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Energy, Climate and Transportation 

Goal: Strive for carbon neutrality at Tri-C by increasing energy efficiency, exploring renewable energy options, and reducing the College’s transportation footprint.
Progress to date:
  • Starting in spring semester 2014, Tri-C is offering a free RTA U-Pass to registered and paid credit students to encourage the use of mass transit.
  • 29% energy use reduction in existing buildings since 2000 (per square foot and adjusted for student population and weather). Energy efficiency projects completed to date include:
    • LED and high-efficiency fluorescent lighting retrofits
    • Boiler and chiller replacements
    • Building air conditioning system optimizations
    • Swimming pool cover installations
  • Compiled a greenhouse gas inventory to assess the impacts of operations and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Conducted a student survey about commuting in fall 2013 to get input from students about what alternative commuting programs would be most likley to be used by them.
  • Former Tri-C President Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in November 2010 - a commitment to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions and to promote educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
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