Sustainability

"Our mission is to improve the health of local and global communities. The environment affects our health in numerous ways and if we want others to respect and improve the environment, we need to lead by example. Thus, we need to do our work in as an environmentally responsible manner as possible. I hope that everyone will review the excellent plan developed by our Sustainability Committee and work towards the goals they have set out. The goals that include a 25 percent paper reduction, green certifications, academic integration and community environmental stewardship will benefit us all."

—Paul Cleary, Dean

Successes

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Paper - 100% of YSPH paper purchased now meets Yale standards of 30% post-consumer recycled content.

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Recycling - YSPH has migrated to  single stream recycling, which also now includes aluminum and plastic catering containers and 1-7 plastics.
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Swaps – three successful Office Supply Swaps and a Holiday Wrap Swap have been held in as many years, saving countless dollars and items from the landfill.
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Paperless Meetings – EMD now holds paperless meetings when possible. Conference rooms throughout 47 and 60 College Street are being retrofitted to offer a/v options for shared document viewing and videoconferencing via Skype.

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Pen Pails – Pails have been set up in central areas to upcycle pens, mechanical pencils, markers and highlighters. In addition to creating new products from these items, TerraCycle will donate 2 cents to The United Way of Greater New Haven for every instrument they receive from Yale.


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Built Environment– YSPH lobbied for picnic tables for the LEPH patio and additional bike racks at 47 and 60 College and achieved LEED Gold certification for its 6th floor lab renovation. We are striving for platinum certification for the recently completed 7th floor lab renovation. In addition to recycling 98 percent of construction materials in seven on-site sorting dumpsters, energy conservation is achieved through occupancy-sensor lighting, heating and cooling and Energy Star equipment, while low-flow faucets and toilets will use less water.


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Past Sustainability Week Campaigns

  • 2008: YSPH Recycling Fair  
  • 2009: Say No To Paper 
  • 2010: Trash Talk 
  • 2011: Community Carbon Fund fundraiser  
  • 2012: Celebrate Sustainability Picnic & Strategic Plan Recommendations presentation to the Dean