From a building that produces as much energy as it consumes to a business eliminating its waste to landfill, to a country committing to carbon neutrality, the concept of "Net Zero” is increasingly being adopted across sectors and applied innovative and ambitious ways.
The Yale Net Zero Action Group will build upon the work of the Net Zero Think Project, started in 2016, to convene a small, interdisciplinary group of engaged individuals, primarily students, that will explore the applications of “Net Zero,” and specifically what action steps can be taken to advance this concept across multiple levels of actors. The Action Group Leaders will “match-make” students based on their interests and skills with each other and potential partners—“countries, campuses, cities, and communities” — to tackle a Net Zero Project using innovation strategies. The larger group will meet periodically over the academic year, as well as provide resources and a framework to support, track, share and reward progress.
For students that are interested in exploring entrepreneurial and funding opportunities at Yale, the Net Zero Action group can serve as a catalyst for innovative/entrepreneurial thinking and team building, as well as an opportunity to gain professional, “real-world” experience in stakeholder engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration.
What to expect:
- Meet with the main NetZero Action Group every 2nd week from November 29th through the Spring Semester (final meeting date TBD) to share progress updates, participate in workshops and engage guest speakers
- Meet with your specific project group at least 2 hours per week to advance your project
- Deliver a final recommendation paper to your partner/client. (Potential clients have been identified and will be finalized and assigned after student interest is established.)
- Project outcomes will be incorporated in a published CBEY report.
Photo credit: David Suzuki Foundation
How to get involved
1. Fill out this Net Zero Action Group application form by November 16th at midnight.
- If you’re interested in joining the Net Zero Action Group, filling out this application will help us identify what you’re interested in working on and how to best organize and assign teams to potential projects.
3. Email Mikaela Bradbury (CBEY Climate Change Entrepreneurship Coordinator) with any ideas or questions