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Your Gifts at Work: Facilities

Weitz Center for Creativity Flooded stadium & track Track

Carleton is committed to good stewardship of our campus and facilities. From caring for historic buildings to careful management of the arboretum, to ensuring future sustainability of the College’s campus, your support has helped to ensure that Carleton will continue to thrive.

  • “This is going to be a very active community space, filled with students, faculty, and our neighbors,” Steve Richardson, director of arts at Carleton, says of the commons at the new Weitz Center for Creativity. The Center, which incorporates and expands the former Northfield Middle School, will strengthen Carleton’s ties to the community in new ways, such as assistant professor of English Pierre Hecker’s course “Shakespeare and Film,” featuring screenings that are open to the public.
  • Carleton received high scores on the College Sustainability Report Card in 2011, one of only 53 schools nationwide to earn a grade of A- or better. The College got high marks for buying local foods, composting, using hybrids in the campus fleet, and hosting competitions to reduce water and energy consumption. Martha Larson, who was hired in 2010 as Carleton’s first manager of campus energy and sustainability, is providing leadership for the implementation of the new Climate Action Plan to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Carleton’s second wind turbine arrives on campus this fall. When the 1.6 megawatt turbine goes online, it will put the College one-sixth of the way toward its goal of entirely offsetting its carbon footprint by 2050. Part of a $4 million gift from Richard and Laurie Kracum (both ’76) provided the funds for the second turbine.
  • Fall flooding caused unprecedented damage to Carleton’s athletic facilities, necessitating the replacement of the College’s outdoor track and major repairs to the ground level of Laird Stadium. Insurance proceeds have enabled Carleton to move forward with several enhancements, including the removal of the sloped indoor track and modernizing and expanding the facility’s locker and training rooms. Additional fundraising, already underway, seeks to address additional pressing needs of Carleton’s varsity and club teams and would transform Laird Stadium into a highly-functional athletics facility.