CASE 1 DEPARTMENTLEVEL PLANNING L E YA SIT Y ER V I UN
In 2010, Yale launched its first Sustainability Strategic Plan. While it was a major milestone in sustainability efforts on campus, it was not well suited to inspire individual actions among the employees and students. For example, the average person could not really do anything to support the renewable-energy targets, and few employees or students could relate their own daily choices (in terms of purchasing, energy use, etc.) to the goals of the plan. In an attempt to address this disconnect, the Yale Office of Sustainability piloted a programme to establish Sustainability Action Plans for three of its ten professional schools and, over the course of one year, the Sustainability group worked with teams of students and employees to develop documents that were tailored to the unique culture of each of these Schools. In each case, this resulted in sustained efforts over the course of the plan. Based on this pilot, the 2013-2016 Yale Sustainability Strategic Plan includes a commitment to develop a Sustainability Action Plan for each of the professional schools. These plans have three aims: 1
Highlighting specific goals from the university-wide plan where a particular school can support success
Spelling out particular actions that will help green the physical presence of a particular school (for example, recycling signage or reducing paper)
Emphasising the links between sustainability and the particular discipline of each school.
DIFFICULTY OF IMPLEMENTATION
SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS ORGANISATION
Published on Oct 9, 2014
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