Sustainability

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The Triton College Sustainability Center aims to expand training and employment opportunities while improving community and environmental health. We work in collaboration with the Greening the Campus Committee.

The Sustainability Center works in association with the Illinois Green Economy Network.



What Does Sustainability Mean?

The Four Cs of What We Do

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Bike2Campus

Benefits of a Bicycle

Join the Cycling Community at Triton!

Triton Belongs to the Chicagoland Bike2Campus Coalition

For more information about Chicagoland Bike2Campus Week, go to http://www.bike2campus.com/

For more information about biking at Triton, please contact Adrian Fisher at adrianfisher@triton.edu.

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Divvy Bike Share Program

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Triton students are eligible for a Student Annual Membership to Divvy Bike Share Program - https://www.divvybikes.com

Having a Student Annual Membership to Divvy means 24/7 access to thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations across Chicago, Evanston and Oak Park. Divvy is a great way to get around.

The cost of the Student Membership is only $75 per year. You'll need to keep an active credit or debit card on file and Divvy will mail you a bike key that you'll use to unlock bikes.

Divvy Student Discount – How it Works
To sign up, you’ll need:

  1. Triton email address (ending in @triton.edu)
  2. Your Triton-specific password (BikeTriton1964)
  3. Credit or Debit Card

How to sign up:

  1. Visit https://www.DivvyBikes.com/pricing/student and click on Triton’s name to go to our sign-up page
  2. Enter your personal and billing information
  3. Enter your Triton email (ending in @triton.edu) and Triton-specific password (BikeTriton1964) in the fields provided. This will allow you to sign up at the discounted rate of $75.

Once the signup process is complete, you will receive an email confirmation and a membership key in the mail within 5-9 days.

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Recycling At Triton

Mixed Stream Recycling at Triton

Institutional Recycling at Triton

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Sustainability on Campus

Electronics Recycling
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.

LED Lighting
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.

Gymnasium Lighting
The gymnasium's old sodium lighting was replaced and wattage went from 400 Watts per fixture down to 128 Watts, while output increased 30%.

Botanical Garden
Visit the beautiful Triton Botanical Garden. Ornamental and native landscaping techniques are on display, along with hardscape features such as permeable pavers.

Adena Woods
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® Level-2 dual charging stations (240 volts) have been installed and are marked with a green designated parking sign. Locations include near the Robert M. Collins Center; the Advanced Technology Building (M-Building); the Student Center; the Liberal Arts Building (E-Building); and the Industrial Careers Building (T-Building).

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Resources

The Triton College Library Libguide has a wealth of information regarding sustainability including website links, books, magazines, and videos.

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Sustainability-Focused Degree Programs

Sustainability Focused Degree Programs

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 of Applied Science Degrees

Architecture

Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Culinary Arts

Engineering Technology/Mechanical Design

Engineering Technology/Mechatronics

Environmental Science

Sustainable Agriculture Technology

Sustainable Landscape Practices

Associate of Science Degrees

Environmental Science

Geology

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Sustainability Planning Guide

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.

Sustainabillity Plan

Sustainability Planning Guide

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Tree Campus USA

Tree Campus Banner

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.

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Transit Alternatives

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

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We Clean Green

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.

1. Commitment

2. People

3. Academics

4. Facilities

5. Community Engagement

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What We Do

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

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Contact Information

Adrian Fisher
Sustainability Coordinator
Room M-107
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3364
adrianfisher@triton.edu

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