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By Julie Newman
For those of us committed to greening Yale, the reasons for doing so have always been self-evident. Who could argue with the benefits derived from using less energy and resources to fulfill one’s job responsibilities, especially in an age of austerity when reducing costs is paramount to maintaining the pre-eminence of this great institution?
In some quarters, however, it has always been fashionable to assert that we can’t afford to conduct business sustainably, and those cries are now even louder given the downturn in the economy. I say, tell it to President Levin, himself a distinguished economist. Over the past 10 years he has forcefully argued that environmental citizenship must extend beyond the university’s academic enterprise and that Yale as an institution must adopt policies and practices that will contribute to a more sustainable planet. Five years ago, he boldly committed the university to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, at a cost of less than 1 percent of annual operating expenses. And just last year he formed a Sustainability Task Force that has developed a three-year blueprint—just released—for transforming how Yale handles its waste, transportation, food, water usage, energy and greenhouse gases, land, procurement policies and compliance with environmental health and safety initiatives.
The university already finds itself well-positioned to realize this ambitious strategic plan because…
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