Successes Since 2007

Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • Conducted night-time energy survey and audit in May of 2014

Natural and Built Environment

  • LEED Certification was obtained for the 6th and 7th floors
    • The 7th floor received the CT Green Building Award
  • LEED Requirements for new labs have been met
  • A/V upgrades in conference rooms and classrooms to facilitate paperless meetings
  • Picnic tables installed to promote outdoor use
  • Plumbing and electrical upgrades requested in four high-traffic restrooms and common rooms
  • Additional bike racks installed
  • Urban Meadow requested

Materials Management

  • Implemented PaperCut for paper waste minimization and monitoring
  • Administrative offices’ conversion to flash drives, file share software, and YSPH intranet to replace volumes of paper documents distributed annually
  • YSPH flash drive giveaways to all faculty and staff
  • Compost pilot completed, now being used on 5 floors
  • Lab recycling program implemented on 3 floors
  • Furniture re-use, repurpose practice
  • Green Purchasing promotion
  • Pen pails
  • Central toner recycling site
  • YSPH travel mug sale/education campaign to replace paper cups
  • Office Supply Swaps held annually or semi-annually

Food and Well-Being

  • Water filtration dispensers have replaced most bottled water units
  • Conversion to water pitchers to replace bottled water at school-wide events; replicated by some departments
  • Eliminated soda and pizza from Deans’ Office-hosted events
  • Use and promotion of local (and preferably environmentally responsible) catering vendors
  • Advocated for (recent) healthier vending options; ongoing

Sustainability Leadership and Capacity Building

  • Engagement since 2007
  • 2012 Strategic Plan
  • 2015 Action Plan
  • Sustainability web page creation in 2012
  • Monthly sustainability article in YSPH e-newsletter
  • Annual Celebrate Sustainability events/campaigns
  • Green prizes for BYOs at school-wide social events
  • Promotion of Green certifications for workplace, lab and events
  • Community impact: Common Ground HS Urban Farm Workday, New Haven Land Trust Community Garden Clean-up, Community Carbon Fund fundraiser
  • Partnership with SAYPH (YSPH student organization)
Community Impact
  • Common Ground High School Urban Farm Workday
  • New Haven Land Trust Community Garden Clean-up
  • New Haven Farms Community Service Day

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.

Paul Cleary, Dean