a timeline to meet or exceed the 45% goal. Both plans are to be executed in 2020-2021 academic year.

Climate Action Commitments

Current Climate Actions Connecticut College Is Taking:


Commit to Creating a Green Revolving Fund on Campus or in Community

A Revolving Fund is a financing mechanism targeted to campus climate action projects that lower emissions, increase capacity for future projects, and reduce operating costs. Successful funds are at minimum 1% of the institution’s endowment value, or seeded at one million dollars. This is awarded as a Mark of Distinction for Second Nature Commitment Signatories.


Revise your Institution’s Climate Action Plan to Align with Other Sectors’ Climate Goals

Many campus climate action plans have not been updated in nearly a decade and much in the world has changed since they were first created. Build off of existing examples of climate action plans within the private sector, and/or look at local, city, state, regional, or international examples to allign or exceed your climate goals with new updates. These revisions could also be done in conjunction with a cross-sector forum.

New Climate Actions Connecticut College Commits To Take:


Commit to Increase Your Use of Renewable Power

Increasing your percentage of renewable energy sources is a key component of reducing overall GHG emissions. Installing onsite renewable generation, like solar panels, is a good long-term strategy if possible. But renewable energy can also be procured through Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), renewable power purchasing agreements (PPAs), and in some locations from retail electricity providers or local utilities that offers a high percentage of renewable power. Also consider becoming an EPA Green Power Partner.


Commit to Managing Campus Landholdings as a Carbon Sink

Using proper verification protocols, campuses can use landholdings to sequester carbon. In the cases of large university landholders, this can provide significant “negative carbon emissions” if properly managed. This strategy could be cross-sectorally combined with a public land protection strategy.

Organization details

Higher Education Institution
New London, CT