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.

This Objective is supported by the following goal(s): 
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: 

Starting in Spring 2017, faculty members from Schools and Departments throughout the Yale are collaborating on a program to advance urban scholarship, teaching, and engagement across the University. The program will tackle new research questions across disciplinary divides and develop scalable solutions with impact. 

Goal: 

Applied Research and Active Learning

ON TRACK

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

Progress: 

Student fellows have conducted three sets of research so far, to support the cataloguing of existing programs: a literature review on the concept of applied research and the “living lab;” a set of semi-structured interviews with Yale faculty and employees; and a survey of Yale and nine of its peers from the International Alliance of Research Universities.

Goal: 

Sustainability Network

WE COULD DO BETTER

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 Fall 2017, the Office of Sustainability launched the Yale Project on Shared Sustainability Scholarship to support activities to foster sustainability collaboration among academic groups, between the University’s scholarship and operations, and between Yale and external partners.

Leading Dialogues

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

The Yale Hixon Center for Urban Ecology and the Urban Resources Initiative collaborated with the City of New Haven on constructing and monitoring bioswales at West Park Avenue and Newhallville. The academic research helped to inform design standards for the approximately 200 bioswales that will be installed in downtown New Haven to address flooding and water quality issues.

This Objective is supported by the following goal(s): 
Goal: 

Town-Gown Collaboration

ON TRACK

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: 

Cataloging of existing partnerships is ongoing. Yale and the City of New Haven will co-host the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology conference on Forging University-Municipality Partnerships Towards Urban Sustainability in October 2017.

Goal: 

External Collaboration

ON TRACK

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

Progress: 

The Office of Sustainability has developed a matrix to track overlaps in Yale’s external alliances and partnerships. Efforts in the coming year will be focused on connecting groups on shared priority projects. 

Goal: 

Sustainable Solutions Association

WE COULD DO BETTER

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

Progress: 
Foundational work for this goal includes the development of a Sustainability Action Plan for the Office of Development and Association of Yale Alumni, as well as a workshop during the 2017 Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit that will highlight pathways for alumni involvement.