Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.29
Liaison Lisa Noriega
Submission Date June 29, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Yale University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Keri Enright-Kato
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

Yale's Office of Sustainability, established in 2005, works to promote the tenets of sustainability at Yale, in New Haven, and around the global higher-education community. The OOS's office is one medium for sharing information related to sustainability at Yale.


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Office of Sustainability issues two newsletters each semester to update the Yale community on the newest sustainability initiatives around campus.


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Yale's various graduate schools and research centers publish student research papers. Below are a list of sustainability related research centers and URL's associated with student research papers.

Hixon Center for Urban Ecology
http://environment.yale.edu/hixon/student-research/student-research-interns/

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Doctoral Student Publications: http://environment.yale.edu/research/Doctoral-Student-Publications/

Office of Sustainability Student Research http://sustainability.yale.edu/sustainability-materials


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Yale's Office of Sustainability has several pages on its website devoted to highlighting the green features of all the University's LEED certified buildings. http://sustainability.yale.edu/buildings-and-construction

Additionally, Kroon Hall has a touchscreen monitor at both entrances to the building that invites you to learn about the green features of this LEED Platinum certified building.


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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Yale's Sustainable Food Project develops and distributes posters and table tents that educate students about sustainable food systems.

Program: Posters and Table Tents - Educating in the Dining Halls seek to nourish both the bodies and the minds of students by offering bite-sized helpings of information throughout the dining halls, to read as they eat. These table tents and posters inform students about the ethics of eating and the issues around food and agriculture, providing enough information for students to begin conversations of their own while sharing a good meal.


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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
No

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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

Yale provides information on a range of options including public transport, carpooling (and NuRide), the free campus shuttle service. It also provides an individual commute counseling service for people who need further advice.


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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Yale Office of Sustainability has a series of webpages devoted to welcoming Undergraduates and Graduate students to campus and offers information and tips on living sustainability on and off campus. http://sustainability.yale.edu/welcome-to-yale

On the incoming Freshman orientation website there is a link to tips/guide for sustainable living in the residential dorms.
http://yalecollege.yale.edu/content/planning-your-move

Yale School of Music has a dedicated Living Green page. http://music.yale.edu/student-life/green.html


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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat)?:
Yes

A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

Yale Daily News has one student reporter assigned to covering Sustainability at Yale.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Developed by students for students, the Dan the Green Dog comic series is intended to inspire and engage members of the Yale community to commit to sustainable choices.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

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The Yale Office of Sustainability develops outreach materials are meant to be used to educate and inspire you, your department, college, or peers to help Yale reach the goals outlined in the Sustainability Strategic Plan. You can download the materials directly and use them to communicate opportunities for making decisions that support campus sustainability efforts.


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