Leave your car at home!

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Want to take the train or carpool to work, but worried about not being able to run errands during your lunch break?  Here are four ways to get around campus:

1) Walk or bike! Getting around campus on foot or bike is easier and faster than one might think.  It only takes about fifteen minutes to walk one mile outside of central campus to bike three miles outside of central campus.

2) Ride the Yale shuttle. To get to locations around campus, East Rock, or the train station, use the Yale shuttle.  For information about daytime routes, visit http://www.yale.edu/transportationoptions/shuttle/dayshuttle.html.

3) Use a departmental bike.   Several departments offer bikes, helmets, and U-locks for errands.  If your department is interested in participating in this program, contact Erin Sturgis-Pascale at 432-3266.

4) Rent a Zipcar. Use a Zipcar for only $8.50/ hour (which includes gas and insurance).  There are 14 Zipcars located at 7 different locations around the Yale campus.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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DID YOU KNOW? If every American ate one local and organic meal per week, the nation would consume 1.1 million fewer barrels of oil each week (http://www.yale.edu/sustainablefood/3l.pdf.pdf).

Work towards this goal by growing your own herbs and vegetables!  The Yale Sustainable Food Project has developed a guide to growing food in small spaces.  Access this guide at: http://www.yale.edu/sustainablefood/Onlinegardeningguide-final.pdf

Bike to work, get free breakfast!

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Bike to work tomorrow (Friday, April 17) and get free breakfast!

From 7:30-9:30 a.m., join Elm City Cycling and Bru Café outside of New Haven City Hall on Church Street (across from the Green) for breakfast, information, and bike accessories. For more information, email bicyclenewhaven@gmail.com.

Environmental Film Festival Schedule, Fri-Sun

The Environmental Film Festival will feature the following films Friday – Sunday. For further information about the films and viewing locations, visit http://environment.yale.edu/film/Films.html.

FRIDAY

10:00 am: Shorts Program I: Urbanization and Land Use

12:30 pm: Fuel

4:00 pm: Crude

7:30 pm: Trouble the Water

SATURDAY

10:00 am: Milking the Rhino

1:00 pm: Earth Days

4:30 pm: The Garden

7:30 pm: Sharkwater

10:00 pm: Shorts Program II: Effy After Dark

SUNDAY

10:00 am: I Am Because We Are

1:00 pm: Earth

3:30 pm: Ice Bears of the Beaufort

3:30 pm: The Queen of Trees

6:30 pm: Saving Luna

Environmental Film Festival Starts Tomorrow!

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Kicking off the Environmental Film Festival tomorrow (April 16th) is a screening of Food, Inc. at 7 pm at Criterion Cinema (86 Temple St.).

Below is a description of the film from the Environmental Film Festival’s website (http://environment.yale.edu/film/Films.html)

Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.  Featuring Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”), Michael Pollan (“The Omnivore’s Dilemma”) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, FOOD, INC. reveals surprising — and often shocking truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Green Tip of the Week: Composting


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If you have a backyard, consider building a compost heap for your food waste.

To build a compost pile…

1) Put leaves and grass trimmings in a bin or pile.

2) Dampen the pile with a little bit of water.

3) Turn the pile once per month.

4) Add food waste (vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds, etc.) daily and bury them in the pile.  Continue to add water so the pile stays damp.

5) In 12 months, the bottom of the pile will turn into rich compost.

OOS Newsletter

Check out the Office of Sustainability’s latest newsletter at http://www.yale.edu/sustainability/newsletter-april2009.pdf