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 plays a leadership role in creating strategic partnerships, both locally and amongst our Peer Institutions.
- 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
- Explore opportunities for teaching, learning and research in sustainability at Yale.
- Learn about the New Haven Climate and Sustainability Framework and ways to engage in New Haven.
Our Objectives and Goals
Teaching, Research, Learning, and Service
Enrich and enhance teaching, research, learning, and service that explore and contribute to sustainability solutions.
Sustainability Working Group
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.
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.
Applied Research and Active Learning
By 2018, identify and support institutional pathways for applied research, active learning, and the use of the campus as a living laboratory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By 2018, establish a program to support projects in collaboration with the City of New Haven and local area groups that enhance sustainability goals.
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.
By 2019, develop a strategic plan to chart the course for ambitious national and international collaborations on sustainability research, teaching, and practice.
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.
Sustainable Solutions Association
By 2020, formalize an alliance of Yale alumni, donors, and friends to cultivate enduring and meaningful dialogues about sustainability challenges and successes.