Yale Commits to Long-Term Sustainability Efforts
The combination of the efforts of students, staff, faculty, and administrators coupled with the work of the Office of Sustainability, has placed Yale at the forefront of the movement of Sustainability and Higher Education.
Yale has established a long-term sustainability strategy and has many accomplishments that demonstrate the depth and intellectual engagement grounding this institutional commitment.
Some highlights of these successes include the following:
- Yale has a short term greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 10% below 1990 levels by the year 2020, a 43% reduction from 2005 levels
- Set a course for the use of green cleaning products in all Yale buildings
- Adopted sustainable procurement principles for items ranging from paper to electronic equipment
- Hired the University’s first Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems
- Engaged with students in and out of the classroom as well as staff and faculty across the campus and much more.
While many people are engaged in program specific dialogue and actions across the campus, very few have the opportunity to recognize and experience the breadth of Yale’s efforts which span from the power plant, the dining halls and the residential colleges to the classroom, the labs and the libraries. In the weeks and months ahead the Office of Sustainability will increase efforts to engage with and raise the awareness of Yale staff through targeted publications, presentations, and new programs.
If you or your staff would like to learn more about Yale’s sustainability initiatives or how you or your office can become more involved, please contact Bob Ferretti, Education and Outreach Manager, Yale Office of Sustainability www.yale.edu/sustainability. Please join Yale in its commitment to becoming a sustainable institution.