The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) this week released a Sustainability Action Plan, developed in cooperation with the Yale Office of Sustainability
, that will guide the School’s operational environmental priorities through the next three academic years.
The plan builds on the School’s century-long commitment to environmental stewardship and focuses on areas where F&ES can lead in encouraging sustainable practices across campus.
A centerpiece of the F&ES plan is the creation of a new fellowship position to promote the practice of sustainability. The F&ES Fellow — who will be hired during this academic year — will serve as a liaison between students, staff, and faculty on issues related to sustainability and diversity.
“A key part of the F&ES mission is to collaborate with all sectors of society and with key stakeholders across campus to achieve fair and effective solutions to environmental problems,” said Melanie Quigley
, chair of the School’s Environmental Stewardship Committee. “The F&ES Fellow is a key step toward institutionalizing our expertise into applied approaches toward a more sustainable campus.”
The release coincides with Celebrate Sustainability
, a week of events organized by the Office of Sustainability across the Yale campus.
The F&ES Fellow will cement and expand the School’s capacity in resource stewardship and conservation in three critical areas:
Leadership and Innovation: The School will test opportunities to expand the way F&ES units — and, where appropriate, other departments on campus — conceive of and seek solutions to environmental challenges in their day-to-day operation.
Materials Management: Building on recent success with paper consumption, which decreased by a third in one year, F&ES will seek to establish an elevated university norm for materials management by conducting analyses of procurement, use standards, and waste diversion practices.
Communications: F&ES will expand its role as a node for information banking and institutional memory for campus sustainability efforts, including through a new university-wide website called “Lux et Natura” — an online hub of environment-related news at Yale.
The F&ES Sustainability Action Plan will be implemented in three phases. In Phase One, the Sustainability Fellow will complete detailed and data-driven effort to identify the most effective strategies for action moving forward. Using the F&ES Sustainability Action Plan as a living document, the fellow will work with the F&ES Environmental Stewardship Committee to assess suggested ideas and improvements, take aggressive first action on key projects, and build a budget and strategy for further implementation efforts. In Phase Two, the fellow will work with F&ES and Yale administrators to develop a budget for larger initiatives. In Phase Three, the School will assess progress to date and establish a new set of priority actions.
The F&ES Fellowship will be open to master’s graduates of the School. Loosely modeled on Yale’s Woodbridge Fellowship, which introduces recent Yale College graduates to the work and administration of Yale, the F&ES Fellow will report to an Assistant Dean at F&ES and work with departments across the School and university, including the Yale Office of Sustainability.