I’ve wanted to write about this for months, but the College beat me to it: over the past few years Trinity has installed quite a few solar panels on its flat roofs. One could not fail to notice the installation on the roofs of Ferris and Life Science – an enormous crane had blocked street access and parking lots for days last summer, but a quick check in Google Earth showed the true extent of the project. Ferris, LSC, Buldings and Grounds as well as Trinity Commons are covered with solar panels. The south facing roofs of the new town houses also have solar panels installed. That’s quite a step up from the few solar panels that were installed many years ago on the roof of the Treehouse.
2009 – the first solar panels go up at the Treehouse.
For the Trinity News article on the most recent solar panels you can follow this link. And if you’d like to see where they are you can see them in the image below on the roofs of Ferris, LRC, Trinity Commons and the Facilities Management building. If you look closely you can see that the building south of the hockey rink is full of solar panels as well.Interesting enough you have to look for them in Google Earth. Google maps has slightly older imagery, which shows the roofs prior to installation.
by Isabelle Moore (’18)
The first sustainability roundtable meeting organized by Green Campus and the ENVS program.
Yesterday was the first of what I hope will become a series of Sustainability Roundtable Talks at Trinity. The goal of the event, which was organized by Green Campus and the Environmental Science Program, was to bring together students, faculty, and staff members within the Trinity community who are each in some way involved in sustainability efforts on campus.
Despite a bit of a rocky start, (and only a few days to put this event together) we managed to get a roomful of about 20 students, staff, and faculty. After everyone got food and introductions were made, people got to voice different sustainability concerns present on campus as well as propose possible solutions.
We touched on topics such as up and coming compost projects, energy efficient lighting in the library (our best-lit building on campus), and on campus parking (a daily struggle for all). The overwhelming conclusion of the event was that a lot of cool sustainability projects are going down at Trinity. What we need to work on now is doing a better job of publicizing them.