WHAT IS TRINITY'S CARBON FOOTPRINT?
As a large institution, Trinity is mindful of its environmental footprint. Trinity currently produces approximately 20,000 tons of CO2 Eq. (carbon dioxide equivalent). Electricity, heating and cooling, and hot water produce over 85% of these emissions.
WHAT IS TRINITY DOING TO REDUCE ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT?
Trinity hired Nexus Environmental Partners in the summer of 2008 to determine the College's environmental footprint.
This initial audit identified short and long-term action items that are the basis of Trinity's Climate Action Plan.
Trinity has monitored its carbon footprint since 2007. Between 2007 and 2008, Trinity replaced nearly all #6 Fuel Oil with natural gas, reducing air pollution and some carbon emissions (as shown at right). The Climate Action Plan calls for steady reduction in carbon emissions over the next century. For more information, visit the President's Climate Commitment
WHAT CAN I DO TO REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT?
- Report overheating in a building or room on the facilities request page Facilities.Trincoll.edu.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- Take a shorter shower.
- Turn off all electronics when you are not using them, including phones and computers. It is a myth that it takes additional electricity to turn a computer on. Turning a computer off saves electricity.
- Use a power strip with an on/off switch to make turning off appliances and electronics easier.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room, even if it is a common room you share with other people.
To calculate your personal carbon footprint, visit http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/