Archive for October, 2008

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.

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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.

Climate Change exhibition

If your travels take you into New York, check out the new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History.  “Climate Change: The Threat to Life and the New Energy Future,” opened on October 18th and will run through next August.  “Yes, climate has changed throughout Earth’s long history, but this time it is different. For the first time, complex human societies are facing the consequences of climate change worldwide. Plant and animal species already threatened by fragmented habitats are feeling the impact. And for the first time, humans are causing it. Can we avoid disastrous climate change by altering the way we live? There is still time. But it will take a worldwide effort, lasting generations. And it needs to start now. ”

If you aren’t able to make the trip in to see the exhibit, check out the web site, which provides a full description of the exhibition, additional resources, and an exhibition blog.

Taking the Pledge

Yale community members are invited to Take the Sustainability Pledge and join others who are taking personal actions to reduce our collective impact.  With Yale’s staff, faculty, and students numbering around 21, 000, this is no small impact!  While not everyone may choose to make their name available on the roster of who has pledged so far, it’s surprising to see how few faculty members have signed-up – so take the pledge and spread the word!

Filling Your Fridge — Locally

There are a number of ways New Haven residents can find local produce, from farmers’ markets at Wooster Square and downtown to local retailers.  A new site, Buy CT Grown, now offers a quick and easy way to find out what’s in season and where to find it – all year ‘round.

As CitySeed, Inc. explains, “Buy CT Grown’s mission is to link Connecticut’s food and agricultural community including farmers, consumers, restaurants and retailers to: celebrate and promote Connecticut grown farm products, grow the local economy, and enhance the quality of life in our state.”

Buy CT Grown is a project of CitySeed, Inc. and the Buy CT Grown Advisory Team.  For more information about Buy CT Grown click here.