Welcome Freshmen

Welcome to Yale!

Yale is committed to being a global sustainability leader as an institution and a learning environment. As you plan for your arrival at Yale we encourage you to consider the following opportunities:

Pack Eco-Nomically

  • Communicate with your suite-mates about what they will bring and what you might share, such as televisions and game consuls and furniture. Three things to bring:
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs for your desk lamp, which use less energy and will last until you graduate; a drying rack, which saves energy and dryer costs; and
  • a reusable mug, bowl, and utensils, which are great for midnight snacks.
  • Consider purchasing items second-hand when you arrive on campus.

Live Eco-Nomically

From what you eat to what you waste, dining halls, dorm rooms, and classrooms are all places where your actions matter.

  • Yale has single stream recycling, so no need to worry about sorting your recyclables. Just put them all into one bin!
  • Turn off your lights and power strips to save energy and extend the life of your electronics.
  • File notes, readings and papers electronically to maintain your files in a searchable, sortable format that saves time and paper.
  • All of the colleges and old campus offer affordable double-sided printing options, so there’s no need to purchase or bring your own desk-side printer with you.

Yale has just completed its first Sustainability Strategic Plan, and we are now excited to release the Sustainability Strategic Plan for 2013-2016, which takes a more comprehensive approach in addressing the complex and systemic nature of sustainability issues in the following areas:

  • Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Natural & Built Environment
  • Materials Management
  • Food & Well-Being
  • Sustainability Leadership & Capacity Building

During your time at Yale, your participation – through the measures outlined above and other daily choices –  will be essential to helping us achieve the goals laid out in this three-year plan. 

For more information about sustainability while moving to campus, refer to this online guide and do not hesitate to contact our team at sustainability@yale.edu with any questions or ideas.