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-10: Community Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Brianne Mullen
Urban Sustainability Program Associate
Yale Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
goNewHavengo

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus?:
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above:

GoNewHavengo is an active transportation program to encourage healthier, cleaner, and cheaper travel in the Greater New Haven Area. Every September, we host an alternative transportation contest and month of events, giving individuals and businesses access to our wide range of transportation resources. During the rest of the year, we host events and work with our partners to decrease congestion and traffic in our City. These events have included "community conversations" where we explore issues such as transportation equity and safety. Lead organizations on goNewHavengo include state and local government agencies – the City of New Haven Department of Transportation, Traffic & Parking, CTrides, and CTTransit – and private and non-profit institutions – the Yale University Office of Sustainability, New Haven Leon Sister City Project, and New Haven Healthy City Healthy Climate Challenge. Through this cross-sector collaboration, we are able to reach a variety of audiences, including individuals, businesses, schools, and other organizations, as we seek to help New Haven commuters save money, improve their health, and reduce their environmental impact with a sustainable commute. Learn more at gonhgo.org.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Community Carbon Fund

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (2nd partnership) (Yes, No, or Not Sure):
No

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (2nd partnership):

Yale’s Office of Sustainability administers the Yale Community Carbon Fund (YCCF), started in 2008, to support local carbon mitigation projects that go beyond the university’s immediate campus. It seeks to reduce and mitigate the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, and to increase economic and health security for low-income people living in New Haven by enabling their homes to be more energy efficient. YCCF is financed by contributions from Yale-affiliated individuals or groups interested in reducing the carbon impact of their travel or events. After calculating their carbon emissions, participants are taken to a secure website to make a donation to one of three options: 1) Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program to help low income New Haven residents pay for health and safety problems so that they can have energy efficiency work done in their homes, 2) Urban Resources Initiative (URI) - a Yale affiliate which plants trees in the city, or 3) a gold standard offsets project chosen by Nexus, a non-Yale affiliated organization which identifies and supports gold standard carbon emissions reduction projects. Learn more at http://sustainability.yale.edu/research-education/community-carbon-fund.


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
Urban Resources Initiative

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (3rd partnership):
The partnership simultaneously supports social equity and wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners in strategic planning, decision-making, implementation and review? (3rd partnership) (Yes, No, or Unknown):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability, including website URL (if available) and information to support each affirmative response above (3rd partnership):

Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is a non-profit university partnership whose mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, and advance the practice of urban forestry. Its close relationship with Yale brings the expertise of faculty and graduate students to the local community while offering graduate student interns the opportunity for practical field training. URI GreenSkills is a local green jobs program that employs high school students and ex-offenders through the planting of trees. GreenSkills connects people to their communities, their environment, and each other. The program kicked off in the fall of 2007, when the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees carried a backlog of citizens’ requests for street trees. Because of URI's ongoing and successful partnership with this city agency through the Community Greenspace program, we were the natural partners to respond to these unfulfilled requests. URI's Board of Directors includes Yale faculty, local activists and New Haven residents, and others. Learn more at environment.yale.edu/uri.


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:

In addition to the formal partnerships described above, Yale participates in many other efforts to advance sustainability in the community. Various examples include the Clean Energy Summer Campaign, an effort supported by the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative and Yale School of Public Health Sustainability Comimttee to celebrate new solar arrays being installed on public schools in New Haven; the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE), established in 2007 to identify soluations to New Haven's health challenges through community-engaged research; the Jim Vlock First Year Building Project for first-year School of Architecture students to design and build a sustainable single-family home in a low-income neighborhood; and, the New Haven Food Policy Council, a group on which senior mangaement from Yale Hospitality participates, among many other partnerships.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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