The Sustainability Center works in association with the Illinois Green Economy Network.
What Does Sustainability Mean?
The Four Cs of What We Do
Are you cleaning out your office? Do you have extra three-ring binders, dry erase markers, tape dispensers, a desk organizer or other unneeded supplies? Don’t throw them out – donate them to Triton’s ReUseIt Room by filling out the Authorization for Donation of Unused Office Supplies to ReUseIt Room.
Sustainability is a very important part of education at Triton and many instructors incorporate environmental sustainability topics into their courses. Additionally, several of our degree programs are sustainability-focused and qualify students either for work in relevant fields or for transfer to four-year, baccalaureate-degree granting colleges and universities.
Associate in Applied Science Degrees
Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Engineering Technology/Mechanical Design
Renewable Energy Technology
Sustainable Agriculture Technology
Associate in Science Degrees
Geo-Engineering Innovations through Undergraduate Scholarship
Renewable Energy Technology
Virtual Sustainability Resources
Covid-19 has and will continue to have a huge impact on how we live in the foreseeable future. Many human activities have been halted or reduced in scope while we socially distance to slow the pandemic’s spread.
We are all hoping to get back to normal. Yet in large and small ways, life is not likely to be the same as before. It will take time for jobs to come back, for our economy to restart, and for us to easily join others in large social groups. And, inspired by cleaner air, less traffic, and new possibilities for working from home, sustainability professionals and climate activists alike are making plans for a new, more sustainable way of life that would help make urban areas more livable, and possibly help solve environmental problems, including climate change.
The Covid-19 pandemic and climate change are related. Solving climate change by making our society more sustainable and reducing humanity’s negative impact on earth ecosystems will also help prevent an onslaught of future pandemics. As you carry on with your socially-distanced life, you might find yourself with some time to learn more about our environment, to reflect about how to live more sustainably, and to take action to help the earth, our only home.
Triton’s Sustainability Center and Greening the Campus Committee offer a list of virtual resources.
Climate Change and Environment
Mixed Stream Recycling at Triton
Institutional Recycling at Triton
Sustainability on Campus
Illinois law now makes it illegal to dispose of electronic items in the trash due to the potentially hazardous components in many of these products. Triton College partners with responsible companies to collect, reuse, and recycle these items.
During the summer of 2011, Triton College replaced its outdoor lighting with energy-efficient LED lights. Where the old fixtures used 1840 watts per pole, the new ones only use 422 watts per pole. In addition, the shielded fixtures and LED lights are in compliance with International Dark Sky Association guidelines. The supplier, BetaLED, says that the LED circuit boards, drivers, wires and connectors are all non-hazardous, mercury-free, and RoHS compliant; the aluminum poles and housings are made using 20-25 percent post-consumer recycled materials; and 70 percent (by weight) of these fixtures are readily recyclable.
Green Business Certification
Triton College received a $15,000 grant from the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation to create a pilot Green Business Certification program. Triton partners with the Illinois Green Business Association to guide businesses located in Oak Park and River Forest through the certification process. Green business certification through IGBA includes a customized plan designed to help businesses save money and manage resources while helping make positive changes in their community. The standards are designed to be suitable for even the smallest local businesses.
The gymnasium's old sodium lighting was replaced and wattage went from 400 Watts per fixture down to 128 Watts, while output increased 30%.
Visit the beautiful Triton Botanical Garden. Ornamental and native landscaping techniques are on display, along with hardscape features such as permeable pavers.
Triton College has adopted a segment of land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County that is adjacent to campus, which has informally been named 'Adena Woods' after the Adena Indians. Join us for one of our forest restoration work days as we pick up trash and eliminate invasive species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Open to the community for use, five ChargePoint® dual charging stations (240 volts) have been installed and are marked with a green designated parking sign. Locations include near the R Building; the M Building; the B Building (Student Center); the E Building; and the T Building.
Triton students and employees are eligible for a discount when using the charging stations. Sign up for an account HERE, then email John Lambrecht (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive the discount code.
Triton’s Sustainability Planning Guide was created in 2014 to provide guidance to administration, staff, faculty and students as we develop and implement sustainability initiatives on campus. All are encouraged to read and make use of it when planning projects. The Guide is a living document and will be revised and updated in 2019.
Triton College first won Tree Campus USA® recognition in 2016 for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
While it is easy to get to Triton by car and parking is free, active transportation is a lower cost, healthier, less polluting alternative. Students, staff, faculty and visitors are encouraged to bike, walk and take Pace buses to and from campus and to bike or walk while on campus. Triton is partnering with Active Transportation Alliance and Pace Bus Service to help improve transit alternatives for students, staff and residents of surrounding communities. Triton is a member of the Bike2Campus Coalition and Triton representatives have served on the steering committee for the Melrose Park Active Transportation Plan.
Give your input about Pace Bus Service by taking this five-minute survey.
Pedestrians and Cyclists on Campus
Pedestrian and Bicycle Access to Campus
Pace Bus Service and Free Shuttle to North Avenue
Pace Campus Connection Pass for Students: Unlimited Rides for One Set Cost
Triton College is dedicated to promoting, teaching and modeling sustainability. We are doing our part by establishing a green cleaning program that helps protect human health and the environment.
5. Community Engagement
Triton College Program Board holds first-ever completely student-run sustainability event.
Triton College Holds Its First Zero Waste Event
Green Business Certification Program for Oak Park and River Forest Businesses
Water Bottle Filling Stations
Environmental Biology Students Clean Up Adena Woods
Triton College Updates Library Lighting and Dedicates New Green Resources Collection
"Green Fire" Screening
Triton College Completes Switchgear Installation to Manage Power Use in Buildings
Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCT)
ICCTEMT - IL Community College Targeted Energy Management Training
Green/Renewable Energy Training
LED Lighting Upgrade