A more open, connected, and innovative Yale
Yale welcomes all voices in fostering a diverse and inclusive sustainability movement.
- Yale alumni become champions for sustainability in all sectors. Yale Blue Green is a shared interest group for alumni who are engaged in sustainability issues and eager to connect with each other.
- Professional schools and departments across the University host Green Teams to pilot new initiatives and develop Sustainability Action Plans.
What You Can Do
Our Objectives and Goals
Engage and Empower
Engage and empower members of the Yale community around themes of sustainability
In the Spring of 2021, Yale University piloted the Green Course Guide, composed of Yale College courses catered to students interested in exploring sustainability. Curated by a student research assistant, the Guide is directly aligned with recent pushes for sustainability to become more interwoven into Yale’s baseline curriculum. Future endeavors include integrating a “sustainability” tag within Yale Course Search for students to use while selecting courses, with the goal that a social and environmental sustainability focus will be integrated into the larger academic culture at Yale.
Sustainability Action Plans
By 2020, create and implement Sustainability Action Plans for key academic, cultural, and administrative Yale communities to support the ambitions of the Yale Sustainability Plan 2025.
This goal was achieved in 2020. To date, 27 action plans are in implementation (including one for each of the 14 residential colleges). This program has resulted in active engagement in all 11 professional schools, Athletics, the Libraries, Yale’s Cultural Properties, Operations (Human Resources & Administration, Public Safety and Security, ITS, Hospitality, Internal Communications), Global Strategy, and Development and Alumni Affairs.
By 2020, develop and launch a sustainability literacy initiative for Yale students, faculty, and staff that assesses and improves sustainability awareness and empowers action.
This goal was achieved in 2020, with the development and launch of a university-wide sustainability survey in 2018 and subsequent communication of survey outcomes. The survey was administered again in 2021 to measure progress.
Support Diversity and Inclusion
Support diversity and inclusion in local efforts through education and collaboration
Sustainability Inclusion and Justice Initiative
By 2018, launch an initiative to promote dialogue about sustainability, inclusion, and justice on campus and in New Haven.
This goal was achieved in 2020, when a subcommittee of faculty, staff, and students investigated tools to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into sustainability programming, and recommended a process for future decision-making.
Applying an Intersectional Lens to Sustainability Programming
Beginning in 2020, the Office will complete an annual Co-Benefit Assessment to track the impacts of our goals pertaining to community well-being and social, environmental, and economic resiliency. The Office will report annually on the results of this assessment and progress made from year to year.
The 2021 Co-benefits Assessment appears at the conclusion of this Progress Report. Of our current active goals, three goals had at least one major co-benefit in 2021, eleven goals had at least one moderate co-benefit, and the remaining goals had only neutral co-benefits. Significantly, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic prevented our ability to make progress on some co-benefits.