Sustainability Service Corps

The Sustainability Service Corps works to expand the culture of sustainability throughout Yale College.  Students act as sustainability coordinators in the residential colleges and on various teams to improve systems related to sustainability in Yale College. Meet the 2016-2017 Team:

Kyle Ward is a second year Masters of Environmental Management student at the Yale School of Forestry. Before coming to Yale, Kyle spent three years in DC working on North America climate, energy, and agriculture strategies at the Nature Conservancy and interning at the White House. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University (go Big Red!) and was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys biking, hiking, golf, or any other excuse to get outdoors.

Energy Initiatives

Skyler Chin is a sophomore hailing from New Hyde Park, NY. He is interested in Environmental Studies and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. He’s excited to add to his study of sustainability with actual work for the SSC. Skyler is also a member of Yale’s varsity fencing team, the spoken word group Jook Songs, and a rock band called NYFTY. He loves martial arts, songwriting, and scoping out free food.

Annie Bui is a senior Geology & Geophysics major and Energy Studies Scholar. She’s passionate about sustainable development, renewable energy and public health, and hopes to pursue careers in those fields. Annie is also a Media Tech for STC, Vietnamese tutor for the CLS, advocate for Yale Rotaract, and social chair for ClubGeo. She loves to bike down (but not up) Hillhouse Avenue, described as “the most beautiful street in America” by Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. Additionally, she loves to make new friends, eat tomatoes, and laugh a lot.

Innovations & Initiatives Team

Sarah Brandt is a senior environmental studies major in Calhoun College. Despite hailing from the great state of Minnesota (a fact she will make sure to let you know of), she might be one of the most weak-willed people at this university when it comes to dealing with the cold. She spends those cherished, warmer months riding her bike, playing on Yale’s C2 soccer team, and she braces for the colder months by bulking up on her caloric concoctions in the buttery. Visit her in the Calhoun buttery on Tuesdays if you’re looking for a similar strategy.
Ali Golden is a senior in Trumbull College, from Boston, MA. She studies sustainability and natural resources as an Environmental Studies major, and is particularly interested in modern challenges to conservation. She enjoys exploring Yale’s many beautiful libraries with a Blue State coffee in hand, going on Yale Outdoors hikes, and eating bagels at the Slifka Center for Jewish Life. She is excited to be working at the Office of Sustainability for a third year and can’t wait to see what the service corps accomplishes!
Ian Hall is a senior in Berkeley College from Santa Barbara, California. He is an Economics major and also a part of the Energy Studies program, where he focuses on private capital investments into clean energy and sustainable development. At Yale, Ian is captain of the Yale Men’s Club Soccer team, a member of Sigma Nu, and was previously the president of Yale’s Undergraduate Energy Club. This past summer, Ian was in Santa Monica, CA where he worked for a cold-pressed juice start-up and spent his free time running, hiking, and surfing.
Alyssa Patterson is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College from the Maryland/Washington DC area.  She is a Literature major who may possibly double major in German. On campus, she is involved in YAWA (Yale Animal Welfare Alliance), Steppin’ Out (Yale’s Step Team), Yale Black Women’s Coalition, The Boola (An online publication) and ESL Bridges.  She can’t wait to implement new JE sustainability initiatives and to work with the other Sustainability Coordinators.
Julia Tofan is a first year student in Timothy Dwight majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She has engaged in a Youth Conservation Corps project to build and maintain trails and outdoor education sites, led a reuse and recycle program for gently used toys, and, in her free time, enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and gardening. She looks forward to being involved in making Yale more sustainable!

Roxie Trachtenberg is a sophomore in Pierson College from Doylestown, PA.  I am an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major who is interested in learning more about sustainability on and around campus (and I hope other Yale students are too!).  When I’m not at practice with the varsity gymnastics team or running up and down science hill for class, I enjoy getting froyo with friends, singing in the shower, and hiking/traveling.

Materials Management

Julia Butts is a senior Sociology major in Pierson College who hails from the south-of-Boston area.  She is thrilled to be returning to SSC after a spring semester abroad in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.  After being a College Coordinator and member of the Materials Management Team, she’s honored to lead the Materials Management Team this year.  Besides trying to reduce, reuse, and recycle like it’s going out of style (never!), Julia enjoys dancing with A Different Drum Dance Company and making friends with every dog she meets.
Dawn Chen is a Sophomore in Pierson College who calls Singapore her home. She’s probably going to study molecular biophysics & biochemistry, and enjoys all things science. Other than living in the lab, she works for the Yale Scientific Magazine and teaches for Splash. Her guilty pleasure is to read the spoilers on Goodreads before reading the book themselves. She hopes to increase the visibility of good recycling habits on campus.
Emily Golding is a junior who calls the east San Francisco Bay Area home. Compelled by the intersection of sustainability and design, Emily is an Architecture major. She is on the board of Yale Bee Space and Prism LGBT+, teaches for Splash, and avidly attends Yogis at Yale classes. She also loves food, hiking, and attempting the perfect cup of tea.
Sarah Gomez is a Junior History major and Energy Studies Scholar in Ezra Stiles College. In addition to serving as an M&M team member, Sarah is currently a Gallery Guide at the Yale University Art Gallery, a member of the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investing Club, and involved with the Yale Student Environmental Coalition and the Women’s Leadership Initiative. Her favorite activities include short showers, leaving the lights off on sunny mornings, and eating peanut butter out of the tub with a spoon. She is so excited to work with the Sustainability Service Corps and the Materials Management Team this year.
Lane To is a sophomore Environmental Engineering major in Trumbull College (soon to be Pauli Murray!) who is passionate about sustainable design and recycling. As someone who identifies as non-binary, Lane is heavily involved in the LGBTQ+ community at Yale. Currently, they are on the boards of the LGBTQ+ Co-op, Out in STEM, and Trans@Yale, as well as Broad Recognition, where they serve as the webmaster. In their free time, Lane enjoys knitting, listening to music, and consuming caffeinated beverages. They are very excited to be working with the Materials Management Team, and they can’t wait to help improve sustainability at Yale!