What is Yale doing?
Yale is committed to ensuring that expansion and renovation lead to work spaces which minimize negative impact on the environment and on human health. These goals can be achieved by:
- Efficient resource use (e.g. energy or water)
- Minimizing material waste and emissions
- Protecting the health and well-being of building occupants
Under Yale’s Sustainability Strategic Plan 2013-2016, all of Yale’s new buildings and comprehensive renovations are required to achieve the US Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Certification, or better. Yale has also set up its own sustainable design requirements in addition to adopting LEED standards, helping to further encourage Yale-specific opportunities for innovation in sustainability.
Yale has also incorporated several landscaping initiatives into its construction to help preserve local environments. The green roof at 32-36 Edgewood Ave., the green terrace at Yale Health, and Yale’s Urban Meadows all contribute to Yale’s Stormwater Management Plan by trapping and slowly releasing rainwater, reducing erosion. Cross Campus is also a green roof – in addition to providing a green space for people to congregate, it helps reduce the energy footprint of Bass Library.
Yale has 23 LEED-certified projects on campus, totaling over 1 million square feet. In July, Kline Chemistry Laboratory received LEED Gold Certification, and has been praised for its highly innovative ventilation control systems.
To learn more about these buildings, visit our website or take a self-guided walking tour!