Yale University created its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy in 2005 which not only commits Yale to sharing annual data related to its carbon footprint and energy efficiency, but also pledges that the campus will be 43 percent below 2005 levels for greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. To achieve this, among other strategies, Yale has been investing in renewable energy sources on campus, including wind power, solar electric and solar thermal and geothermal technologies, and biodiesel, and is currently installing a 1.25MW solar PV system. Yale released its first Sustainability Strategic Plan in 2010. Yale released its second Sustainability Strategic Plan 2013–2016 in October 2013 with 25 goals across five major operational areas of the university. To date Yale has completed twenty-one LEED-certified building projects. In the category of “LEED New Construction”: two LEED Platinum buildings (Sculpture, Kroon), five LEED Gold buildings (Greenberg, Malone, Lori/Rudolph, Health Services Center, Stoeckel Hall), and two LEED Silver-certified buildings (Chemistry Research Building, Rosenkranz). Major renovations include: eleven LEED Gold and one LEED Platinum laboratory renovations, and one LEED Gold academic building (493 College). In addition to buildings, Yale’s Sustainable Stormwater and Water Management Plans help guide the University’s storm water runoff strategies and reduce potable water consumption. Yale is also home to the Sustainability Service Corps (SSC), an initiative consisting of four student teams. The Compost Crew promotes waste minimization in the colleges and at events, the Energy Squad works toward energy awareness and conservation, the College & Old Campus Sustainability Coordinators represent each residential college and housing area and serve to implement sustainable practices college-wide. In addition, Yale is developing Sustainability Action Plans for its Professional Schools, museums and libraries, and various departments. Yale University is actively working to advance sustainability in international arenas and was a key proponent of the development of sustainability strategies amongst the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU).
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.