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“Building a Bright Green Future that Works”

“Building a Bright Green Future that Works”

Sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Yale Office of Sustainability

On Friday May 8, Alex Steffen, the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Worldchanging, will present a talk entitled “Building a Bright Green Future that Works” from 1:30-3:00 pm at Burke Auditorium in Kroon Hall (195 Prospect Street).

Below is more information as it appears on the event’s poster:

Imagine a prosperous zero-carbon, zero-waste, non-toxic, pleasantly urban and yet leafy green community. That’s where you’ll be living in 20 years, if we do our work right. Steffen talks about Worldchanging’s forthcoming breakthrough book, Bright Green, and shows how the tools to transform our cities and suburbs into sustainably prosperous communities are already emerging, and why that transformation will leave us all better off.

Join Alex as he takes us on a tour of the sort of bold answers and innovative solutations that are redefining what’s possible in America… and what’s hopeful for the billions of people struggling for prosperity in the developing world.


OOS Newsletter

Check out the Office of Sustainability’s latest newsletter at

Sustainability Summit next week!

The 2009 Sustainability Summit is next week, March 30 – April 3.  Here are just a few highlights of the many events next week open to the public.  For more information on these and other events, visit

11:00 – 12:00 AM – Laboratory Construction and Renovation: Sterling Hall of Medicine Tour
3:00 – 9:00 PM – Sustainability Summit T-Shirt Printing
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – How Does Your Garden Grow? – Brown bag lunch and workshop on home gardening
2:00-3:00 PM – Energy: A Tour Behind the Scenes at the School of Medicine – Tour of the Sterling Power Plant
5:00-7:00 PM – India Climate Solution Road Tour Discussion
11:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Better Buying Bazaar
5:30 PM – The Greening of Consumerism: Understanding America  – A panel discussion moderated by Julie Newman.
2:00-3:00 PM – Modern British Art and the Environment – An art exhibit
4:00-6:00 PM – The Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy – A lecture with Dr. Peter Brown
5:30-8:00 PM – Film Screening of Rivers and Tides
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Yale Recycling Expo
4:30 – 7:00 PM – Bike New Haven, Eat at the Farm

New Resource Posted


A quick guide to sustainability at Yale has been posted under the “Resources” section of the Yale Sustainability Leaders Website (  This guide provides you with contact information to answer your questions about food and events, recycling, green purchasing, energy conservation, and transportation options.

“Yale saves green by going green”

Check out “Yale saves green by going green,” today’s article in the Yale Daily News about the Office of Sustainability’s plans for new money-saving initiatives.  The article  features the Sustainability Leaders Program!

“Vision: Sustainability”


The Office of Sustainability released the latest version of its newsletter “Vision:  Sustainability” yesterday.  Access the newsletter at

REMINDER: Summit Planning Workshops

It’s not too late to RSVP to the 2009 Sustainability Summit planning workshops.  The workshops will be held tomorrow from 1:30-2:00 and on Friday from 1:30-2:00 in the conference room at the Office of Sustainability at 70 Whitney Avenue (NOT our usual York St. meeting location).  The workshops will cover planning a successful departmental event, ideas for types of events, and energizing coworkers about the summit.  These materials will also be posted on the blog after the workshops, but this is a great way to hear about ideas from other Sustainability Leaders and ask any questions you may have.  If you are interested in attending but have not responded yet, email Meg Holden at