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

Yale University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Lindsay Toland
Metrics & Program Manager
Yale Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

Stormwater Management Plan: https://facilities.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Sustainable%20Stormwater%20Mangement%20Plan%20%2B%202018%20Update.pdf

Water Management Plan:
https://sustainability.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/WMP%20web.pdf

Framework for Campus Planning Sustainability Supplement:
http://facilities.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Design%20Standards/YALEFRMW%20SUST%20SUPP.pdf

Departmental Sustainability Action Plans (Athletics, Human Resources and Administration, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Procurement, Library, School of Nursing, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies): http://sustainability.yale.edu/planning-progress/department-level-plans


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 Leadership ambition aims to demonstrate local and global leadership in sustainability teaching, research, service, and operations. It sets a goal to establish a network to foster communication across the university on sustainability research and teaching, and to foster connections between the university's scholarship and operations, by 2019. In addition, the School of Nursing Sustainability Action Plan sets a goal to provide sustainability-related content examples that faculty might consider using as part of YSN's curricular threats by September 2018 and to issue a survey to determine the percent of courses that have accommodated this request by January 2019.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 Leadership ambition aims to demonstrate local and global leadership in sustainability teaching, research, service, and operations. It sets a goal to establish a network to foster communication across the university on sustainability research and teaching, and to foster connections between the university's scholarship and operations, by 2019. It also sets a goal to identify and support institutional pathways for applied research, active learning, and the use of the campus as a living laboratory by 2018.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets a goal to create and implement Sustainability Action Plans for key academic, cultural, and administrative Yale communities to support the ambitions of the Yale Sustainability Plan by 2020. These plans are tailored to the department level so that the Yale community can engage in action more directly. The Plan also sets a goal to, by 2020, develop and launch a sustainability literacy initiative for Yale students, faculty, and staff that assesses and improves sustainability awareness and empowers action.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets a goal to establish a program to support projects in collaboration with the City of New Haven and local area groups that enhance sustainability goals by 2018.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets a goal to meet or exceed the 2005 commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by 2020. It also sets a goal to develop a strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by or before 2050. Finally, it sets a goal to, by 2020, develop a program and related technology to account for, reduce, and offset emissions from university events and travel to position Yale to set a Scope 3 emissions reduction commitment.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets several goals related to designing, building, and maintaining resilient and sustainable buildings:
>By 2019, evaluate existing frameworks for high-performance building design and update Yale design requirements to achieve emissions reductions, optimal performance and use, and positive health and ecosystem outcomes.
>By 2020, commit to campus development strategy that increases energy conservation and renewable energy generation in support of the carbonneutrality commitment.
>By 2019, define and commit to updated high-performance standards and protocols for planned maintenance, operation, and building occupancy that comprehensively integrate sustainability.
>By 2019, develop and adopt a university policy for efficient use of campusspace that improves utilization of university buildings and facilities by identifying and reducing redundancies and excess capacity.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 contains several energy-related commitments:
>Expand energy conservation and emissions reductions through applied research by 2020.
>Identify, fund, and implement energy conservation and generation projects with positive returns and significant GHG emissions reductions by 2019.
>By 2020, commit to campus development strategy that increases energy conservation and renewably energy generation in support of the carbon neutrality commitment.
>Develop projects for energy conservation, generation, and distribution that support a resilient, healthy campus by 2018.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets goals to, by 2020, establish a fresh sustainable food action plan that sets new standards for measuring the ecological and social impacts of on-campus food preparation and consumption, and to establish campus-wide sustainable catering standards.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets a goal to define standards for innovative landscape management to enhance care and use of Yale land inside and outside of New Haven by 2020. It also sets a goal to establish best practices, standards, benchmarks, and biodiversity goals and strategies to meet and measure performance to create a campus biodiversity plan by 2023.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets several goals relatd to ensuring sustainable consumption patterns:
>By 2019, define, refine, and systematize progressive language for requests for proposals and vendor contracts.
>By 2020, establish and promote sustainable packagine standards.
>By 2020, create and launch an engagement strategy to empower Yale students, staff, and faculty to make responsible materials management choices, including communications about purchasing volume for key commodities, reuse, and diversion of materials from the waste stream.

In addition, the Procurement Sustainability Action Plan sets several goals for the department to advance the university's sustainability commitments in the area of purchasing.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets several goals related to promoting and supporting human and ecosystem health through sustainable transportation:
>By 2019, complete a Sustainable Transportation Framework and related analysis for enhancing sustainable transportation infrastructure on and across Yale campuses.
>By 2019, enhance transportation options through local and regional partnership.
>By 2025, increase the proportion of Yale community members commuting to campus using sustainable transportation modes by 10% above 2015 levels.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets several goals relatd to ensuring sustainable consumption patterns:
>By January 2022, create, pilot, and assess a "pay as you throw" system.
>By 2020, identify the most impactful commodity groups that contribute to Yale's waste stream, through material flow analyses.
>By 2020, create and launch an engagement strategy to empower Yale students, staff, and faculty to make responsible materials management choices, including communications about purchasing volume for key commodities, reuse, and diversion of materials from the waste stream.
>By 2021, create a suite of coordinated solutions for exploring inflow and outflow of high-volume materials, by identifying opportunities for reuse within the Yale community, New Haven community, and the region.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets a goal to, by 2020, implement recommendations as proposed in the 2016 supplements to campus Stormwater and Water Management Plans in explicit alignment with municipal, regional, and state priorities.

The Water Management Plan Update 2017 sets a goal to implement projects and activities to reduce annual potable water use on campus 5% below FY2013 levels by June 2020.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets a goal to launch an initiative to promote dialogue about sustainability, inclusion, and justice on campus and in New Haven by 2018.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets a commitment to encourage Yale's external investment managers to consider risks and opportunities associated with climate change in their investment processes with respect to Yale's portfolio.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Yale Sustainability Plan 2025 sets a goal to, by 2020, align university efforts to increase awareness of health benefits of sustainability initiatives and improve health outcomes.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Two of the Sustainability Action Plans are directly linked to Arts & Culture, as they are for departments that house art, artifacts, documents, and books: the Action Plan for the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the Action Plan for the University Art Gallery.


Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
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The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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