Steps you can take while at work to contribute to a more sustainable campus.
Reduce Energy and Electricity Use
- Turn off lights and power off electronics when not in use, at night, on weekends, and holiday breaks.
- You can recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) at our recycling center in Mather Hall.
- If you see any light bulbs that are out, water fountains with low pressure, or have any other maintenance requests click here.
Opt for a car-free ride
- Use Public Transportation as often as you can. Check out the live map that displays real-time bus data created by the Liberal Arts Action Lab.
- Ride your bike to work. Fewer personal cars on campus reduces traffic, congestion and CO2 emissions.
- Teach your students how to ride the bus. Class field trips are a great way to help students explore the city of Hartford.
Donate, Compost, and Recycle
- Trinity College participates in single stream recycling. This means all your recyclables go in the same bin. All our dining facilities participate in a composting program, everyone can compost their food scraps in Mather Hall. For more information on recycling and composting click here.
- Help us reduce the amount of waste that goes into the landfill. Here are are couple of tips:
- Carry your own refillable water bottle at all times.
- Bring your own mug to Peter B’s or the Underground and receive a discount.
- Order your drinks in real cups or mugs if you don’t need them ‘to go’.
- Some items are harder to recycle, such as light bulbs, batteries, small electronics and plastics bags. Bring those items to the recycling center in Mather Hall. We also recycle ink cartridges, bring them to the Office of Community Service and Civic engagement in the basement of Mather.
- You can also donate items that could be reused to stock The Coop or be given to a local organization. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to donate.
- During the spring of 2019 the Office of Community Service and Civic engagement partnered with the Office of Sustainability to create a Bantam Office Supplies Exchange in addition to the existing Book Swap. Both are located in the basement of Mather Hall by the elevator and are open all year as long as there is inventory.
Eat Well, Be Well, Get Outdoors
- Students, faculty, and staff can also lead a sustainable lifestyle by acquiring a plot at our community garden. Trinity College’s Community Garden is managed by Trinfo Cafe, a community space connecting Hartford to Trinity College. The community garden is a space where local residents can connect with rest of the Trinity community and build relationships based on mutual interests, like gardening, composting, cooking or beekeeping.
- Trinity’s recreation department offers a variety of fitness classes on and off-campus, including but not limited to rock-climbing, Zumba and yoga. All classes are open to Trinity faculty and staff.
- Get outdoors and schedule a walking meeting.
- Sustainability is about finding a balance in all aspects, not only environmentally. Please visit our Health and Wellness page to find more information on our Counseling and Wellness Center, Spiritual and Religious Life, fitness, and the Health Center.