Sustainability at the Board of Regents
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities 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).
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.
Central Connecticut State University – Offers students a curricular specialization in Global Sustainability through the Master of Science in Geography program, there is also an active committee known as the President’s Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability (PACES). Central has also signed on to the ACUPCC, and hosts an annual Sustainability Symposium.
Charter Oak State College
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, and has earned an AASHE STARS Silver rating, 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.
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. MCC has also signed onto the ACUPCC.
Middlesex Community College – Offers a number of courses integrating sustainability, and they have recently begun to write their Climate Action Plan after joining the ACUPCC. 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.
Northwestern Connecticut Community College – Offers courses in sustainable living and sustainable design, as well as environmental science.
Norwalk Community College – Offers students courses in sustainability and energy efficiency through the program known as Building Energy and Sustainability Technology (BEST). They have also signed on to the ACUPCC.
Quinebaug Valley Community College – Offers students courses in environmental science which integrate sustainability. They have recently signed on to the ACUPCC, 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, and will be hosting the upcoming campus sustainability roundtable event in November 2014.
Three Rivers Community College – Offers students a program in Sustainable Landscape Ecology and Conservation.
Tunxis Community College
Western Connecticut State University – Offers students courses in environmental science, and has signed on to the ACUPCC. Western’s dining services is committed to sustainability initiatives.