Green Team Certification
Green Team Certification is a project in which we work with a representative from each varsity team to meet sustainability goals. It is designed to educate and encourage Yale athletes to be sustainability leaders on campus and to adopt environmentally-responsible practices for their teams. Once a team has reached a minimum threshold to meet the ‘Green Team Certification’ they are then entered into an annual competition across the different athletic teams to see which team can satisfy the most sustainability goals. The certification process is a checklist of various sustainability efforts that teams can integrate into their programs each season. The program is free and voluntary.
Green Team certification’s primary objective is to decrease waste and to reduce the overall environmental footprint produced internally by varsity athletics, however, it is also an important way for undergraduate athletes to learn about and engage with the ongoing sustainability projects at Yale.
As of December 2016, there are 14 teams participating in Green Team Certification, with three teams already certified.
During the 2015 to 2016 academic year, 13 teams achieved certification and competed to win the Green Team Certification competition.
Winter Clothing Drive
In the winter of 2016, Bulldog Sustainability partnered with Goodwill to collect used clothing and athletic gear. As always, Goodwill guarantees that all collected items are reused or re-purposed. Collection bins were at the following locations:
- 344 Winchester Avenue
- 157 Church Street
- 221 Whitney Avenue
- 1 Church Street
- 420 Temple Street
- 40 Temple Street
Thanks to everyone who donated. We were able to collect 960 pounds of items!
Zero Waste Game Day
For the 2016-2017 academic year, Bulldog Sustainability’s Zero Waste Game Day initiative focuses on reducing tailgating trash from Yale College undergraduates. To make recycling easier, the initiative works to implement fun, game-based measures at the tailgates. A few of these changes include adding basketball backboards to dumpsters and creating a mobile recycling container to encourage students to utilize the proper bins. These modifications will have a measurable impact on trash produced by undergraduates, and Zero Waste Game Day will use social media platforms to raise awareness about their positive impact.
Bike to the Bowl (BTB)
As an effort to reduce travel-related carbon emissions and promote health and well-being, Bulldog Sustainability led bike rides to all of Yale’s home football games. Bulldog Sustainability previously partnered with Devil’s Gear, a local bike shop, to promote Bike to the Bowl (BTB).
Paper Towel Composting
Launched in spring 2014, this program enabled the composting of paper towels used to clean exercise equipment in the Israel Fitness Center of Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The program was a sport-specific application of waste management. As of fall 2014, the paper towel composting program was successfully transferred to Yale Facilities.
Spring Shoe Drive
This program was launched to fill the need for shoes with those no longer useful for athletes. We developed outreach materials and formed a partnership with Easter Seals Goodwill to collect shoes in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. All bins were filled to maximum capacity over the course of the drive, and Goodwill guaranteed that all parts were reused or repurposed.
Sharp Shooter Recycling Challenge
Bulldog Sustainability supported Yale Hockey and sustainability by introducing the Sharp Shooter Recycling Challenges at its home games. The game tested hockey shooting skill and recycling knowledge in a fast-paced shoot-out of common waste items into the correct goal.
Yale Bowl Waste Assessment
Bulldog Sustainability sent teams to three football games at Yale Bowl to assess recycling statistics at the facilities. With these data, we evaluated the waste infrastructure and created a better understanding of fan behavior. We wrote a summary report of the results, and continue to look for strategies to improve waste disposal at the Bowl.