Energy

As electricity consumption composes 49% of Trinity's carbon footprint, the College is committed to increasing energy-efficiency and conservation efforts. Trinity's​ Facilities Department has undertaken a number of projects such as replacing incandescent lights with fluorescent ones and installing variable frequency drives which have, as of 2013, reduced the College's carbon emissions by 977,319 pounds, the equivalent of taking 24.43 cars off the road.

The Facilities Department previously set up real-time electricity monitoring of dorms. With this technology, the college can host electricity reduction competitions between dorms from 2011 to 2013. Bantam Blitz, a competition using real-time monitoring, was last held from April 21st-27th, 2013. The winners were Summit East and Goodwin-Woodward by reducing their electricity use by 18% and 13% respectively during the competition.

In June of 2008, College President James F. Jones, Jr. committed to a policy in which ENERGY STAR appliances will be purchased wherever possible. Visit ENERGY STAR's website for information on how to reduce electrical waste, particularly for college students.


CONSERVATION TIPS

  • Turn off your computer, printer and speakers when not in use (especially at night)
  • Turn off the lights when you leave any room unoccupied
  • Switch incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent ones--an easy step to take thanks to ConnPIRG's Campus Climate Challenge exchange program
  • Take short, cool showers
  • Only wash full loads of laundry
  • Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air-conditioned areas
  • Unplug appliances like microwaves and refrigerators when not in use and when off-campus for breaks

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Email sustainability@trincoll.edu with suggestions for areas where the Facilities Department could install a systematic electricity reduction device, including:
  • Infrequently used rooms without automatic light sensors
  • Vending machines without a sleep-mode device
  • Common rooms with TVs or other electronics

Find more information about energy consumption and what you can do to help at the following websites: