TD Sustainability

Sustainability in Timothy Dwight College

Timothy Dwight’s Sustainability Liaisons (SLs) facilitate collaboration between Yale’s Office of
Sustainability and TD operations and initiatives. The SLs’ efforts to continually improve TD’s
sustainability center around efficient energy use, waste minimization, events that promote and encourage sustainable practices, and sharing educational content. With the support of TD administrators and the Office of Sustainability, the SLs plan events for TDers to enjoy and initiatives to lessen our community’s environmental footprint.

Making TD Events More Sustainable

Before organizing a TD-affiliated event, TD Sustainability urges all event planners to reply, in just a few brief sentences, to the TD Event Sustainability Clause after reading through the suggestions that follow. Organizers can email their responses to the TD Sustainability Liaisons, and . You can also reach out to them to get a general consultation about how to make your event more sustainable!
Follow our Instagram @sustainabili_TD to stay up to date on future events and learn more about sustainability!

Sustainability Liaisons

Selin Goren (she/her), EVST and Energy Studies ’24, is from Turkey and is engaged in climate advocacy in her hometown, Istanbul. She’s passionate about the green energy transition of companies and cities, youth participation in climate politics, along with the intersectionality of environmental justice. In addition to being a SL for TD, Selin is working as a student research assistant at Yale Carbon Containment Lab and the Student Director for EVST.
Peyton Meyer (he/him), EVST and Energy Studies ’24, is originally from Waunakee, Wisconsin and has worked as a TD Sustainability Liaison since the start of the 2021 fall semester. He is passionate about sustainable energy use/systems as well as the link between mental health and time spent outdoors. Along with his role as TD SL, Peyton is a Co-Director for the Yale Student Mental Health Association, passionate about destigmatizing mental health on campus.

Facilities Superintendent

Melissa Debies-Carl:; phone: 203-436-2194

Recent TD Sustainability Projects

  • Distributed self-watering plant kits to TDers ahead of Winter break
  • Created a tutorial on efficient dorm room radiator use
  • Hosted a vegan cupcake baking (and tasting!) event
  • Distributed sustainable menstrual products
  • Started a TD Sustainability Instagram account to promote events and share educational resources
  • Collected food and clothing donations for a local food drive 
  • Screened the film 2040 for TDers to learn more about climate change mitigation and proposed sustainable long term solutions


  • A large part of sustainability is making sure the places we spend time indoors operate efficiently. To report any issues you encounter that may increase energy consumption or waste, click this link to submit a facilities work request. Contact Melissa Debies-Carl with any additional facilities-related questions. 
  • Click this link to view the Yale Sustainability Plan 2025
  • Transportation & Sustainability
    • Read about bike theft prevention and register your bike with the National Bike Registry through Yale Police here.
    • Learn about the public transportation options in Connecticut here.

Learn More

  • Visit the Yale Office of Sustainability website for more information on sustainability at Yale
  • Learn how to operate your dorm room radiator efficiently (here) to reduce energy loss 
  • Learn more about important sustainability topics  from Yale experts

Join the Sustainabili-TD team!

Interested in getting involved in TD sustainability? We are looking for TD students to help us out in our mission to make TD more sustainable! Join the Sustainabili-TD team and help us plan the events and implement the changes you want to see in TD, from improving energy efficiency to fun environment themed events. Fill out this quick form or contact one of your SLs to express your interest.