Assembly LXVII: November 15-17, 2007

Yale in a Green World:
Meeting the Challenge of Sustainability

Past attendees will recall that each Assembly is developed around a particular theme or broad subject area. At Assembly LXVII, we will examine a topic of crucial importance not only to the extended Yale community, but to the world at large. Yale has been deeply committed in a wide range of disciplines to the study and implementation of sustainability, the search for alternate and economically feasible sources of energy, the protection of the environment, and the resolution of the many difficult problems and contradictions that have resulted from such endeavors.






Thursday, November 15

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street

Assembly participants will check in and receive their packet of materials for the Assembly program. The packet will include the final program for the weekend, as well as name badges and other materials.

Assembly Welcome
9:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Assembly Chair Stephen Scher '56, '66 PhD will welcome delegates and guests to the Assembly and share his thoughts on the topic of sustainability.

Introduction to the Assembly Yale in a Green World: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainability
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The commitment to sustainability at Yale is unparalleled in academia, with Yale providing leadership in both its operation as a "green" campus and in thinking and research about sustainability for the world. The panel will be led by James Gustave Speth, Jr. '64, '69 LLB, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy, and a world renowned leader in the discussions on sustainability. He will be joined by Julie Newman, the first Director of the Yale Office of Sustainability who will talk about the ways in which Yale is working towards a more sustainable campus on a practical level.

Student Panel
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Many students are passionate about issues surrounding sustainability and the number of student groups active in this area continues to grow. In this session we will hear about the ways in which some of these groups impact life at Yale and beyond. We will hear from Katherine Gasner '09, co-chair of the Student Taskforce for Environmental Partnership (STEP); Sara Elizabeth Smiley Smith '07 MPH, '07 MESC, '13 FOR, a graduate student leader in many aspects of sustainability efforts on campus; Liza Goldman Huertas '09 MED of the recently founded Yale School of Medicine Environmental Health Group, and Sean Pool '09, who spent 8 weeks this summer in Canberra, Australia as a Sustainability Research Exchange at Australia National University. The panel will be moderated by Julie Newman, Director of the Office of Sustainability.

Lunch in the Residential Colleges and New Delegate Orientation
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Most Assembly participants will have lunch in assigned residential colleges where they will have the opportunity to see how the Sustainable Food Project is impacting food choices in residential college dining halls. In addition, the New Delegate Luncheon will take place in the Presidents' Room and will provide an overview of the Assembly and the delegate role for new delegates. New delegates will have a ticket for this luncheon in their registration packet.

Topical Breakout Sessions and Tours
1:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Assembly participants will have the opportunity to learn more about some of the ways that Yale is responding to the challenge of sustainability here on campus. Registrants will choose from among the following six simultaneous sessions; please be sure to note your first and second choice selection on the registration form. Each session will begin with a forty-five minute presentation, followed by field trips and tours to get an up-close view of sustainability efforts at Yale.

Renewable Energy Powering Yale
In October 2005, President Levin announced Yale's goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 10% below 1990 levels by the year 2020. How is Yale progressing in meeting this goal? Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations John Bollier and leaders from his department will discuss Yale's progress to date and what is planned to meet this challenging goal. Following this discussion, join a campus tour to see current (and future!) installations of alternative energy technology --solar cells, fuel cells, ground-source heat pumps, and micro-wind turbines.

Green Design and Construction at Yale
David Spalding, Program Manager for Construction and Renovation in the Facilities Department and chair of Yale's new Sustainable Building Design and Construction Committee, will talk about what those in Facilities Construction and Renovation are doing in support of sustainable design and construction, how they use the LEED rating system, the link between LEED and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and how Yale is addressing this in our construction programs. The group will divide for tours to see how the new design standards have been realized in recent construction. One group will visit the Daniel L. Malone Engineering Center for a tour led by Paul Stoller '98 MArch, a director of Atelier Ten, the environmental design consultant on the project. The other group will visit the just-opened building at 32-36 Edgewood Avenue with Stephen Kieran '73, Partner in Kieran Timberlake Associates and architect of this building which currently houses the School of Architecture but will ultimately serve as the permanent home of the sculpture program for the School of Art.

Moving Yale: Meeting the University's Transportation Challenges
Yale's Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems Holly Parker will discuss the progress and challenges in the area of transportation at Yale. This session will include a demonstration of the new Yale shuttle GPS locator which shows vehicle locations in real time, as well as a discussion of strategies to reduce the reliance on cars at Yale. These strategies include the "Zipcar" car sharing service; car pooling efforts; the introduction of bio diesel fuel for the Yale Shuttle buses, and more. Following the presentation, attendees will take a short ride on a sustainable transportation vehicle and end with a demonstration of some of alternative vehicles currently in use at Yale. Vehicle operators will talk about their transition to alternative transportation and how it is working for them. Vehicles available may include the hybrid truck used by Grounds Maintenance; the Global Electric Motor (GEM) car used by Yale Recycling; the Segway used by the Yale Police; and the Yale-provided bike used by the Manager of Parking and Transit.

Yale and Sustainability in New Haven
T. Reginald Solomon '98, Program Director in the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, and Colleen Murphy-Dunning, Director of the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), will share their thoughts on the partnership among URI, the City, and Yale in fostering community-based land stewardship, developing and supporting sustainable urban ecosystem management, and promoting environmental education while providing Yale students with clinical learning opportunities. Participants will board buses for a tour of reclaimed open spaces in the City that have been created by volunteers in partnership with URI and Yale students who have worked in the program as interns.

Moving Blue to Green: Creating Sustainable Lifestyles in Yale College
Recycling Coordinator CJ May and Education and Outreach Manager for the Office of Sustainability Robert Ferretti will consider the challenge of changing student behaviors to support a more sustainable lifestyle in Yale College. In this session, attendees will learn about both University-driven and student-to-student outreach around areas of sustainable living at Yale. Yale students live very busy lives, with many activities, programs, and ideas, as well as academics, competing for their attention. How do we get students to think about living a more sustainable lifestyle? Get your own copy of "Off to a Sustainable Start," a brochure created for students, see the Yale student-produced video "Sustainability Rap" on YouTube, and more. This is a fitting topic to address on the day which also happens to be America Recycles Day! The participants will break into smaller groups and head out to residential colleges to meet students active in sustainability and to see some of the ways the colleges are encouraging sustainable living at Yale.

The Way We Eat: The Yale Sustainable Food Project and the Yale Farm
Joshua Viertel and Melina Shannon-DiPietro, Directors of the Yale Sustainable Food Project (YSFP), will speak about the ways in which the Project works to nourish a culture of sustainable, just, and delicious food at Yale. The Project was established with the understanding that many of the world's most important questions regarding health, culture, the environment, and the global economy are deeply connected to what we eat and how it is produced. Today, the Project oversees a sustainable dining program with seasonal menus in the college dining halls, manages a model college farm on Edwards Street, and supports academic and educational endeavors related to food and agriculture. After the presentation, participants will travel up to the farm on Edwards Street, where student farm managers will lead tours.

A Larger View: Research and Thinking on Sustainability
3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Beyond the practical efforts aimed at making Yale more "green" are the advances in research and thinking taking place at Yale that can help the world to be a greener place. Many faculty and students are creating new knowledge and information that contribute to the international dialogue on sustainability. In this session we will hear from some of these faculty members as they share their latest research and their thoughts on the challenge of sustainable living. Invited panelists are Paul Anastas; Professor in the Practice of Green Chemistry and Director of the Green Chemistry Institute; James Axley; Professor at the School of Architecture and consultant and adviser to the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the European International Energy Agency; Daniel Esty '86 JD, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and Director of the Center for Business & Environment at Yale; and Jerome Ringo, Dorothy McCluskey Fellow at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Chair of the National Wildlife Federation, the first-ever African-American to hold such a post with a major national conservation organization.

Yale Medal Dinner
Reception begins at 6:00 p.m.;
Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.

University Commons For more than 50 years, the Yale Medal has been conferred to honor outstanding individual service to the University. This year's recipients reflect the range of service and leadership the AYA strives to recognize with this award. We honor the remarkable contributions of the Medalists and recognize that they honor Yale and all of us in the alumni community by the ways in which they have chosen to give back to our community of scholars and friends. We hope all Assembly participants will join us for a gala celebration honoring this year's Medalists - Victor E. Chears '74, Samuel D. Kushlan '32S, '35 MD, John E. Pepper, Jr. '60, Jon E. Steffensen '68, and Vera F. Wells '71.


Friday, November 16

Board Interest Breakfast
7:45 a.m.

The AYA will host a special breakfast for those interested in learning more about service on the Board of Governors.  Service on the Board offers a wonderful opportunity to continue a delegate's volunteer engagement.  Because the AYA Board of Governors Nominating Committee gives particular consideration to delegates with some experience, the session will be especially helpful to delegates in the second or third year of their delegate term.

The AYA Strategic Plan
Ambassadors for Yale

In the summer of 2006, the AYA Board of Governors launched a strategic planning effort designed to guide the Association over the next five years to create more ambitious programs that would serve alumni more successfully and support them more effectively in service to Yale. In April of this year the Board of Governors approved and endorsed the strategic plan. Sessions offered throughout the day on Friday are specially designed to introduce you to the plan and its implementation strategy, and to afford you the opportunity to brainstorm about the proposed new major initiatives.

Overview and Introduction to Strategic Plan
with Mark Dollhopf '77, Executive Director of the AYA
9:00-10:00 a.m.

At its heart, the AYA is about serving and engaging alumni, and advancing the needs of Yale. As Yale becomes truly global in its reach, influence, and impact, the opportunities to engage with alumni and promote the interests of the university around the world are unprecedented.

The AYA's most important asset, and the focus of the new plan, is you, the volunteer. You are the leaders that Yale trained; you are change agents in a changing world. The AYA is evolving to better support you in your lifelong pursuit of knowledge and enlightenment to effect that change. At the same time, if you believe that Yale can make a difference in this world, the AYA is going to provide you with the opportunities to advance and promote the work of this great institution.

It starts with a vision, a vision of enabling the best of Yale to be the best for Yale. This session is an opportunity to engage in the discussion about these ideas and AYA's new strategic direction.

New Horizons: Bold Approaches for Serving Geographic Areas, Classes and Shared Interest Groups
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

The Strategic Plan calls for us to re-imagine how Yale graduates in a geographic area might relate to one another and to the University. Similarly, it calls for imagining more ambitiously the role of Shared Interest Groups of alumni/ae. At this session we would like to explore in some detail these dimensions of the Plan and our increasing conviction that "one size does not fit all." Assembly participants will use this session to break into smaller groups to consider their respective missions and opportunities - what do we hope to receive as a member of a given group and how do we make a difference for, and on behalf of Yale?

Breakout sessions will cover topics including:
-Regional outreach opportunities for major metropolitan areas
-Support and programming for clubs and associations
-International alumni outreach
-Opportunities for young alumni
-New initiatives for Shared Interest Groups

Assembly delegates are asked to consider the answers to several questions in advance of their arrival in New Haven. Click here for these questions (PDF).

Lunch in Commons
with Remarks by Provost Andrew Hamilton

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

At lunch, we will be joined by volunteers on campus for the Alumni Fund Convocation to hear from Yale's Provost, Andrew Hamilton.

Brainstorming Session: Possible New AYA Projects
1:30-2:15 p.m.

The new plan--as presented to you in the morning session--is broad reaching in its new and sustained support for classes, clubs, shared interest groups, and the graduate and professional schools. Beyond this support, in its research of other institutions and in its internal deliberations, the AYA board has identified a set of large-scale projects which might better serve alumni and also allow alumni to serve, each of which will require the considerable work of volunteers and staff alike to create. AYA Executive Director Mark Dollhopf '77 will introduce these ideas.

Breakout Sessions
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Assembly participants are invited to learn and brainstorm by selecting one of the breakout sessions to explore the possibility of new programs and services for alumni.

• An AYA Family Camp and Conference Center, similar to the Stanford Sierra Camp, the University of Michigan Michigania, and the UC Berkeley Lair of the Golden Bear. Each of these summer camps serve thousands of alumni families and young alumni in innovative weeklong and weekend programming.

• An AYA Alumni Village, near campus, affording alumni the opportunity to live in New Haven and participate more fully in Yale activities with specially designed alumni programs.

• A National (or Global) Yale Service Day--a one day, world-wide event, bringing together all Yale Clubs, classes, G&P associations and shared interest groups in service projects launched and managed in local communities.

• An AYA Global Alumni Leadership Exchange Program, similar to student and faculty exchanges, but of shorter duration, and in collaboration with alumni from other world-leading universities.

• New Alumni Services and Benefits. The Yale affinity credit card and Virtual Yale Station e-mail forwarding are probably the most widely known "benefits" currently available to Yale alumni. Find out what other benefits Yale offers alumni; learn what some other universities offer; share your opinions on the topic of possible new alumni services and benefits.

University Update
3:45-5:00 p.m.

Assembly attendees will again be joined by volunteers attending the Alumni Fund Convocation for a University Update from President Richard C. Levin '74 PhD.


Saturday, November 17

While no Assembly sessions are scheduled for Saturday, we are pleased to provide you with the opportunity to choose from among the following independent activities.

Please indicate your selection on your registration form so appropriate arrangements can be made.

Docent Tour: Yale Center for British Art - 10:00 a.m.
At the Yale Center for British Art, you will have a chance to immerse yourself in works of some of Britain's foremost artists. In addition to the museum's permanent collection, which is extraordinary in its own right, two spectacular exhibits will be on display - one on the British photographer Jem Southam, "Jem Southam: Upton Pyne," and the other, "Art & Emancipation in Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds."

Docent Tour: Yale University Art Gallery - 10:00 a.m.
Experience the spectacular renovation of the newly reopened Yale University Art Gallery. In addition to viewing the new presentations of the Gallery's remarkable collections, take a look at one of three special exhibits on display: "Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century," "Telling a Larger Story: Collecting Miniatures for a New Century," and "The Architect's Table: Swid Powell and Postmodern Design."

Yale-Harvard Football Game
Please note that alumni can take advantage of the free transportation to the Yale Bowl provided by Athletics. Shuttle buses leave from in front of the Payne Whitney gym beginning at 9:00 a.m. and shuttle continuously to and from the Yale Bowl. To return to campus, meet the looping shuttle on Yale Avenue by Gate B; bus service ends at approximately 5:00 p.m. To purchase tickets for the buffet lunch in Athletic's Bulldog Tent, call 203-436-1256.

AYA Alumni Village - 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
We invite you to join the AYA and your classmates and friends for a new pre-Game event at the Yale Bowl. This year the AYA and the Yale Bookstore will be c0-hosting hospitality tents, AYA Alumni Village, located within the Athletics Hospitality Village adjacent to the Yale Bowl. This free event for all alumni provides a place to gather and meet up with classmates before going to the game. Free refreshments and raffles for those who come early!

The Game - Kick-off 12 noon
Assembly participants are invited to attend the Yale-Harvard game at the Bowl. Mark your registration form if you wish to receive complimentary tickets (up to two) for admission to the game. You may also purchase additional tickets at the price of $13 each.