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Yale University

Student Survey

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.


Name: Charles Zhu

Position (in student organization): 08-09 Co-coordinator

Date survey submitted: July 22, 2009



1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Yale Student Environmental Coalition

Number of active members: 15-30

Website: http//yale.edu/ysec

Date of last meeting: May 1

Frequency of meetings: Weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Bike sharing program ($15K secured, to be implemented in Fall 2009), improving the image of environmentalists on campus, environmental tutoring program implemented (to be continued), more cooperation between groups, structural reform (to be continued), exercise bicycles that generate energy in gyms, and more... 

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: See above



2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[x]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

 #1 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:



Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:


 Contests are hard at a place like Yale because people must be convinced intellectually that their actions are meaningful.  Rewards are meaningless because many of the proposed rewards (food, wide-screen TVs, etc.) are available already.



3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[  ]  No

[ x]  Yes. Please describe: We established a joint committee looking into LEED certification for the new residential colleges.  There is no specific position or committee, but we are on good relations with our student government and cooperated with them on a wide range of actions.



4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

We have a large awareness wing: Water Week, a series of Fall luncheons with talks from Seanator Whitehouse to Gus Speth to Robert Mendelsohn, Earth Week...

 We also tried to improve our image on campus by working with STEP.  Our image isn't necessarily bad, but its not as good as it could be.  We can often be stereotyped as typical "environmentalists."

 Another group that has done some great work is the Responsible Endowment Project, which lobbies for the Investment Office to take more stringent measures in ensuring that our investments do not cause environmental damage or social injustice...

 They have also drafted several reports and are working closely with the Advisory Committee on Investor Relations...


5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

The Bike Collective: Christopher Shirley and Aaron Reiss (fixes up old bikes to donate to charity or sell at very reduced prices)

Food from the Earth: Elsie Kenyon (food justice advocacy group)

REP: Christopher Termyn, Aaron Podolny (sustainable endowments)


6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):

New Haven Environmental Justice Network

Coalition for a Clean and Healthy Connecticut


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