In addition to coalition-wide endeavors, YSEC functions as an umbrella for all the focus student environmental groups in Yale College. These cover a wide range of issues, as shown below. These change over time and reflect the changing areas of local and global concern. If you have an idea for a new environmental initiative at Yale, or feel that you have a group deserving funding, please contact us.
- Environmental Advocates
- Environmental Education
- Food Action
- Fossil Free Yale
- Project Bright
Environmental Advocates (EnviroAdvocates)
Environmental Advocates is the undergraduate initiative for political advocacy on the local, regional, and national level. Currently, its focus is supporting green energy candidates in upcoming elections and shutting down the coal power plant of Bridgeport, the last of its kind in Connecticut. Past projects have included petitions and protests dealing with the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as researching and advocating for more sustainable travel in New Haven, state energy policy, and allocation of state and federal money for bold sustainability projects.
To get involved, contact Kathryn Culhane.
Environmental Education is an enjoyable way for Yale students to help make tomorrow a greener, more environmentally conscious world. Through Environmental Education, Yale students teach students at local elementary schools about today’s environmental issues while incorporating broader scientific principles. Once every two weeks, student pairs go into fourth-grade classrooms to present an hour-long lesson plan. Topics covered include water and air pollution, waste, global warming, etc. Generally, lessons will cover the basics of one such topic and end with a fun project for the kids. Additionally, we hope to go on a field trip with the elementary school students this year to explore an environmental issue in a more hands-on way.
Anyone interested in participating as a teacher should contact Joshua El-Bey.
Food Action seeks to move the Yale and New Haven community to advocate for better food. We believe that good food–that is, accessible, healthy, sustainably and responsibly produced food–is a vital component of healthy communities. We recognize the vast number of socioeconomic, political, and ethical issues that stem from poor food, and we believe that all food issues are important and interwoven. Food Action seeks out partnerships with other Yale (undergraduate or otherwise) and New Haven organizations to create meaningful projects that provide people with better food, educate communities about food issues, and call for food policy change.
Fossil Free Yale
YSEC proudly supports Fossil Free Yale, the campaign for Yale’s divestment from the fossil fuel industry, part of a historical larger nationwide movement to divest. Divestment emerged last year to revitalize the climate justice movement, and it represents one of the biggest issues on the Yale campus today. Visit our website to sign the petition and to obtain more information about Fossil Free Yale and its collaboration with the Yale administration.
Project Bright aims to increase the amount of solar energy generated at Yale. We advocate the use of solar panels on Yale’s campus, host workshops training students to install solar paneling, and promote dialogue within Yale on investing in solar power.
The Yale Undergraduate 3D Printing Organization (Y3PO) is an engineering club dedicated to educating Yale students about 3D printing through 3D modeling and hands-on projects. We are currently working on several projects, including an open-source RepRap 3D printer, a 3D printed quadcopter, and the YSEC-funded 3D printer filament extruder that will be able to convert scrap plastic into usable 3D printer filament. Our plan is to collect scrap plastic from the CEID and milk jugs from the dining hall and turning them into filament to be printed into useful and artistic objects, as well as parts that will be incorporated into our other club projects.
To get involved, contact Andrew Crouch.