Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) have made commitments to become carbon neutral and have implemented sustainability actions across their campuses. The colleges and universities are supported through their involvement with organizations such as the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking and Reporting System (STARS), and the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
In 2016 the Institute for Sustainable Energy benchmarked energy and water use at the 12 CSCU community colleges. This work was done through the support of Energize CT and in coordination with the development of the CSCU Energy Management Plan. The reports summarizing this work provide useful information and graphs on energy and water use at Connecticut’s community colleges and highlight opportunities for energy and cost savings. View the reports here.
Learn more about each institution’s sustainability initiatives by clicking on the links below:
Asnuntuck Community College
Capital Community College – Offers students courses in construction management that include sustainability in design and construction methodologies. CCC also offers an Urban Farming Certificate over the summer and fall.
Central Connecticut State University – Offers students a curricular specialization in Global Sustainability through the Master of Science in Geography program. An active committee known as the President’s Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability (PACES) works on improving the campus and making sustainable choices. Central has also signed on to the ACUPCC, and hosts an annual Sustainability Symposium.
Charter Oak State College – Offers students a Geography concentration in the General Studies Major. The program educates students on how to explain issues and problems in the world today, including but not limited to: natural hazards and environmental risks, environmental problems and sustainability.
Eastern Connecticut State University – Offers students an undergraduate major and minor in Sustainable Energy Studies; is the home for the Institute for Sustainable Energy involved with energy efficiency and sustainability around the state. The University has earned an AASHE STARS Silver rating twice now, and has signed on to the ACUPCC. Eastern also has an active green campus committee who meet once a month year round.
Gateway Community College – Offers students a number of courses related to alternative and renewable energy offered through the Center for Sustainable Future. There are also a number of alternative fuel courses offered throughout the year.
Housatonic Community College – Has offered students courses in solar energy through their renewable energy lab.
Manchester Community College – Students can get involved with sustainability at MCC by taking an environmental course, or joining a sustainability club. The college now offers a Sustainable Energy Certificate which has the objective of educating students about sustainable energy and sustainable systems. MCC has also signed onto the ACUPCC.
Middlesex Community College – Offers a number of courses integrating sustainability, and the Climate Action Plan has been completed in February 2015 after signing the ACUPCC back in 2012. There is an active group known as the President’s Committee Action Response Team (PCART) that organizes campus sustainability efforts. MXCC also hosted the state’s first Campus Sustainability Conference in April 2014, organized by the Institute for Sustainable Energy.
Naugatuck Valley Community College – Offers courses in environmental science and a Certificate in Environmental Systems which covers environmental regulations, hazardous materials, recycling, and waste minimization.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College – Offers courses in sustainable living and sustainable design, as well as environmental science. The 4-semester Associate degree in Natural Resources provides students with a background in basic sciences as well as nature conservancy and sustainable resource management.
Norwalk Community College – Offers students courses in sustainability and energy efficiency through the program known as Building Energy and Sustainability Technology (BEST). The BEST program prepares students for new “green-collar jobs” in sustainable building, energy efficiency auditing, and renewable energy. They have also signed on to the ACUPCC in 2009, and feature the NCC CARES – NCC Committee for Active and Responsible Environmental Sustainability.
Quinebaug Valley Community College – Offers students courses in environmental science which integrate sustainable energy and the environment. They have signed on to the ACUPCC in 2009, and there has been an environmental high school built on to the main building on campus. The Institute for Sustainable Energy led a campus sustainability workshop with student’s faculty and staff in the spring of 2014.
Southern Connecticut State University – Has an Office of Sustainability and sustainability coordinator, as well as a recycling coordinator. Students can take courses in environmental science, sustainability learning communities, and become part of a club. Southern has signed on to ACUPCC back in 2009, and hosted the campus sustainability roundtable event in November 2014. The campus has a recycling center as well as a campus community garden!
Three Rivers Community College – Offers students a program in Sustainable Landscape Ecology and Conservation.
Western Connecticut State University – Offers students courses in environmental science, and has signed on to the ACUPCC in 2009. Western’s dining services is committed to sustainability initiatives. They have also offered honors courses in sustainability in the past, and maintain a few recycling programs throughout campus.