We’re moving!

The Greening of the Beinecke blog is joining forces with the Yale University Library’s to promote a more sustainable and environmentally responsible library system, and campus. Our first collaborative effort will be a unified blog. From now on, the Beinecke’s efforts to conserve, to change habits, and to make purchasing choices that promote sustainability can be found here, along with the Yale University Library Green Team’s news, suggestions, and efforts. Thanks for reading, and for joining our green efforts, wherever they may blog.


Going in Circles

As the Beinecke Library wraps-up its roof renovation patrons and staff will no longer circle the building for an entrance, and, we’ll be back to using the revolving door.  This is good news from a green perspective, as folks over at MIT have determined:  “On average 8x as much air is exchanged when a swing door is opened as opposed to a revolving door. That’s 8x as much new air that needs to be heated or cooled and that’s why using the revolving door is a great way to reduce energy requirements on campus.”

Something to Chew On This Winter

As the days grow shorter and colder many of us are tempted to bulk-up for the winter weather.  The Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Yale Office of Sustainability provide some healthy options.  At the Yale Farm this Friday John Barricelli of SoNo Baking Company and Cafe will demonstrate how to make an apple galette and the Yale Sustainability Student Blog showcases ideas for a vegetarian Thanksgiving.

On the Fringe: Benefits for Bicycle Commuters

In October, George Bush signed the Transportation Fringe Benefit to Bicycle Commuters, which allows employers to reimburse bicycle commuters up to $20 per month tax-free for eligible expenses. The act was section 211 of HR 1424 (the Wall Street bailout package) and takes effect January 1.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Yale to improve the commuter benefit program in order to better align it with University-wide sustainability initiatives. Currently, bicycle commuters do not receive the type of benefits that are extended to those who carpool or use public transportation. While the dollar amount is small, this benefit would be an added incentive to bike to work.

The Benefits Office has not decided whether or how to implement this yet so it would be good if they heard from staff. Have an opinion? Let them know (benefits.office@yale.edu)!

The full text of the relevant section of the law is cited in this article form Cycleliciou.us.

Free Parking!

Yes, the University has instituted a new free parking policy for three or more person carpools.  For all the details see the Commuting Alternatives web site.

The building of Kroon Hall

Kroon Hall, the new building for Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, will be Yale campus’s “greenest” building. To create this model of sustainable design, F&ES brought together some of the world’s leading architects and engineers: Hopkins Architects, Centerbrook Architects and Planners, ARUP, aetelier ten, and Olin Partnership. The building is currently on a path to go beyond the “Platinum” rating given by U.S. Green Building Council through their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED). Kroon will set a new standard for sustainable design. A new website details the vision of the building and tracks its progress, including a Flickr slideshow detailing the construction progress.

Environmental Failure: A Case for a New Green Politics

James Gustave Speth, author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability and dean of the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, proposes a new, inclusive green politics that challenges basic assumptions about consumerism and unlimited growth. Read his recent commentary on Yale Environment 360 or listen to a podcast where James Gustave Speth talks about building a new environmentalism, also available through Yale Environment 360.