Empowerment

A more open, connected, and innovative Yale

Yale welcomes all voices in fostering a diverse and inclusive sustainability movement.


Yale’s Efforts

  • 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. 

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.

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2017 - June 2018: 
Goal: 

Sustainability Action Plans

ON TRACK

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

Progress: 

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. 

Goal: 

Sustainability Literacy

ON TRACK

By 2020, develop and launch a sustainability literacy initiative for Yale students, faculty, and staff that assesses and improves sustainability awareness and empowers action.

Progress: 

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

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2017 - June 2018: 
Goal: 

Sustainability Inclusion and Justice Initiative

WE COULD DO BETTER

By 2018, launch an initiative to promote dialogue about sustainability, inclusion, and justice on campus and in New Haven.

Progress: 

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.