The Pierson Sustainability Liaison (SL) works with the Yale Office of Sustainability in a variety of roles that relate to environmental wellbeing within Pierson College and Yale’s campus as a whole. Much of this work involves creating, proposing, and executing various environmental projects, all of which fall within monthly environmental themes. Each month of the school year has a different theme (food systems, climate action, materials, etc.), and the SL works closely with the Pierson Operations Manager to design events, projects, and presentations that fit with the particular theme. For example, during “food systems” month (September 2019), the SL organized a campus-first dining pilot-project in Pierson Dining Hall. This project ranked the environmental impact of each entree during dinner for one week and surveyed students to gauge if the posters impacted the foods students chose. The project received a lot of positive response and is now being used to advocate for larger implementation. Through this position, the SL also conducts waste and energy audits in Pierson, delivers educational presentations and emails to staff and students on waste management, travel, diet, energy usage, etc., and organizes other student events such as climate change workshops, environmental film screenings, and information sessions.
Pierson’s Sustainability Liaison for the 2020-2021 school year is Elijah Hong ‘22