News and Archives

2017 Archives

ConnPIRG demands that Trinity be 100% renewable by 2050 by Trinna Larsen ‘20. Read about it here
Chartwells restarts involvement in composting program with Green Campus, composting trips increased to two days a week
Green Campus composting expanded to include Zach Hillel House and Underground Coffeehouse
Green Campus organized Earth Week in spring - included Elizabeth Park clean-up, Trashion Fashion by Amy Merli, the director of the organization, and Cave Patio display of recyclables found in trash cans in one weekend on North Campus
Recycling posters updated on recycling bins by Naty Bush ‘19
Survey of waterbottle usage habits of Trinity students by Bailey D’Antonio ‘18
Action Coalition of Trinity (ACT) was founded; one of the demands of the coalition is to improve Trinity’s sustainability efforts
Trinity Sustainability Coalition (TSC) was founded to better organize environmental leadership efforts by students


2016 Archives

The Green Campus composting program with Mather Hall became more publicized and trips to a local composting site were made once a week.  Read about the program here.

Earth Week included a lecture series​ at the TREEHouse.


2014 Archives​

A review of the progress made towards the Sustainability Goals of 2013 is available in the Progress Report, linked here.

Mellon Grant for Curriculum Development and Student Projects

Six $1,000 stipends to faculty for course development and two $500 stipends to students for course related projects are now available through a President Mellon Grant. The Sustainability Task Force Curriculum Committee applied for the grants in order to increase the number of sustainability courses available at Trinity and thus further the dialogue among the community surrounding sustainability. For information on the grants, email Applications are due by March 1st.


2013 Archives

Sustainability Strategic Plan of 2013

The Sustainability Task Force released the Sustainability Strategic Plan of 2013 (SP13) with plans to be completed by the end of spring 2013, with categories for each goal: Green building, education, community engagement, dining services, Climate Action Plan support, transportation, water, and recycling and solid waste.

Innovative Recycling Panel: Sustainable Resource Use in a Competitive Business Environment, 11/12/13

Faculty, civil servants, and an industry leader addressed the topic of sustainable resource use in the context of the modern economy during a panel discussion on 11/12/13. The Panelists included  Professors Anne-Marie Hanson and Garth Myers, Marilynn-Cruz Aponte, Assistant to the Director of Public Works for the City of Hartford, Sherill Baldwin of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and Michael D'Auria, Logistics Director of Fusion Paperboard LLC. Over 50 students, staff, and faculty attended the Common Hour event, which was held in Rittenberg Lounge. 

Sustainability Day, 10/23/13

A joint effort of Facilities, Green Campus, and several volunteers, Sustainability Day featured several informative stations. Tabling in Mather informed students of our progress towards energy efficiency and waste reduction, as well as a pledge collection for new water fountains and composting in Mather Dining Hall. An Elkay Representative was onsite with a model of a sample water bottle filling station and was available to answer students questions. Outside, Green Campus ran a waste audit of a freshman and upper classman. The audit revealed that freshman recycled 1/3 of their waste, while the upperclassman recycle only 1/6 of their waste. This information is both a part of the Fresh Perspectives Grant and informs its progression.   

Fresh Perspectives NESCSF Mini-Grant

An effort to increase recycling in freshman residence halls has been funded by the New England Campus Sustainability Forum. The $1000 grant covers a student manager, supplies for residence hall recycling, waste audits, a speaker panel and several in-hall events. The student manager, Priyanka Menezes ('14), is working extensively with Green Campus and Facilities to implement the programming.

Sustainability Energy Efficiency Projects Completed Spring 2013

Several Energy Efficiency projects were completed in Spring 2013 under the direction of Facilities, funded by the Facilities Department and State and Utility Incentives. The projects are designed to save Trinity 319,800KWh per year. To view more information on individual projects, view the promotional materials here.​ 

Bantam Blitz!, Earth Week 2013

The Facilities Department hosted a competition between 16 residence halls to see who can reduce their energy usage the most over Earth Week, April 21-28th. Congratulations to the winning dorms, Goodwin-Woodward and Summit east.  They reduced their electricity consumption by an average of 15%! The website where students can check their dorms' electricity consumption is permanent. Visit it at​ today. 

As part of an effort to increase cross-campus collaboration and to promote Bantam Blitz, Facilities worked with the Zachs Hillel House and the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) to host a sustainability themed Shabbat dinner. Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, occurs every week from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday night and is a time to reconnect with ourselves, friends, family and our environment. The program began with a SHAC student leading a meditation, followed by the traditional Friday service and dinner organized and funded by Hillel. Sustainability was laced throughout the evening with the inclusion of LED strings of light in the dining hall, beeswax candles, a vegetarian and local entree, free water bottles from SHAC, and plants for the students to take home.​


Sustainability Internship

A new student sustainability internship is being offered to students for Summer/Fall 2013. Interns will work with EH&S/Sustainability Staff and a faculty mentor to complete a real and meaningful sustainability project of their choice. Interns can apply for credit through the Career Services Office or use the internship for the ENVS Integrating Experience requirement. A detailed description of the program is available here

RecycleMania, February-March 2013

Weekly events were held during RecycleMania to showcase and promote recycling on campus. The national Recycling Competition promotes awareness of recycling and gives colleges and universities an incentive to raise their recycling rates. Trinity recycled approx. 13% of its waste during the competition and ran a successful round of book collections for Better World Books with the Community Service Office.
For a full report of past winners, click here.

Trashion Fashion Show

The Fred (Summit East) hosted a Friday night event to promote awareness of sustainability by turning trash and recycling items into fashionable clothing for a fashion show. The idea came from a formal Trashion Fashion show that can be read about here​.


2012 Archives

October 24, 2012Sustainability Day, October 2012: Students from Green Campus speak with the campus community at display tables in Mather Hall.

The Facilities Department coordinated a campus-wide Sustainability Day with participation from Green Campus, ConnPIRG, The Underground Cafe, Peter B's, the Library, the Bookstore, and the Office of Campus Life. Sustainability Day featured educational booths in Mather Hall, a sculpture of recycled materials on the Cave Patio, discounts for bringing your own mug to the campus cafes and a highly popular renewable energy raffle. The raffle, sponsored by the Office of Campus Life, included prizes such as reusable shaker flashlights and solar cellphone and ipad chargers.

October 17, 2012

A bulletin board has been posted in the basement of Mather Hall with information on recycling, the college's carbon footprint, and how to contact the Facilities Department.

September 18, 2012​

Trinity Tripod article announces that Trinity now uses single-stream recycling. Read the article here​.

August 20, 2012

The Facilities Department renewed its commitment to recycling at outdoor events with the purchase of 20 large, blue recycling bins. The Department also developed single-stream lids and large signs to accompany the bins.    

July, 2012

Trinity College achieved a 25% recycling diversion rate in July 2012, due to high volumes of recycled paper shredding and single-stream recycling and a low volume of municipal solid waste during the summer months.  This diversion rate is a 100% increase from previous years and reinforce 25% diversion as an achievable goal for the 2012-2013 academic year. 



2009 Archives


Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, addresses First-Year students at the Koeppel Center.

FEBRUARY 5, 2009

Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator in the Environmental Science Program Dr. Jonathan R. Gourley hosts a teach-in Web cast event at 8 p.m. in the McCook Auditorium on the topic of "Solutions for the First 100 Days" in the new Obama administration.

JANUARY 15, 2009

President James F. Jones, Jr. announces Trinity College's participation in the RecycleMania competition.  The competition begins January 18th and goes for ten weeks.


2008 Archives


Green Building Policy

In the spring of 2008, student Bryce Blum '10 drafted a Green Building Policy for the College that would require all new construction and major renovations to meet LEED Silver standards.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is a self-assessing system designed for rating new and existing commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings. It is a feature-oriented system where points are earned for satisfying each criterion. Different levels of green building certification are awarded based on the total points earned. The system is designed to be comprehensive in scope, yet simple in operation. Certification levels include Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Criteria are grouped into six major categories with a pre-specified amount of possible points. Major categories are further defined into multiple credit topics that describe the intent, requirements, and basic technologies/strategies for each credit. Four of the major categories have one or more prerequisites that do not accumulate points.
The major categories are:
Sustainable Sites (ex: erosion and sediment control, bicycle storage, storm water treatment)
Water Efficiency (ex: reduce or eliminate irrigation, water-efficient landscaping)
Energy and Atmosphere (ex: building systems commissioning, energy analysis, elimination of HCFCs)
Materials and Resources (ex: recycling areas, certified wood and construction waste management)
Indoor Environmental Quality (ex: low-emitting paints, energy monitoring)
Innovation and Design Process (ex: emissions reduction, ENERGY STAR appliances)

Mini-Grant Program

In the fall of 2008, a sustainability mini-grant program was created through a $10,000 commitment from College President James F. Jones, Jr. The goal of this program was to enable members of the Trinity community to undertake relatively small-scale projects in order to advance the College's desire to be a more environmentally friendly institution.
The following project proposals were approved:
Emily Quinton '11 and Elisabeth Cianciola '10, on behalf of Green Campus, started a reusable bag-share program for Trinity's dining facilities
Maggie Thomas '10 and Colby Tucker '09 started a student-run clothesline and drying rack program
Jacob Prosnit '12 worked with the IT Department to develop and launch an electronic rideboard system

DECEMBER 6, 2008

Nature photography from George Ostertag is on display at Mather Art Gallery through December 12.

NOVEMBER 15, 2008

The Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival hosted by Cinestudio makes it into the Hartford Courant! Click here to read the article.

NOVEMBER 13, 2008

Trinity's Center for Urban and Global Studies hosts a Common Hour event -- "Dealing with Sustainability Challenges: Lessons from Trinity, Hartford, and Connecticut" featuring panelists Joan Morrison (Associate Professor of Biology at Trinity), Karen Misbach (Manager of Environmental Health and Safety and Sustainability at Trinity), Amey Marrella (Deputy Commissioner for the CT Department of Environmental Protection), and Mary Rickel Pelletier (Project Director of the Park River Watershed Revitalization Initiative).

NOVEMBER 10, 2008

  • Trinity's partnership with Nexus Environmental Partners is covered by the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch.
  • Trinity's sustainability efforts are mentioned in an article on the Matter Network. Click here to read it!

OCTOBER 23, 2008

Trinity's First Annual Campus Sustainability Day makes the Hartford Courant!

SEPTEMBER 18, 2008

Trinity's Zipcar program is covered in the Hartford Advocate.​

SEPTEMBER 11, 2008

Trinity's Zipcar program is covered in the Hartford Courant.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2008

Trinity's Zipcar program is featured in the Hartford Business Journal Online. Click here to read the article! 


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