Celebrate Sustainability Events

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 9, 2017
9:00am Self-Guided Sustainability Tour

Take the Office of Sustainability’s self-guided walking tour of central campus! Get outside and learn about the different efforts Yale is making to be more sustainable.

12:00pm Carpool Matching Event

Join the Working Women’s Network, Future Leaders of Yale, Office of Sustainability, and CTrides event to learn about the health, financial, and environmental benefits of carpooling and meet colleagues from your neighborhood who are interested in carpooling to campus. You will learn about the benefits Yale offers to carpoolers as well as how to get commuter rewards and other benefits. A light snack will be served. Register a week in advance to be pre-matched with commuters from your neighborhood (provide your Zip code at registration).

CTrides is a program of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) that helps commuters find the best way to get to work or school and offers information and resources for travel options throughout Connecticut. CTrides offers carpool, vanpool, bus, train, biking, walking, and teleworking solutions.

2 Whitney Grove Square, Room 802 See map
2 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT
12:00pm Tour of Sterling Power Plant

For Celebrate Sustainability, Yale’s Sterling Power Plant is hosting three tours of the plant to expose the Yale community to power generation. Tour slots are:

  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Monday, October 9
  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Tuesday, October 10
  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Thursday, October 12

You must pre-register. Sign up here!

Tours are limited to 10 participants. Participants must adhere to the plant’s dress code (long pants, closed toed shoes, no baggy or loose fitting clothing), and wear hard hats and safety glasses provided by the plant. Please note that the general tour is not handicapped accessible; however, a restricted tour is possible for persons using wheelchairs.

Sterling Power Plant See map
309 Congress Ave
New Haven, CT
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
9:00am Self-Guided Sustainability Tour

Take the Office of Sustainability’s self-guided walking tour of central campus! Get outside and learn about the different efforts Yale is making to be more sustainable.

12:00pm Tour of Sterling Power Plant

For Celebrate Sustainability, Yale’s Sterling Power Plant is hosting three tours of the plant to expose the Yale community to power generation. Tour slots are:

  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Monday, October 9
  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Tuesday, October 10
  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Thursday, October 12

You must pre-register. Sign up here!

Tours are limited to 10 participants. Participants must adhere to the plant’s dress code (long pants, closed toed shoes, no baggy or loose fitting clothing), and wear hard hats and safety glasses provided by the plant. Please note that the general tour is not handicapped accessible; however, a restricted tour is possible for persons using wheelcha

Sterling Power Plant See map
309 Congress Ave
New Haven, CT
12:15pm Nature Immersion Meditation

Unplug and Celebrate Sustainability with a nature immersion meditation in the beautiful Farnam Garden meadow. A nature immersion meditation opens the senses to the natural world as a way to calm the mind and heal the body.

Participants will need to bring their own mat, blanket or camping chair to sit on. The meadow also makes a lovely place for a picnic lunch before or after the meditation, though no food or drink will be provided, participants are welcome to bring their own.

This event is weather permitting.

To register, go to the following link https://bmsweb.med.yale.edu/tms/tms_enrollments.offerings?p_crs_id=5885

Farnam Memorial Gardens See map
335 Prospect St
New Haven, CT
1:00pm Fall Bird Walk

For the past several years, Peabody naturalists have been leading lunchtime walks and keeping track of both resident and migrant bird species, and adding lists to the Yale Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative http://yubio.yale.edu/. Bring binoculars if you have them. Rain date is Friday, October 13.

Meet at the front of the Yale Peabody Museum.

Yale Peabody Museum See map
170 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT
4:30pm Simply Too Hot: the Desperate Science and Politics of Climate

Bill McKibben will deliver the Chubb Lecture at Yale University. Bill McKibben began his long and distinguished career as a journalist and was formerly a staff writer for the New Yorker.  In 1989 he published, The End of Nature, one of the first books written for a broad audience to discuss the problems of climate change that is now considered a groundbreaking work in the field of environmental studies.  This seminal work has now been published in 24 languages and McKibben has gone on to write over a dozen books on environmental issues including Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010) and his most recent work, Oil and Honey(2013).  He continues to write for a wide variety of publications including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone.

In 2008, Bill McKibben cofounded 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement utilizing online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public protests.  The name “350.org” is taken from “350 parts per million” – the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as currently agreed upon by the world’s scientists.  The organization aims to create a mass movement to work on public awareness and push for solutions that will bring the planet back within safe carbon dioxide levels of 350 parts per million.  In 2014, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel”, for his work with 350.org.

Bill McKibben is currently the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Among his many awards, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize.  In 2012 he was awarded the President’s Medal from the Geological Society of America.  He has received the prestigious Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000.  Bill McKibben holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities.  In 2014, biologists recognized him by naming in his honor a new species of the woodland gnat – megophthalmidia mckibbeni.

The event is free and open to the public.

Woolsey Hall See map
500 College St
New Haven, CT
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
9:00am Self-Guided Sustainability Tour

Take the Office of Sustainability’s self-guided walking tour of central campus! Get outside and learn about the different efforts Yale is making to be more sustainable.

12:00pm Methane in Drinking Water Before, During, and After Hydraulic Fracturing of the Marcellus Shale

More than 4,000 wells have pierced aquifers of Pennsylvania’s northern tier to siphon natural gas from the underlying Marcellus Shale.  As drilling and hydraulic fracturing accelerated, homeowner reports of well water contamination by methane and other contaminants began to emerge. Although made infrequently compared to the number of gas wells drilled, these reports were troubling and motivated our two-year, prospective study of groundwater quality within the Marcellus Shale Play. We installed monitoring wells within a bedrock aquifer underlying an area targeted for shale gas development and sampled these wells on a monthly basis as shale gas wells were drilled, hydraulically fractured, and placed into production. Concentrations of methane in the groundwater samples exhibited considerable variability and, at some sites, exceeded regulatory thresholds for remedial action. These data will be interpreted in context of local hydrologic variation and the timing of key stages of shale gas extraction to infer origins of methane present within the aquifer.

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map
195 Prospect St
New Haven, CT
12:00pm Food Choices to Promote Good Nutrition and Food Sustainability

Ellen Liskov, RDN, MPH, CDE, Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator, Yale New Haven Hospital will present information regarding what we all can do regarding our diets and utilizing more sustainable food sources. Please contact Marc Adelberg (marc.adelberg@yale.edu) with any questions.

Open to the Public

TBD See map
12:00pm Tour of Central Power Plant

For Celebrate Sustainability, Yale’s Central Power Plant is hosting two tours of the plant to expose the Yale community to power generation. Tour slots are:

  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Wednesday, October 11
  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Friday, October 13

You must pre-register. Sign up here!

Tours are limited to 20 participants. Participants must adhere to the plant’s dress code (long pants, closed toed shoes, no baggy or loose fitting clothing), and wear hard hats and safety glasses provided by the plant. Please note that the general tour is not handicapped accessible; however, a restricted tour is possible for persons using wheelchairs.

Central Power Plant See map
120 Tower Parkway
New Haven, CT 06520
1:00pm Landscaping with Native Plants Stroll

Join Peabody naturalists and learn the importance of incorporating native plants into your landscape design. This informal walk and talk will look at the native plants surrounding Kroon Hall. We’ll discuss how native plants can reduce watering and maintenance and will benefit wildlife, including pollinators, at your home. Rain date is Thursday, October 12.

Meet at the upper courtyard at the Prospect entrance to Kroon Hall.

Kroon Hall See map
195 Prospect St
New Haven, CT
1:00pm Yale Farm Workday

Everyone, including non-Yale affiliates, is welcome to volunteer on the Yale Farm. No gardening experience is necessary. Just bring a water bottle and wear weather- and work-appropriate clothing. If you are a group of more than five people, please give us a week’s notice of your planned visit: call us at (203) 432-2084 or email sustainablefood@yale.edu. If you are coming with fewer than five people, no advance notice is necessary. 

Once you’ve arrived, find a student intern wearing a YSFP wheelbarrow t-shirt. These interns are in charge of the workday, and will sign you in and explain the day’s work before assigning you a task. What you’ll do depends on the day and the season. On a fall Friday you might be helping to harvest tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli and kale; an early winter Sunday might find you planting garlic and tulips for spring. Feel free to ask questions of the interns in charge – we want you to learn as well as work!

Learn more here.

Yale Farm See map
345 Edwards St
New Haven, CT
3:00pm Staff Recognition Tree-planting

Volunteer to help plant trees on campus to honor Yale staff members who are celebrating five-year milestone service anniversaries who have chosen a tree as a memento of their years of service at Yale. This event is sponsored by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ Urban Resources Initiative in partnership with Human Resources and Facilities.

Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Open to the Yale Community only

TBD See map
Thursday, October 12, 2017
9:00am Self-Guided Sustainability Tour

Take the Office of Sustainability’s self-guided walking tour of central campus! Get outside and learn about the different efforts Yale is making to be more sustainable.

12:00pm Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Walk

Walk along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, a greenway for non-carbon transportation and recreation. Learn how it connects “town with gown,” examining especially the section where the new residential colleges Franklin and Murray embrace the trail with friezes referencing its history above the western archway entrances. Meet on the Canal at the end of Sachem Street by the Yale Health Center at 11:50 AM Thursday Oct 12th. The walk will leave promptly at noon. All walkers will receive a free map of the trail, which goes 85 miles to Northampton, MA. Round trip distance is 2 miles or less depending on the energy of the participants.  Heavy rain cancels.

Hosted by Lisa Fernandez

Farmington Canal (between Sachem Street and the Yale Health Center) See map
12:30pm Tour of Sterling Power Plant

For Celebrate Sustainability, Yale’s Sterling Power Plant is hosting three tours of the plant to expose the Yale community to power generation. Tour slots are:

  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Monday, October 9
  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Tuesday, October 10
  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Thursday, October 12

You must pre-register. Sign up here!

Tours are limited to 10 participants. Participants must adhere to the plant’s dress code (long pants, closed toed shoes, no baggy or loose fitting clothing), and wear hard hats and safety glasses provided by the plant. Please note that the general tour is not handicapped accessible; however, a restricted tour is possible for persons using wheelcha

Sterling Power Plant See map
309 Congress Ave
New Haven, CT
Friday, October 13, 2017
9:00am Forging University-Municipality Partnerships Towards Urban Sustainability

The conference is co-convened by Yale Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Yale Office of Sustainability, and the City of New Haven.

The goal of this conference is to inspire progress by sharing successful examples of university-municipality collaboration on sustainability efforts. Three sessions will be organized around individual thematic panels, each of which will include four cities with paired speakers representing universities and municipalities describing a collaborative project. We anticipate the event will draw an audience of students, faculty, and sustainability professionals. The conference’s thematic panels with speakers representing universities and municipalities include:

Panel I: Leading in Partnership with New Haven Mayor Harp, Yale University President Salovey, Madison Mayor Soglin and University of Wisconsin Vice Chancellor Hoslet

Panel II: Transportation (Mass Transit and Bicycling) with Madison, Davis, Providence and Minneapolis

Panel III: Stormwater and Resilience with Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Birmingham and Baltimore

Panel IV: Climate Action with South Bend, Vancouver, Boulder and Ann Arbor

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map
195 Prospect St
New Haven, CT
9:00am Self-Guided Sustainability Tour

Take the Office of Sustainability’s self-guided walking tour of central campus! Get outside and learn about the different efforts Yale is making to be more sustainable.

12:00pm Tour of Central Power Plant

For Celebrate Sustainability, Yale’s Central Power Plant is hosting two tours of the plant to expose the Yale community to power generation. Tour slots are:

  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Wednesday, October 11
  • 12:00-1:30 pm on Friday, October 13

You must pre-register. Sign up here!

Tours are limited to 20 participants. Participants must adhere to the plant’s dress code (long pants, closed toed shoes, no baggy or loose fitting clothing), and wear hard hats and safety glasses provided by the plant. Please note that the general tour is not handicapped accessible; however, a restricted tour is possible for persons using wheelchairs.

Central Power Plant See map
120 Tower Parkway
New Haven, CT 06520
2:00pm Yale Farm Workday

Everyone, including non-Yale affiliates, is welcome to volunteer on the Yale Farm. No gardening experience is necessary. Just bring a water bottle and wear weather- and work-appropriate clothing. If you are a group of more than five people, please give us a week’s notice of your planned visit: call us at (203) 432-2084 or email sustainablefood@yale.edu. If you are coming with fewer than five people, no advance notice is necessary. 

Once you’ve arrived, find a student intern wearing a YSFP wheelbarrow t-shirt. These interns are in charge of the workday, and will sign you in and explain the day’s work before assigning you a task. What you’ll do depends on the day and the season. On a fall Friday you might be helping to harvest tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli and kale; an early winter Sunday might find you planting garlic and tulips for spring. Feel free to ask questions of the interns in charge – we want you to learn as well as work!

Learn more here.

Yale Farm See map
345 Edwards St
New Haven, CT