Connecticut College is a leader in sustainability among campuses nationwide.
As a residential, liberal arts college, Connecticut College has developed a system of collaboration among students, faculty and staff to create a sustainable atmosphere on campus and within the New London community.
At Connecticut College, sustainability is a framework by which long-lasting solutions to local and global challenges are developed through understanding the connections among social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic well-being and including all three within all decision-making and strategic planning processes.
Campus sustainability efforts are rooted in the educational mission of the College. Efforts include integrating sustainability across the curriculum, educating the campus community, modeling sustainable practices and providing real-life learning opportunities for students.
Students play a huge part in developing and achieving sustainability goals, and an even bigger part in planning and implementing programs on campus.
To learn more about the College's sustainability goals, check out our Sustainability Plan.
October 9, 2014
Did you know that Connecticut College has its own Children’s Program? It is located at Holmes Hall, 75 Naemaug Avenue (right down the road from the Ridge Apartments). With about 90 students, the Children’s Program is an early childhood preschool program for young children of all backgrounds. The Program’s curriculum is based on the premise that play enables children to interact and learn from their environment. The children have enjoyed and learned from their interactions with the Children’s Program garden.
This year, the Office of Sustainability is collaborating with the Children’s Program to completely renovate the garden! We, Rebecca Brill Weitz and Soo Cho, are the Office of Sustainability fellows working on the many phases of this exciting project.
With the frost approaching, Mother Nature has set us an approaching deadline for getting work in the garden done this fall. We began our project by weeding, a hefty task given the garden’s location on prime sunny real estate. Fortunately, after just two days of weeding, we could see the layout of the garden. We now must decide how much of the current infrastructure to keep. Since the garden lies on a slope, we plan add crushed stone to all pathways, in an effort to support rainwater to naturally filter into the ground.
Once we finalize the layout of the garden, we will decide on what to plant and where each plant will be placed. We will first choose the locations of the flower bulbs and garlic. The rest can be decided over a good cup of hot cocoa after the snow comes. After the bulbs are in the ground, we will mulch the garden and then let it sleep under the soft blanket of snow.
Long-term goals include building a curriculum for the students that incorporates the garden into their daily activities, mapping out the garden’s produce, and writing grant proposals. We want this garden to not only look awesome, but to be a place where the children come together to play and to grow. Keep an eye out for more updates about this amazing project!