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Yale University Library Green Team

October 2008 Archives

October 1, 2008

Green parties

As part of Yale’s commitment to creating a sustainable campus, the University has developed new Sustainable Event Guidelines which aim to reduce the environmental impact of events held on campus. The new program, developed jointly by the Office of Sustainability, Yale Recycling, the Yale Sustainable Food Project, and Yale Catering, provides event planners and organizers with a set of practical steps that can be taken to “green” an event. While the guidelines are not a comprehensive list of every possible action that can be taken, they make available a set of minimum standards which address the environmental impact of an event in areas such as energy, transportation, waste, materials use, and food. The Yale Sustainable Food Project has issued a guide to hosting sustainable events.
utensils.jpg The Library is committed to hosting sustainable events and the Library Staff Association (LiSA) has agreed to have the Library Green Team to 'co-sponsor' staff social events. Green Team members provide guidance to event planners on how to meet the University's Sustainable Event Guidelines and help to staff LiSA events.

Junk mail genies

During the past several years, Yale Mail Services has been working with departments throughout the University to reduce the amount of unsolicited mail, or junk mail, it receives.

The program's website lists the following statistics:

To date we have updated almost 1,100 mailing lists for companies around the country. Below is a sample of pounds of mail we do not have to handle / sort deliver / pick up or dispose of. Some companies send out mailings monthly. We estimate the reduction in pounds of each mailing are:
Sigma / Aldrich - Savings of 1,080 lbs. each mailing !
L.L. Bean - Savings of 2,487 lbs. each mailing !
Land's End - Savings of 1,252 lbs. each mailing !
InMac Computers - Savings of 285 lbs. each mailing !
Global Computers - Savings of 638 lbs. each mailing !
The Library's central Shipping and Receiving department facility in Sterling Memorial Library has a receptacle for disposing of junk mail.

October 9, 2008

Free breakfast! This Friday, October 10


Bike to Work Friday, Oct. 10!
7:30-9:30 a.m.

Join us outside New Haven City Hall, Church Street across from the Green or inside City Hall if it’s cold!

Free breakfast, brought to you by Koffee on Orange and members of Elm City Cycling

Pick up free helpful information and bike accessories.
Chat with fellow cyclists about best commuting routes.
Learn about efforts to make New Haven more bike-friendly.

More info: bikenewhaven@gmail.com or visit www.elmcitycycling.org

October 31, 2008

Mmm ...


Melina Shannon-DiPietro, Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project; Hannah Eisler Burnett , Yale Sustainable Food Project Program Coordinator; and Bob Sullivan, Interim Director of Retail Operations & Catering for Yale Dining Services; spoke at the Library Green Team's October meeting. Melina and Hannah discussed the Project's mission, history and work, as well as the Yale Farm, the Harvest pre-orientation program, and other programs. Bob contributed information about Yale catering and retail, including the Thain Family Cafe in the Bass Library.

Yale's Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Earlier this month, Yale released its 2008 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy executive summary. The University’s role as a leader in campus sustainability includes openly sharing the University’s progress toward achieving its greenhouse gas commitment to reduce emissions 43% below 2005 levels by 2020.


This summary illustrates Yale’s progress to date and outlines the University’s strategy for reaching its ambitious target. For further information regarding Yale’s campus sustainability efforts or to view Yale’s 2006 and 2007 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy executive summaries go to the Office of Sustainability's homepage.