Student Involvement

TRINITY SUSTAINABILITY COALITION

The Trinity Sustainability Coalition (TSC), established in Spring 2017, is an integrative group of students from all sustainability efforts on campus, both within clubs and individual projects, to improve communication and facilitate more effective methods to make Trinity a more environmentally friendly campus. Students from Green Campus, ConnPIRG, the Community Service Office, Action Coalition of Trinity (ACT), and Praxis are included in TSC.

 


GREEN CAMPUS

Green Campus works to promote sustainable practices across campus through student action. Historically, Green Campus been at the forefront of the recycling movement at Trinity. Up until 2011, the group has purchased renewable energy certificates, as shown below, from renewable energy companies to provide power for campus-wide events such as Homecoming Weekend, Spring Weekend, and Commencement.

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Current initiatives include: 

​​​Students create a sculpture of a bantam out of recycled materials at a Sustainbitliy day, Oct. 24th, 2012.
Green Campus Members create a sculpture of a bantam out of recycled materials at a Fall 2012 Sustainability Day event.​​​​​
  • Supporting recycling across campus through general education and posters
  • Organizing a "Dump and Run" at the end of each academic semester for students to drop off unwanted clothing, furniture, and electronics for donation to local Hartford charities and the Coop
  • Establishing a weekly composting program at Mather, Bistro, Zachs Hillel House, and the Underground Coffeehouse
  • Collaborating with JELLO and other volunteer-based organizations to help with park clean-ups
Email trinitycollege.greencampus@gmail.com for more information or to get involved.



CONNPIRG's ZERO WASTE CAMPAIGN

For the 2012-2013 year, ConnPIRG's environmental focus was a campaign to effectively eliminate waste within the state. ConnPIRG is spreading awareness of the problems associated with the current  production and waste disposal methods in Connecticut. From a production standpoint, excess packaging, the "single-use" culture, and lack of manufacturer​ responsibility all need to be addressed to reduce waste. From a waste standpoint, current methods of waste disposal need to have an increased focus on recycling and composting, rather than waste-to-energy incineration plants. 

For the 2016-2017 year, the organization established a demand that Trinity College become zero-waste by 2050. This goal will be met with the installment of sources of renewable energy and increased involvement with the student body to reduce electrical, food, and general waste. The President of Trinity College's chapter of ConnPIRG for this academic year, Trinna Larsen '20, was included in Environmental America's selection of college students taking initiative for environmentalism efforts.

For more information, visit: 

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Originally an organization that was active during Trinity's January term (J-term), the January Experience of Living, Learning, and Outreach (JELLO) is now a year-long club that collaborates with parks and other organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to provide Trinity students with the opportunity to become more involved in the Hartford community. As of the Spring 2017 semester, JELLO has worked primarily with Knox Park for gardening, trash pick-ups, and general beautification of Hartford parks, and with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for families in need of affordable housing.









COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICE

The Community Service and Civic Engagement Office, located in the basement of Mather Hall, is the central point of student involvement in environmentalism. The office is directed by Joe Barber, who​ can be contacted at 860-297-4256 with any questions. Meetings for JELLO, Habitat for Humanity, TSC, and other related clubs are held in this office, and all other clubs, such as Green Campus, relate back to students working in the office to better distribute information about events to the student body.

Students considering to be more involved in sustainability on campus are encouraged to stop by the office to meet students and staff who are organizing these efforts.


THE TREEHOUSE

The TREEHouse (Trinity Recreational and Environmental Education House) is an overarching themed meeting space where students involved in Green Campus, the Outdoors Club, and the Biology Club can coordinate plans for the semester.

In 2009, the TREEhouse started a composting bin in partnership with the Zachs Hillel House and installed solar panels on the roof of the house. An additional composting unit was installed in the fall of 2012. 






SUSTAINABILITY INTERNSHIP

A sustainability internship is available to students at Trinity, providing the opportunity to do real and meaningful work on campus. Interns will work one-on-one with EH&S/Sustainability staff and a faculty mentor to develop a sustainability project and see it to completion. Interns can apply for credit through the ENVS department (for ENVS 405/an Integrating Experience) or through Career Services. 

See the Intern Description​ for all the details, including potential projects. Contact Cristoph Geiss at christoph.geiss@trincoll.edu with questions.






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