Yale Divinity School continues its sustainability efforts from a position of strength. Student initiatives and administrative leadership have enabled progress to occur since the time of the Sterling Divinity Quadrangle Strategic Plan (2010). In the 2013-14 school year, the Divinity School created the 2013-2016 YDS Sustainability Action Plan to correspond with Yale University’s Sustainability Strategic Plan 2.0.
The YDS Sustainability Team—a committee of students, faculty, and staff—created this plan in Fall 2013, and the YDS faculty and student council endorsed the plan in Spring 2014. The Team meets twice a semester to ensure collaboration, accountability, review, and continuity of sustainability projects. Co-led by students and staff, working groups will implement the Action Plan and ongoing work to achieve sustainability goals.
The following features of Yale Divinity School call us to sustainable action and intersect with theology, religion, and ministry:
Our Tradition—Leadership for Church and World
The Church and world need theological institutions to respond to our ecological, economic, and social challenges by articulating a vision that speaks to Christian values, other world religions, and modern science. By drawing on partnerships with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, The Forum on Religion and Ecology, the Institute of Sacred Music, Berkeley Divinity School, Yale’s Office of Sustainability and other Yale and New Haven neighbors, YDS aims to be at the forefront of theological institutions enacting sustainable practices that promote social and ecological flourishing now and in the future.
Our Opportunity—Feeding and Nourishing Our Communities
New Haven and Yale Divinity School offer possibilities for building and sustaining community through intellectual opportunities, worship, and justice ministries. Building these relationships will prepare YDS students to engage in their communities once they graduate.
The Divinity School’s history with the Divinity Farm, community dinners, and the Nourish New Haven food justice and sustainability conference makes food an established thread of life at YDS. Food not only connects to sustainability but also offers a common touchstone for Christian and other religious/non-religious communities to find common ground. Food intimately entwines diverse calls for social and ecological justice.
Our Vision—Transformation and Sustainability
Yale Divinity School seeks to transform people through the love and knowledge of God. Along with that transformation, we aspire to live sustainable, practical lives that connect our passions to the world’s needs. Living intentionally in a community that values sustainability will prepare students for healthy, balanced, and grounded lives for growing and contributing in the wider world.