Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.99
Liaison Rosangelica Rodriguez
Submission Date Oct. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Trinity College (CT)
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Rosangelica Rodriguez
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

The sustainability website was created to serve as a resource hub for prospective students, current students, faculty, and staff. The website is broken down into pages that dive deeper into our priority topics (i.e waste management, community engagement, transportation, and health and wellness). There two other separate sections for current students and faculty and staff. In those sections the information and resources provided are specific to that group.

In our website we also highlight campus community members and their work towards a more sustainable campus and world.

As we complete our STARS report and create a new action plan for sustainability at Trinity, we will share the data that we gather and publicly track our progress.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

Green Campus has a facebook and instagram page and the Trinity Recreation and Environmental Education House has a facebook page. In addition, in 2017, several students created the Sustainability at Trinity College Facebook page, that is designed to consolidate information for students in a singular platform where information about sustainability can be shared and discussed by the community.


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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Within the sustainability website there is a section that specifies in Academics and Research. Here is the venue for students to make public the work they have done in researching and studying sustainability while at Trinity.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Trinity College highlights that all of its crescent townhouses are LEED Platinum certified. In addition, the dining services publish their Bistro's 3 Star Green Restaurant certification.


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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

In each of our dining halls there are signs that describe not only the sustainability of the food on our campus, but discuss various components of sustainability in the food industry. They work to educate students via handouts and signage around our dining facilities.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

There is a sign for a butterfly garden outside of the Life Sciences Center


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Trinity College's energy manager schedules energy tours of the campus several times each semester. In the past the tours had only been offered to specific science and engineering courses. Now, with the help of our sustainability coordinators the tours have been offered to the entire campus community.


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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

Our website provides a break down of all the alternative transportation options available to students, faculty, and staff. We also include a link to a live map that tracks the locations of the bus lines that pass by our institution. The map was created by the Trinity College Center for Hartford Engagement and Research to help everyone have a smoother ride.


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Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Trinity College has a transportation website where they publish information about local transportation that people without cars can use to get around campus and Hartford. In addition, there is a preorientation program designed to teaching students about biking in Hartford and the resources for that can be accessed by asking Joe Barber who runs the program as well as Professor Evelein who leads a first year seminar on biking and sustainability in Harford.


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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The sustainability page on the Trinity College website is designed to be a resource for students to not only learn about ways in which the institution is sustainable, but about how students can be sustainable themselves. Various guides to living sustainability are broken into categories such as energy, food, and transportation.
We have have also updated the student move-in guide/packing list to be inclusive of sustainable living values in our campus.


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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

students are provided with a composting guide, recycling guide and sustainable move-in guide. We also also host events that encourage students to reduce their waste through clothing swaps, office supply swaps and book exchanges. Our goal is to create an environment where students, faculty, and staff are thinking about living a sustainable lifestyle every day.


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