Leadership

Inspiring the minds that lead the world

Yale’s teaching and research reaches far beyond the classroom. From developing national rankings for resource use to improving air quality in rural developing country homes, Yale’s thought leadership builds a more sustainable world.


Yale’s Efforts

  • As we integrate sustainability into the scholarship and operations of the university and position Yale as a local and global leader, the YSP 2025 governance bodies ensure this process is dynamic, iterative, and inclusive. 

What You Can Do

Our Objectives and Goals

Teaching, Research, Learning, and Service

Enrich and enhance teaching, research, learning, and service that explore and contribute to sustainability solutions.

Yale is leading the Global University Climate Forum, a collaborative program that brings student activists together to share ideas, learn, connect, and act on the global imperative of addressing climate change. Multidisciplinary teams of students at all levels from all parts of the world were invited to submit their ideas for actionable projects. These projects were workshopped alongside a diverse set of climate leaders in early November, will be executed from December 2020-May 2021, and will then be published and shared at COP26.

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

Sustainability Working Group

ACHIEVED

By 2017, establish a set of interdisciplinary working groups to be identified by faculty conveners. Working groups will focus on teaching, research, and service around key themes such as urbanization, health, food systems, land use, and climate change. 

Progress: 

We achieved this goal in 2017 as faculty members from Schools and Departments throughout Yale collaborated on a program to advance urban scholarship, teaching, and engagement across the University. The program tackles new research questions across disciplinary divides and develop scalable solutions with impact. 

Goal: 

Applied Research and Active Learning

ACHIEVED

By 2018, identify and support institutional pathways for applied research, active learning, and the use of the campus as a living laboratory.

Progress: 

We achieved this goal in 2019. Applied research and active learning projects have included student and faculty participation on the biodiversity plan for campus; a pilot project to reduce the use of polystyrene among external food vendors; and a project to inform healthier standards for furniture on campus.

Goal: 

Sustainability Network

ACHIEVED

By 2019, establish a network to foster communication across the University on sustainability research and teaching, and to foster connections between the University’s scholarship and operations.

Progress: 

In November 2019, President Salovey announced that Yale would create the Planetary Solutions Project. That effort is now in its concept phase, but promises to fulfill the goal of fostering communication across the university on sustainability research and teaching, and ideally creating connections between the university’s scholarship and operations.

Leading Dialogues

Act as a convening voice and leader for dialogues about local, national, and global sustainability challenges

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

Town-Gown Collaboration

UPDATED

By 2018, establish a program to support projects in collaboration with the City of New Haven and local area groups that enhance sustainability goals.

Progress: 

We continue to build and maintain partnerships with area academic institutions, community organizations, and municipal departments. By 2025, we aim to support a suite of projects in collaboration with the City of New Haven and local area groups that enhance equity, the economy, and the environment.

Goal: 

External Collaboration

ACHIEVED

By 2019, develop a strategic plan to chart the course for ambitious national and international collaborations on sustainability research, teaching, and practice.

Progress: 

This goal was achieved in 2019. Collaborating with other institutions of higher education and organizations helps ensure that Yale is an active participant and partner in discussions around sustainability locally, regionally, and globally. Among the four external groups prioritized in the external collaboration strategy, focus areas have included airline miles, the Sustainable Development Goals, carbon neutrality, biodiversity, and capacity building.

Goal: 

Sustainable Solutions Association

ACHIEVED

By 2020, formalize an alliance of Yale alumni, donors, and friends to cultivate enduring and meaningful dialogues about sustainability challenges and successes.

Progress: 
In 2020, Yale Blue Green launched its Sustainability Initiative, an alumni effort targeted at helping Yale to expand and strengthen its commitment to leadership in sustainability as a globally applicable decision-making framework balancing people, planet, and prosperity.