Spring Masters Teas!

We have a theme for the year!  The Office of Sustainability will be hosting 4-5 master’s teas this spring around the theme “Innovating Sustainability”.  We will be bringing business, cultural, and technological leaders to Yale to speak about their inspirations, projects, and professions.  We will also be hosting a series of roundtables for students and community members to roll up their sleeves and dive into debates on sustainable energy, technology, building, and lifestyles.  Keep an eye out over the coming months for specifics.


Student Sustainability Forum

For you Yale students (and organizations!) who’d like to be more involved in Sustainability at Yale (or for those of you who are already involved but don’t know about this event), the Student Sustainability Forum is having a meeting on November 7 here at the Office of Sustainability. 

If you’re interested, check out this page for details on this upcoming event, and click here for details about the Forum in general. Below is a map of 70 Whitney, where the Office of Sustainability is located.

Desk-side Recycling

In efforts to encourage campus recycling and increase actual rates of recycling from 19% to 40%, the University has implemented a desk-side recycling program that puts two special bins at every office desk on campus which are emptied by custodians twice weekly. You may have seen these new trash and recycling bins, but may not know exactly how to use them, or even which one is which. deskside-recycling.jpg

Large Bin:

Mixed Paper

Resist the temptation to put garbage (food wrappers, plastic waste, etc.) in the large bin – after all, in an office, there is bound to be more paper trash than any other kind, so it makes sense that paper should go in the larger bin.

Mixed Paper Includes: Newspaper, white paper, colored paper, glossy paper, magazines, catalogs, envelopes*, manila folders, notecards, books, sticky notes, paperboard (thin cardboard). Envelopes are OK with or without plastic windows. Staples in Mixed Paper are OK.

Mixed Paper does not include: Food service paper, wax paper, paper cups, carbon paper, thermal fax paper, copy paper wrappers, paper clips.

Small bin: Trash

Here’s a list of things NOT to throw away here. Recycle these in the appropriate manner!

Printer Cartridges
Technoscrap (batteries, small electronics, etc)
Cans and Bottles


Most of all, don’t throw away Mixed Paper! After all, the mixed paper bin is in the exact same place as the trash bin.

Waste Stream analyses suggest that 21% of our “trash” is actually recyclable mixed paper.

In fiscal year 2006, Yale generated 6186 tons of trash. According to CJ May of Yale Recycling, if we had recycled that 21% of mixed paper (equivalent to 1299 tons), we would have doubled our recycling rate from 19% to 38%, nearly reaching our target of 40%. If it is fully taken advantage of, the convenience of desk-side recycling is sure to help Yale’s campus reach the target recycling rate. Happy recycling!

Energy-Saving Tip #1: Power Strips

Surge Protector

Even when they’re powered off, laptop and cell phone chargers, TVs, stereos, and other electronics continue to draw electricity from the grid if plugged in.

One great way to save energy would be to unplug your laptop and cell phone charger when you’re not using them. More effectively, you could plug your cell phone charger, laptop charger, printer, TV, stereo (and/or any other appliances you don’t need when you’re not in the room) into a surge protector. When you leave the room, simply flip that switch off (or better yet, unplug the power strip!), and save energy without the trouble of having to unplug a mass of cables and plugs!

At the very least, when you happen to go out of town for a few days, be sure to unplug your TV, stereo, desktop computer, and/or any other large appliances that won’t be used while you’re gone.

For more tips on how to live sustainably, visit http://www.yale.edu/sustainability/takeAction.htm .