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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: 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

Coordinator Update: Skype with MIT

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

Speaking with Katherine from MIT the other day gave me great insight into understanding what it’s going to take to make this Coalition more successful!

While she’s been working away on the MIT/Yale project, studying almost 200 different sustainability projects across universities–she’s also got some wise words about the Coalition.

  • Coalition teams had varying degrees of involvement–for future development, how can we incentivize the teams to contribute equally to the idea-sharing and the implementation of the project?
  • The involvement of the administration at the University is crucial–Katherine says it’s one of the reasons why the MIT/Yale project succeeded.
  • There was a lot of confusion about what it meant to be a part of the Coalition–looking forward to the second year of the Coalition, we should look into making it clear what joining the Coalition involves!

Will definitely follow up on these suggestions. Thanks, Katherine!

October 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Meeting with Yale STEP

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

Last night, at a coffee shop underground at the Yale University Bass Library, I met a few leaders of Yale’s Student Taskforce for Environmental Partnership (STEP). The point person that I’ll be communicating with about future Coalition plans is, Jimmy Murphy.

We’ve gotten word from STEP that they’ll definitely support any Coalition endeavors or campaigns in the future. And if anyone wants to know what it’s like working on Sustainability at Yale from a student standpoint–STEP leaders definitely have experiences to share!

We look forward to more correspondence from them!

October 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Skype Meeting with Tongji Team

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator


I had the opportunity to meet a few of the members from the Tongji team this morning (but last night for them). The key take-away from the meeting in regards to the coalition is that for Tongji, they are in it for the communication. They hope the Coalition will be able to foster a sharing of useful ideas and exciting projects.

They were definitely excited to share some of the initiatives going on in Shanghai at Tongji University! They’re trying to tackle waste by training students on how to conserve water, e-waste and paper. In the coming months, they’ll be providing more details and visual updates for you.

Another exciting thing is that for the past year, our team at Tongji hasn’t been able to access the old website–but on this new wordpress portal–they finally have access! So you’ll be seeing more posts from them.

October 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

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