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

A typical Earth Week at Yale features events across campus, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale Sustainability pivoted to provide a virtual Earth Week that was accessible to every member of the Yale community. A landing page was created that featured online learning opportunities, daily sustainability pledges, sustainability-related articles, a timeline of Earth Week at Yale, and a community-curated ArcGIS StoryMap focused on showcasing the Yale community’s climate stories from around the world.

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

Sustainable IT Standards

UPDATED

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

Progress: 

Due to COVID-19, ITS has not yet adopted a department-wide Sustainability Action Plan. However, COVID also enabled an opportunity for a more technology-based future of work at Yale. By 2021, a new IT Sustainability Action Plan will be launched.

Goal: 

Telework

UPDATED

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

Progress: 

In 2020, there was an 2275% increase in telecommuting, from 2017 levels. While this far exceeds our goal, this extreme increase is attributed to COVID-19, and is representative of 57% of employees working remotely. Going forward, we will use lessons learned from COVID to develop a technology strategy to “build back better,” including actions such as reducing square footage and commuter miles by standardizing telecommuting; suggesting a rubric to determine when virtual attendance can replace in-person attendance; and ensuring that the virtual worker is supported.