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Report Card 2011

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Trinity College
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Trinity College

School details:

Endowment: $319 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Hartford, Connecticut


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
C -
Trinity College's Sustainability Task Force, which includes students, administrators, faculty, and staff, has developed key performance indicators toward sustainability as well as a recycling working group. Trinity has a green purchasing policy and buys Energy Star products, environmentally preferable paper, and EPEAT-certified computers whenever possible.
The college has been conducting energy upgrades throughout campus by replacing old motors and compressors and installing energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems. Trinity submitted a climate action plan in 2010 and has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent from 2008 levels by 2020. The college runs awareness campaigns to encourage the campus community to conserve energy.
Trinity buys local food products such as vegetables and eggs. Dining halls serve some cage-free eggs as well as some hormone- and antibiotic-free milk, chicken, and pork. All seafood is purchased according to sustainable harvest guidelines. Fair trade coffee is available in all coffee-serving locations on campus, and discounts are offered for the use of reusable mugs. Pre- and postconsumer food scraps are composted at over half of all meals, and since 2008, some meals have been trayless. In addition to traditional materials, the college recycles batteries, lightbulbs, and used cooking oil.
The college green building policy stipulates that all new construction meet at least LEED Silver standards. Residence halls across campus have been outfitted with energy-efficient laundry units.
A sustainability-themed house, the Treehouse, is an available housing option, and the college offers sustainability internships for students. The campus participates in RecycleMania every year. The student organization Green Campus leads a variety of projects, including neighborhood litter clean-ups, tree planting, and documentary viewings, and CONNPIRG focuses on climate change mitigation efforts.
Trinity provides ride-matching services to employees who wish to carpool, as well as an online ride board for student use. Students can use public transportation in Hartford free of charge, and the college provides a free shuttle around campus and to local off-campus destinations and events. Students, faculty, and staff also receive discounted memberships to a car-sharing program on campus.
The college makes neither a list of endowment holdings nor its shareholder voting record public. This information is available only to trustees and senior administrators.
The college aims to optimize investment returns and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The college asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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