In the fall of 2007, Trinity College President James F. Jones, Jr. signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). As a signatory of the Commitment, Trinity College has joined the leaders of more than 600 other higher education institutions across the country in agreeing to take concrete steps in three areas to achieve climate neutrality.
Climate Action Plan: Developing a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible.
Immediate Actions: Initiating two or more steps to reduce greenhouse gases while the comprehensive plan is developed.
Transparency: Provide public access to the comprehensive plan, greenhouse gas inventory, and progress updates through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
The table below outlines the progress Trinity College has made in all three key action areas.
Climate Action Plan
- Created a Sustainability Task Force to oversee the development of the Climate Action Plan.
- Developed a greenhouse gas inventory with Nexus Environmental and Groom Energy.
- Created a Climate Action Plan that will see a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050.
- Contracted ARAMARK, the Facilities Management Team to reduce energy consumption 10% by 2021.
The Climate Action Plan includes projects in all of the following areas:
- Energy Conservation and Efficiency
- Building Improvements
- Mitigation Strategies
- Behavior Change Initiatives
- Purchase ENERGY STAR-certified products when certification is available.
- Build all new campus construction to LEED Silver standards or higher, as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Replaced all #6 Fuel Oil with natural gas.
Encourage carpooling through a campus ride-sharing website.
Provide Zip Cars on campus and U-Passes for students to encourage alternatives to regular car usage.
- Increase campus awareness through energy competitions and educational events.
- Update the greenhouse gas inventory annually.
- Provide updated information on Trinity's Carbon Footprint website.
- Continually update greenhouse gas inventories and provide updates to the campus community.
The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment is the first joint initiative by any major sector of society to set climate neutrality -- not just reduction of emissions -- as its target. The Commitment is being supported and implemented by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Second Nature, and ecoAmerica.
For more information, and to review the Commitment, visit the ACUPCC website.