GLOBAL COALITION IS GOING TO RIO

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GAINING HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT? 
 
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND THE UN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN RIO THIS JUNE? 
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A NETWORK OF INNOVATIVE STUDENTS & PRACTITIONERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD?
The Yale Office of Sustainability IS PARTNERING WITH  Fundação Getulio Varga AND UMASS Boston TO BRING TOGETHER student TEAMS DEVELOPING sustainability initiatives. 
On June 19 SELECTED STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN A  collaboration & idea-sharing WORKSHOP IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.
SEE THIS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS ON SUBMITTING A PROPOSALhttp://sustainability.yale.edu/news/rio2012
 
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON APRIL 16.

March 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

Sustain Yourself, Eat Sustainably!

The Yale Office of Sustainability has monthly campaigns relating to different focus areas and October is Sustainable Food Month! Food is such an integral part of our lives, not only as a necessity for survival, but as a routine that reflects our varied lifestyles, cultures, religions and incomes. It is something we all have personal experiences with.

You could say we are all experts on our own food consumption. It’s really empowering to realize that many of us also have the power to reduce waste and CO2 emissions by changing our consumption.  Today I can make a choice to go vegetarian- once a week, twice a week or every day and this will have a direct, positive impact on the environment.

Sometimes we associate dietary changes with depriving ourselves of our favourite foods or eating bland or unsavoury meals, but there are so many creative ways to eat more sustainably: substitute meat for non-meat protein, incorporate more fruits and vegetable into your diet and more – all choices which can be delicious and healthy for you and the earth.  Our health, environmental sustainability and food awareness/curiosity align—definitely a sign to evaluate our diets and find ways to be better to ourselves and to the environment.

I challenge you to go on a sustainable food journey and to take your friends and/or family along for the ride! For university students that want to address this issue on their campuses, check out two food-related sustainability initiatives being implemented by members of the Global Climate Action Coalition:

  Eaternity Program at ETH Zurich University

Eaternity = a concept promoting the consumption of CO2-optimized meals, with the overall goal of reducing CO2 emissions related to food consumption on campus

Yale Sustainable Food Project

November 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

Introducing the Global Climate Action Coalition Coordinator for 2011-2012 : Amal Ga’al

Hello everyone! My name is Amal Ga’al and I’m the new Global Action Climate Coordinator for the Yale Office of Sustainability. I am a second year student and a prospective Global Affairs or Ethics, Politics and Economics major. I’m excited to be working on this initiative, because I strongly believe in the power of young people to bring about positive change and I hope that this forum will encourage and inspire us to take action on issues of environmental sustainability. Members of the coalition identify sustainability issues at their university and find innovative solutions. It is amazing how much students have accomplished: solar panel installations, energy-saving competitions, zero-waste events and other green initiatives!

This website has been on hiatus for some time, but it is back now! It will continue to serve as a space for coalition members to share experiences and best practices from their sustainability initiatives.  I will also be uploading online resources and learning opportunities that you may find helpful in implementing your projects and that are generally interesting.

Here’s to an active coalition and a meaningful learning experience!

I leave you with a quote from the late Wangari Maathai, Kenyan activist and Nobel laureate:

“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees. We need to promote development that does not destroy our environment.”

November 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm 2 comments

Project Update: Happenings in Copenhagen

from University of Copenhagen | Copenhagen, Denmark


Since the Project Highlights has been written, a lot has happened at the University of Copenhagen. At the beginning of 2010 we were focused on gathering information about the energy action plans and the electrical consumption at the university.

Later on we targeted the students starting at the university in 2010 by putting out small clues of our effort; a statement on the sleeve of the tutors t-shirts, an advertisement in the study handbook, a short lecture about the students contribution to the energy consumption, and handing out magnetic bookmarks; all with Green Action graphics and statements.

In regards to the employees, we have made ‘evening rounds’ at different departments at the Faculty of Science, where we have noted equipment which was left turned on after work hours. Afterward we tried to establish a dialogue with the employees about the wasteful energy consumption. In April we visited the Department of Chemistry, and the dialogue was established as a review at a department meeting. The yearly wasteful consumption was estimated to be about €7400. In October we visited the Niels Bohr Institute, where the yearly wasteful consumption was estimated to be about €4700; here, the dialogue was established as a report to the head of the institute. The evening rounds continue in 2011, hopefully in cooperation with the Science Faculty’s newly employed full-time energy-controller, Jürgen. We will focus on the behaviour, while Jürgen will focus on the structural solutions.

In December we participated in the planning and execution of Green Campus’ 4-week Green Action campaign all over the University of Copenhagen. Green student teams worked their way through the university, talking to the people they met, trying to make them aware of the possibility of more energy-efficient behaviour. They also promoted a big internet based competition, where the prices were bikes and climate-friendly dinners at Sticks’n’Sushi. A smaller competition took place in the canteens, where the price was a free lunch.

February 2, 2011 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Cool Boston University Initiative

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

Boston University in Massachusetts recently released a powerful visual demo on their website recently. Those interested should check it out! And as we look toward 2011 with the Coalition, I hope our team members will realize that they’re fighting a great cause when they work on Sustainability issues on their respective campuses around the world, wherever they may be!

January 31, 2011 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Moved to a New Space

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

The Global Climate Action Coalition moved to a new website! We’ve started migrating all the information from our old site:

to this current new site! We’re hoping this will be a better space for all current and future teams to share their projects and updates as well as get comments and feedback from those interested in their work! And we’d like to thank Google for hosting us all that time.

January 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Cop16 & Coalition

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

Throughout November when Cop16 was approaching, we tried hard to find funding and support to host an event, looking at it as an opportunity to expand the Coalition, invite student groups active in finding sustainability solutions on their campuses in Latin America to join us. Unfortunately, we flopped.

This may have something to do with the fact that as Cop16 approached, its ability to be effect waned. A really telling post on Cop16 comes from a foreign policy professor here at Yale. His perspective is interesting, to say the least. So check it out when you get a chance, Walter Russell Mead’s post on “Bureaucrats Swindle Greens in Cancun” .

But we look forward to a meeting in March at Yale, coinciding with the International Alliance of Research Universities Conference. Let’s hope that works out!

December 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

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