Yale University honored Lindsay Toland
’15 M.E.M. and the staff of the Urban Resources Initiative
(URI) with Certificates of Outstanding Recognition in appreciation for their contributions to sustainability at Yale during the 2014-15 academic year.
They were recognized during Yale’s State of Sustainability Breakfast held in the President’s Room at Woolsey Hall on April 22.
Toland, a second-year student at F&ES, has been sustainability coordinator for the School’s Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) since 2013. In that role, she has promoted environmental stewardship through education, research, and even a little humor. (She and other ESC members have produced a series of offbeat videos promoting sustainability initiatives, including Toland’s parody of The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World” that highlights the latest freebies in the school’s recycled “stuff site.”)
She also developed the School’s waste management initiatives, wrote a sustainability action plan that aligns F&ES’s plans with those of the Yale Sustainability Strategic Plan, and helped coordinate F&ES Earth Day activities — including this week’s “seed bomb” event.
Toland has also helped coordinate a program that recycles candy, granola, and energy bar wrappers through a partnership with the upcycling company TerraCycle
. In exchange, TerraCycle has provided clean water to the equivalent of 10 people in needy areas across the U.S.
“It’s really nice to be recognized, but also just to be a part of the effort toward making strides toward sustainability on campus,” she said.