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Volume 11 Number 2, February 2008

General Interest

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety Welcomes Five New Employees 

  • June Tamkin-Price is a new half-time medical health physicist working on radiation safety at the PET facility.
  • Jim Romanski is the new Power Plant EHS Officer working on air and other environmental compliance issues at the University’s Power Plants.
  • Salvador Aurelia III is the new Health and Safety Technician within the Environmental Services program. Sal can assist you with your radioactive, biomedical and hazardous waste removals.
  • Brian Mullins is a Safety Advisor Technician working on fume hood and safety equipment testing, radioactive isotope deliveries, indoor air quality investigations and work requests safety clearances.
  • Iain Kinsella rejoins the OEHS team as a Safety Advisor Technician.  Iain had worked in OEHS as Health & Safety Technician and took two years to purse other career opportunities.

Free Furniture and Surplus Items February 8

Yale Recycling will hold a surplus give-away day on Friday February 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 220 Wallace Street in Fair Haven. Members of the Yale and New Haven communities are welcome.

Items typically include chairs, desks, filing cabinets, books, art cards, three-ring binders, dorm mattresses and frames. For a specific list, e-mail recycling@yale.edu the day prior to the event. For last minute information call 815-7995. Items should be removed that day or, if necessary, marked with a date on which they will be removed during the following week.

Yale Recycling accepts unwanted office supplies and furniture from Yale departments and makes them available to other Yale departments, non-profits and individuals. Learn more at www.yale.edu/recycling. Contact us at 432-6852.


Yale Faculty, Staff and Students to Participate in RecycleMania 2008

Members of the Yale community are competing against other schools in a 10-week long recycling competition. Each week nearly 400 participating colleges and universities submit weights for their trash and recycling each week. Champions are chosen at the end for categories like recycling rates, use per capita, etc.

Students will be working hard this year to help all of the Yale community in the competition. They will provide feedback, hold events to raise awareness and continue to work with departments to ensure recycling works smoothly. Yale's performance in RecycleMania has traditionally been in the "middle of the pack." Yale ranked 54 out of 77 last year given its recycling rate of only 18%.

RecycleMania is sponsored by the EPA to promote recycling awareness and participation. Contact Yale Recycling to learn how you and your department can play a pivotal role in winning RecycleMania! Call 432-6852, e-mail recycling@yale.edu or check out the web site at www.yale.edu/recycling.


Mail Tip: Should I Use Recycling or the Junk Mail Program?

Yale is one of only a handful of colleges and universities to have an active Junk Mail Program AND a Recycling Program. Each program has been extremely successful over the years, both contributing to the success of paper recycling. But which program should you use for YOUR recycling needs?

Try this simple test: When you open your mail each day, ask yourself if you want to continue to receive this mail in the future. If the answer is yes, then RECYCLE the item. If the answer is no, you do not want to receive it but would like to be taken off their mailing list, use the JUNK MAIL PROGRAM.

When mail is returned to the Junk Mail Program, we contact companies requesting that your name be taken off their mailing list. Every attempt is made to cancel mail you do not want to receive again. Any mail that is left at the end of this process is recycled. Last year alone, the Junk Mail Program contributed over 22 tons of mail to be recycled! Help us to increase that number this year by daily using the Junk Mail Program.


Spare Hanging File Folders Available

As the OISS goes paperless, we now have several hundred green letter-size hanging folders (new and slightly used) available for anyone who wishes to stop by to pick them up. Contact sarah.henderson@yale.edu to make arrangements.


Free Home Buyer Information Series from Yale and People’s Bank

Yale University and People’s Bank cordially invite you to a free four-part home buyer information series this spring. Learn about mortgage programs, budgeting, credit reports, financing, inspections, closing and maintenance. The next series is March 25, April 1, 8 and 15. Later series is TBA. All sessions are on Tuesday evenings, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Dixwell-Yale Learning Center, 101 Ashmun Street. Seating limited. Call Bill Carney to register and for more information at 432-5535.