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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.54
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date Sept. 21, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Yale University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Amber Garrard
Education & Outreach Manager
Yale Office of Sustainability
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Yale College Council
The Yale College Council (YCC) was created to ensure that undergraduate students have a legitimate voice in Yale’s governance. YCC provides students with an opportunity to influence both their academic and social experience. YCC is comprised of a six member student-wide elected executive board who meets weekly with the Yale College Dean’s Office and the President’s Office, a twenty-four member elected council (with two representatives from each residential college), and non-elected associate and professional members.
http://www.ycc.yale.edu/about/structure-and-constitution/

Graduate & Professional School Senate
The mission of the graduate student senate is to foster interaction among students through community service, social gatherings, academic and professional events, as well as to enable official and unofficial student groups. The Senate also represents the graduate and professional student population on official university committees and oversees the management and maintenance of GPSCY and Gryphon's Pub.
http://gpss.yale.edu/


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
No

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:
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Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate is a 22 member elected Senate which represents faculty from all ranks and divisions within the Faculty of Arts and Science at Yale. 2015-2016 marks the Senate’s inaugural year as the chief representative and voice for the Yale FAS.
http://fassenate.yale.edu/

The Provost's Office also convenes a number of committees with faculty and staff representation (by appointment) to address pressing university needs.
http://provost.yale.edu/committees


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
Yes

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:

Within the City of New Haven, Community Management Teams (CMT) are organized in each of New Haven's ten community policing districts. A CMT consists of residents and businesses within the district who have organized to serve as a forum for problem solving and information exchange centering around neighborhood issues that are of the most concern to the group. Community Management Teams help residents have a voice in neighborhood improvement and revitalization efforts and are an important link to the police and to other city and social service agencies.  The University regularly attends and participates at these meetings in adjacent neighborhoods and keeps the community informed about new projects and developments. 


Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations No
Private sector organizations No
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) No

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):

Per the Bylaws, the Governor and Lt. Governor of Connecticut are board members but they do not participate.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.