Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.77
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date June 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Yale University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Amber Garrard
Education & Outreach Manager
Yale Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

Paid opportunities to get involved with campus sustainability projects are available through the Office of Sustainability. In addition, Yale College and a number of Yale's graduate and professional schools have special interest groups that work on various aspects of sustainability.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The Yale Sustainable Food Program (YSFP) is the steward of two small farms used for learning and research, one on Yale’s main campus and the other at Yale’s West Campus. YSFP supports both curricular and extra-curricular learning, and serve as a hub to connect Yale’s students to opportunities for study and practice in food, health, and the environment.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The Acorn, a student-run café located in Silliman College, is a green certified café that features sustainably sourced coffee, offers a space for students to build community, and promotes entreprenship.


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Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

Yale offers students myriad opportunities to learn about sustainability. A few examples include:
New Directions in Environmental Law Conference hosted by Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
https://ndel.yale.edu/
The Yale Food Systems Symposium (YFSS) is a student led, interdisciplinary conference initiated by students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
https://yalefoodsymposium.org/
The Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY), sponsored by the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, is one of America's premier student-run environmental film festivals.
http://effy.yale.edu/
Last but not least, the Office of Sustainability hosts an annual "Celebrate Sustainability" week, with five days of sustainability-themed events.


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

The Yale Office of Sustainability hosts an annual Earth Day Awards Breakfast event every year. For the past two years, the event has included a musical performance composed and performed by Yale School of Music students, created with a climate change-theme in mind.


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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Yale FOOT offers a unique wilderness experience to 400 incoming Yale freshmen and transfer students each year. In late August, trained upperclassmen lead pre-orientation backpacking trips to five scenic locations throughout the Northeast. Leave No Trace principles are integrated into the programming.


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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Yale Divinity School selected the book Food and Faith by Norman Wirzbafor a community-read in 2017-2018. They offered it to all members of the community, and then brought Norman to give a talk and have dinner with the students.


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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Sustainability Service Corps employs undergraduates to promote sustainability on campus.

The Environmental Stewardship Committee at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) employs graduate students to work on sustainability projects relevant to the F&ES community.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
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