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

In 2020, Yale Sustainability launched two new content types geared toward empowering members of the Yale community with the knowledge they need to take climate action. The Yale Experts Explain article and video series uses interviews with diverse and interdisciplinary experts in the Yale community to break down complex topics in sustainability, and our action-oriented blog provides a pathway for every member of the Yale community to advance sustainable solutions with accessible tips and ideas.

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2019 - June 2020: 
Goal: 

Sustainability Action Plans

ACHIEVED

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: 

As of 2020, each of the 14 residential colleges has an updated version of a tailored action plan. This program has also 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.

Goal: 

Sustainability Literacy

ACHIEVED

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: 

After administering the first sustainability survey to faculty, staff, and first-and third-year Yale College students in Fall 2018, an in-depth review of survey results showed that the Yale community is knowledgeable about sustainability, but that they would be more inclined to preform sustainability behaviors if they had clearer way to measure them. Additional data has since been made available to the Yale community, and the survey will be administered again in 2021 to measure progress.

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 2019 - June 2020: 
Goal: 

Sustainability Inclusion and Justice Initiative

ACHIEVED

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

Progress: 

Since 2016, the Office of Sustainability has been exploring and deepening the connections between sustainability, inclusion, and justice through partnership building and reflective learning opportunities. In 2020, 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. Going forward, the Office will complete an annual Co-Benefit Assessment to track and report on the impacts of our goals pertaining to community well-being and social, environmental, and economic resiliency.