Trinity’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2019 defines the mission of the University as follows:
“To provide a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and where all are encouraged to achieve their full potential”.
Section C8.1 of the plan, ‘Sustainable Campus’, includes demonstrating institutional leadership by operating and maintaining a sustainable campus, and includes Trinity’s aspiration to be a “global leader in university sustainability”.
Trinity proposes to achieve this objective by:
- publishing an annual sustainability report, including carbon, energy, waste, transport and water consumption data
- ensuring, through the Estates and Infrastructure Development Plan, that all new buildings (in particular our E3 development), refurbishments, and purchases comply with and, where possible, exceed, energy-efficiency standards
- promoting research into, and teaching on, sustainability issues as well as promoting the campus as a living laboratory
- setting up a Sustainable Campus advisory group and appointing a sustainability champion
- undertaking sustainability audits and engaging campus users in sustainability targets
- working towards developing an environmental management system and an energy management system
- publishing a carbon footprint and action plan for reducing carbon emissions
- fostering links with Dublin City Council’s ‘Greening the City’ and with national and EU Smart Cities and other relevant initiatives
Trinity also commits to embedding the skills of independent thought and action throughout our curricula and promoting the values of pluralism, social justice and environmental sustainability in our wider engagement.
We also have a role to play in the creation and development of a more just and egalitarian society. Cultivating an academic culture that respects the dignity of people and promotes the sustainability of the natural world, enables us to ensure that all our research, including that of our students, is conducted to the highest ethical standards.