Technology

Shaping the future with technology

We are leveraging technology to build a more accessible, inclusive, and connected Yale. We seek creative solutions for using space on campus, building the shared economy, and enhancing mobility. 


Yale’s Efforts

  • Yale has made remarkable progress reducing server energy use, working with sustainable vendors, and streamlining on-campus IT systems. 
  • The University continues to provide the Yale community with new and more advanced computing solutions such as cloud-based virtual desktops, telework solutions and meeting the needs of employees and students with disabilities.

What You Can Do

Our Objectives and Goals

Foster Connectivity through Networks

Develop and implement multidisciplinary technological solutions that foster sustainability and connectivity through local, regional, and global networks

As part of Sustainability Week in Fall 2020, the Yale Office of Sustainability launched the Yale Sustainability Data Hub, an interactive webpage to promote data transparency and the ongoing integration of sustainable practices across the University. The Data Hub provides Yale community members with access to up-to-date, interactive graphics and data related to sustainability at Yale, including those for greenhouse gas emissions, paper purchasing, and campus waste (trash, recycling, compost, and reuse).

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2020 - June 2021: 
Goal: 

Sustainable Technology Network

UPDATED

By 2018, establish an initiative to promote technology-based sharing economy concepts.

Progress: 

The sustainable technology network has evolved to become part of our overall technology goals, as reflected under the Sustainable IT Standards goal.

Sustainable IT Standards

Lead the technology industry by creating replicable sustainability standards related to energy, materials, human well-being, and transportation

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2020 - June 2021: 
Goal: 

Sustainable IT Standards

UPDATED

By 2019, define new sustainability standards for institutional information technology.

Progress: 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IT services has not yet adopted a department-wide Sustainability Action Plan but is working on building redundancy and resiliency into the University’s IT infrastructure. In addition, the pandemic also enabled the University to better leverage technology solutions for teaching and learning across the institution.  

Goal: 

Telework

ACHIEVED

By 2020, increase teleworking at Yale by 25% to reduce travel and transportation emissions.

Progress: 

This goal was achieved in 2020, when we saw a 2275% increase in telecommuting from 2017 levels. While this far exceeds our goal, this extreme increase is attributed to the pandemic, and is representative of 57% of employees working remotely. In 2021, there was a 97% increase in use of teleconferencing tools above 2018 levels.