Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.79
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date Aug. 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Yale University
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Lindsay Crum
Senior Manager, Data Analysis and Program Management
Yale Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Yale Healthy Furniture Initiative

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

We convened a cross-departmental committee in order to update the university’s building standards and procurement recommendations to eliminate flame retardants and chemicals of concern from purchased furniture. The key takeaway is that modifying our furniture specifications improved the health and well-being of building occupants and saved the university money on purchased furniture while complying with life safety fire code. 

We started by looking at specs for furniture for capital projects, and procurement worked with vendors on identifying our preferences. We also worked closely with procurement and the change management team on creating a strategy for educating university buyers on options.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Buildings
Purchasing
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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