Office of Sustainability

Yale Sustainability Principles:

Balance & Systems Thinking
Recognize the interdependent relationship between society, economy and the natural environment through using a systems-thinking approach, which acknowledges that decisions within one system may unintentionally impact another system.

Adaptation & Resiliency
Plan for and manage campus growth and development in a financially viable manner that reduces negative impacts on ecosystem vitality and human health while developing the capacity to adapt and endure in the face of unanticipated changes over time.

Stewardship & Community
Respect and enrich the environmental integrity of Yale’s physical campus through conservation practices that enhance not only the quality of life of campus, but also link the university to the city and region beyond.

Inclusion & Accountability
Advance multi-stakeholder processes for collaborative planning and implementation that enable broad participation in and accountability for sustainability endeavors.

Capacity Building & Innovation
Foster a culture of sustainability that provides opportunities to continually challenge and expand thinking in order to better the university and the individuals working and studying at Yale.