Sustainable University + Vital Community
One of Trent University’s most significant assets is its more than 1,400 acres of land, consisting of the core campus, the endowment lands and the nature areas. Trent’s vision is of a sustainable and inspiring campus community, thoughtfully integrating the natural and built environments, with vibrant spaces to learn, innovate, be active and, live.
To better define this vision and plan for the short- and long-term future of the University, Trent is updating the Trent Lands Plan. The two-year process will bring together the Trent Lands Plan and the Nature Areas Stewardship Plan, ensuring an integrated ecosystem approach to campus land planning, respecting the environment, incorporating traditional ecological knowledge, and integrating sustainable development as key pillars of our approach.
More than 50 years ago, the Board of Governors acquired the land that makes up Trent’s property, with the intention that some areas would be developed carefully and thoughtfully to further the teaching, research and student experience at Trent. As the stewards of this land, the University has designated 60% of its property as nature areas, buffers and corridors. Appreciated for their aesthetic and natural qualities, the Nature Areas afford the opportunity to view wildlife, study nature, and enjoy many recreational activities like hiking, bird watching and cross-country skiing.
Today, the updated Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan will address short-, medium- and long-term goals of the University and our community.
- Short-term: Enhance the trails and nature areas; identify locations for teaching shelters to better support faculty and student learning and research; placemaking to honour First Nations
- Medium-term: Respond to the community’s needs through recreational and economic development opportunities
- Long-term: Ensure the vitality of the University and of the region through thoughtful, sustainable development; steward our nature areas for future generations
Principles of Respect
The Trent Lands Plan is guided by the following principles:
Respect the unique cultural heritage, history, context and setting
Enhance the University and support the campus community
Strengthen integration, connectivity and relationships with the surrounding communities
Protect and enhance natural areas
Enhance and create high-quality public spaces and architecture
Commit to planning and design excellence and innovation
Target sustainable initiatives and projects