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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

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: M&E

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator
The Coalition was founded with the mission to highlight Best Practices from and for university student groups around the world. As a result, our efforts with Monitoring and Evaluations (M&E) have started! We released our first two annual surveys to try and tease out these Best Practices. One is focused on the Coalition and the teams’ experiences with being a part of a Global Coalition. The data attained and analyzed from this survey will be used to improve the Coalition for the next year as we expand.

The other survey is stylized specifically for each team, asking them about their deliverables, their results, and trying to figure out what would have made the projects more successful–whether it was more team members, more administrative support from the university, or more funding!

The teams are currently filling out the surveys and we will be releasing that sometimes early in 2011! Be on the look out!

December 2, 2010 at 8:35 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

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