Jonathon Meier answers the question without hesitating. “The first wall going up.”
“Oh yeah,” Sheena Zhang chimes in. “It’s like a symbolic moment when everyone comes together and pushes the wall...”
Zhang and Meier are second-year students at Yale’s School of Architecture, whose Vlock Building Project requires all first-year students to build a house. For the class of 2014, students constructed a house for Neighborhood Housing Services, a New Haven nonprofit dedicated to affordable housing development.
Every year, sustainable supermarket chain Whole Foods hosts its Green Mission Team Build, where representatives from Whole Foods stores gather to compare practices and discuss ways to improve their commitment to sustainability. This year, the conference will be hosted by Yale University with sponsorship from the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY), the Yale Sustainable Food Project (YSFP), and the Yale Office of Sustainability.
Yale’s Sustainability Leaders recently paid a visit to the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA) Trash Museum in Hartford. The group was taken on a tour of the CRRA single stream recycling plant and trash museum.
Yale has released its 2011 Progress Report for the Yale Sustainability Strategic Plan 2010-2013. This update highlights many of the major milestones achieved and outlines the direction that sustainability initiatives must take to successfully meet the remaining goals outlined for 2013.
Universities from around the globe are invited to participate in a groundbreaking collaborative workshop during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. The event will take place on 19 June 2012 - the day before the 2012 Earth Summit - on the Rio campus of Fundação Getulio Vargas. Co-hosted by Yale University, Fundação Getulio Vargas, and the University of Massachusetts Boston, this event will offer teams of university students from around the world the opportunity to idea-share and collaborate on how to tackle sustainability issues on their campuses.