To be an environmentalist involves creativity, strategy and commitment to cause. It means setting the example for others by making small, sustainable choices so that we can realize the sustainable, equitable and just futures we want. From composting to voting, here are some simple ways environmentalists at Yale integrate this work into their everyday lives. Hopefully you can take note, and then take part.
I keep my hanky with me wherever I go! A multipurpose essential — for wiping your mouth, dabbing sweat, catching a sneeze, and, if it's still clean, it's a great way to hold zero-packaging baked goods/small snacks if you're without a proper container! Instead of buying a planner, I made my own from the many empty notebooks I have sitting at home. Albeit not the prettiest, it gets the job done.- Jamie Chan '23
In my house, we wash and reuse plastic bags. We drape them over cylindrical containers on the windowsill to dry. - Marc Boudreaux '22
Ecosia is an incredible search engine that uses 100 percent of its profits to plant trees globally! It's carbon negative and super easy to download using this link: ecosia.co/yale. Downloading their extension is an easy switch to make. They are carbon negative because not only do they have over 20+ reforestation projects, but the search engine also runs entirely on renewable energy. - Anna Zhang '23
Refrigeration equipment on campus, such as these refrigerant compressors on the roof of Silliman, emit potent greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons that contribute to global climate change. I try to spread awareness about HFCs and practice refrigerant sustainability in my daily life, such as by using a minifridge that uses climate-friendly refrigerants. - Tilden Chao '23
A couple of items I always keep in my "going out bag" — cotton produce bags, washable produce wrap and reusable utensils. When it's warm, I like to air-dry my laundry rather than using the drying machine. Even though air-drying takes more time, it's free — no coins needed — and doesn't consume any electricity! -Whenever I eat something in my room, I put food scraps — mostly banana peels — into a yogurt tub, and every couple of days I empty it out in the dining hall compost collection bin. Keep food scraps out of landfills! A couple of years ago, I bought metal food containers. I bring them to free food events and restaurants to pack up any leftovers. However, any reusable container works just as well! - Travis Tran '22