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-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Joe Barber
Director
Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Dining hall composting program

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership supports at least one, but not all three, dimensions of sustainability

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

Our composting program first started in the fall of 2015 when students in our Green Campus organization started picking up back-of-house food scraps (typically five or six 30-gallon bins) from our main dining hall twice a week and delivering it to local community gardening organization (KNOX Inc.) to o be used in building up their compost piles for eventual use in their gardens throughout the city.

In the third year of the project (2017-2018) the students involved wanted the College to do more to support composting beyond what they were doing. This being the case, they proposed that the College enter into an agreement with a local composting company--Blue Earth Compost--which would involve composting all of the front- and back-of-house food waste in the main dining hall as well a couple of other smaller ones. After some negotiating and planning, the new dining hall composting program began in October 2018 and to date has composted 32.74 tons of food waste. More information about the composting program can be found at www.trincoll.edu/sustainability/waste-management.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Trinfo Cafe community garden

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

The Trinfo Cafe community garden is an urban community garden located on the grounds of the Trinfo Cafe, a neighborhood technology center run by Trinity College. Its aim is to strengthen the relationship between the College and the Hartford community. This project provides Hartford families with food security by providing them access to nutritious foods at a reasonable price and by promoting healthy practices. Throughout the summer community residents, Trinity faculty, staff and students grow squash, tomatoes, beans and other types of produce. More information can be found at he Trinity Community Garden is an urban community garden located on Broad Street between Vernon Street and Allen Place, started by Trinity College. Its aim is to strengthen the relationship between the college and the Hartford community. This project provides Hartford families with food security by providing them access to nutritious foods at a reasonable price and by promoting healthy practices. Throughout the summer community residents, Trinity faculty, staff and students grow squash, tomatoes, beans and other types of produce. More information can be found at https://trinfocafe.org/index.php/trinity-college-community-garden.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Food Recovery Network partnership

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

This program involves picking up prepared but unserved food from the College's main dining hall once a week and delivering to a local homeless shelter (ImmaCare -- wwww.immmacare.org). We were only able to get this rolling in the middle of the spring 2019 semester but in the 6 weeks we did run, we picked up and delivered over 480 pounds of food for ImmaCare. ImmaCare is right starting a major renovation project so they won't be able to accept our food during the next academic year but we are looking to identify and partner with another community organization for that time and perhaps beyond.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

Bantam Bus Pass/U-Pass: Since 1999, we have worked with CT Transit to provide a bus pass for every student at Trinity that allows them access to the CT Transit bus system at no out-of-pocket cost to the student. We pay for this per ride and are billed monthly. The Student Government Association has been the primary funder of this initiative.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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