Yale Releases 2021 Sustainability Progress Report

Aerial view of campus
November 15, 2021

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 was created in 2016 to mobilize campus-wide initiatives around sustainability. The 2021 Progress Report is now available, featuring progress on the goals across nine ambition areas. Highlights include: 

  • The university has achieved 22 of the original 38 goals outlined in 2016.
  • It has reduced net emissions by 28% since 2015, and announced a strategy for reaching zero emissions by 2050
  • Yale continues to expand “scope 3” emissions data collection efforts to be more comprehensive and transparent. Scope 3 emissions — including employee travel and commuting — result from the activities of an organization but occur from sources not owned or controlled by the organization.
  • Yale received a Gold rating through STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
  • In support of the university’s Sustainability, Health, and Well-Being goal (from the Yale Sustainability Plan 2025), a Collective Well-Being Survey was developed and launched to provide a tool for self-assessment and for measuring a group’s well-being.
  • A Biodiversity Hub was created to archive information about past, present, and future campus biodiversity initiatives, including campus landscaping practices and their impacts on biodiversity.

Read the full 2021 Sustainability Progress Report.