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
The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Office of Sustainability co-hosted a forum for campus memory institutions, including the libraries and galleries across campus. Curators, conservators, and operations staff discussed the significant energy consumption in our exhibition and collection spaces and considered factors for a new approach to design and maintenance that support Yale’s emissions reductions.
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.
Through a series of workshops, activities, and events, 10 Action Plans were completed by the spring of 2018. A new program in 2019 will support another cohort with developing plans and offer new insights and inspiration to groups with existing plans.
By 2020, develop and launch a sustainability literacy initiative for Yale students, faculty, and staff that assesses and improves sustainability awareness and empowers action.
The sustainability literacy survey, which looks at sustainability attitudes and behaviors, was developed and then tested among focus groups for usability. It will be issued to a representative sample of staff, faculty, and Yale College students.
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.
Majora Carter spoke at the Black Student Alliance at Yale’s 50th anniversary celebration. The Afro-American Cultural Center and Asian American Cultural Center conducted waste and energy surveys, and Yale’s student cultural centers received monthly sustainability newsletters.