In addition to coalition-wide endeavors, YSEC functions as an umbrella for all the 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 for details on joining the coalition.
- Fossil Free Yale
- Project Bright
- Conservation Yale
- Yale Bee Space
- Food Action
Fossil Free Yale
Fossil Free Yale is 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 special 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, research installation and make building assessments, host workshops training students to install solar paneling, and promote dialogue within Yale on investing in solar power.
The goal of Conservation Yale is to provide students with the opportunity to get outside, get their hands dirty and contribute to the protection of New Haven’s natural spaces. We accomplish this by organizing group clean-up expeditions to local parks and beaches, by improving existing conservation-themed signage in those areas, and by giving Yale students a voice in New Haven land management policy decisions.
Yale Bee Space
Yale Bee Space is an undergraduate organization dedicated to educating Yale students about beekeeping. Our group discusses everything ranging from basic beekeeping techniques to hive science to technology development for beekeepers. Through hands on workshops we learn how to take care of beehives and extract honey as well as research different elements of a bee colony in the hopes of better understanding the science behind bees, to innovate on existing beekeeping techniques, and to explore anything and everything bee related.
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.