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Sustainability

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Solar Energy Production at QVCC

You may have seen the solar panels atop the roofs of the buildings at the far east end of campus, well now you can see how much energy is being produced on a daily basis by accessing the following link – QVCC Solar.


Climate Action PlanSecondNature_Carbon_Blue

In 2013, Quinebaug Valley Community College signed on to the Presidents’ Climate Commitment initiative, beginning a process whereby the college will oppose climate change, become more sustainable, and plan for a carbon neutral future.

In April 2016, QVCC adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) which was prepared by a group of faculty, staff, and students in conjunction with the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment guidelines (now Second Nature).  The plan is focused on two overarching goals:

–  To become a climate-neutral College by the year 2050, and
–  To integrate concepts of sustainability throughout the curriculum.

QVCC’s progress in this initiative, as well as graphs, various reports, and the most recent data can be found at the QVCC Institutional Profile page located on the Second Nature website.

The full text of our Climate Action Plan can be found at the following link: QVCC Climate Action Plan.

6/8/2017 – Press Release: QVCC Joins Coalition to Declare Support of Climate Action.  The full text of the Coalition Statement as well as a list of signatories can be found at the following link: We Are Still In

5/2016 – President’s Climate Commitment Progress Report for 2015 can be found here.


Climate and Energy Shed

The Science Department is in the process of building and outfitting a climate and energy lab to be located in a small building behind the east wing of the College.  This building has recently been equipped with instrumentation to monitor weather conditions which will allow students to explore issues such as climate change and alternative energy issues.  The picture shows the shed in the spring of 2016 prior to installation of the equipment.


Earth Hour 2018

Every year, millions of people around the world join the Earth Hour movement and switch off their lights for one hour to show support for protecting our planet and stopping climate change.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8:30 PM, QVCC joined this global movement by turning off the College‘s non-essential lights for one hour.  We hope to make this a yearly event.  For more information about Earth Hour, please visit https://www.earthhour.org/what-is-earth-hour.