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

Yale installed an advanced lighting system at 221 Whitney Avenue, one of a series of lighting demonstrations across the country in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, DesignLights Consortium, United Illuminating, Wendell Energy, and Enlighted. The new system decreased the building’s annual energy use and provided data on space use. The system features LED lights and a network of occupancy controls, replacing fluorescent technology and stand-alone occupancy controls. 

The data improves utilization of facilities by identifying and reducing redundancies and excess capacity. Preliminary data demonstrates how this type of technology could inform better uses of space at Yale.

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2017 - June 2018: 
Goal: 

Sustainable Technology Network

WE COULD DO BETTER

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

Progress: 

Active work on this goal has not yet begun.

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 2017 - June 2018: 
Goal: 

Sustainable IT Standards

WE COULD DO BETTER

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

Progress: 

Active work on this goal began in Fall 2017.

Goal: 

Telework

ON TRACK

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

Progress: 

In 2017, 2.4% of eligible Yale faculty and staff telecommuted to work and 45% use teleconferencing tools for work meetings at least once per month. Yale Sustainability completed a pilot program for telecommuting, finding that it increased productivity and enhanced work-life balance.