IN PHOTOS: What are Yalies doing to live sustainably? Introduction by Katie Schlick. Photos by Jamie Chan, Marc Boudreaux, Anna Zhang, Tilden Chao, Travis Tran, Katie Schlick and Nick Famil.

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.

Contributing Photographer Jamie Chan '23.

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

Contributing Photographer Marc Boudreaux '22.

In my house, we wash and reuse plastic bags. We drape them over cylindrical containers on the windowsill to dry. - Marc Boudreaux '22

Contributing Photographer Anna Zhang '23.

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

Contributing Photographer Tilden Chao. '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

Contributing Photographer Travis Tran '22

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

Contributing Photographer Katie Schlick '22.

I have always hated using makeup wipes — feels so wasteful and expensive! So I took a friend’s advice and bought some micellar water at a local pharmacy. I use it every night with a towel or washcloth. A cheap, cleansing, hydrating and sustainable alternative! Over the years, I’ve gathered a pretty large collection of reusable utensils. This is one of my favorite sets, made of bamboo, to stick in my lunch bag for work or in my backpack in case I stop at a coffee shop or get takeout. A super simple small change people can make every day just by planning ahead — “BYO,” bring your own! - Katie Schlick '22

Contributing Photographer Nick Famularo '22.

Voting in every election, no matter how small, is a key part of living sustainably. We can't rely on individual lifestyle changes to solve society's environmental challenges — we also need to elect leaders who will use their power to bring about systemic reform. - Nick Famularo '22


Cover photo by Marc Boudreaux