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Yale Student Environmental Coalition (YSEC) is the umbrella organization for student environmentalists and environmental groups in Yale College. Founded in 1986, YSEC strives to inform the Yale community of current environmental challenges and debates, educate about environmentally conscious actions, involve Yale students in environmental events and issues.  YSEC partners with campus organizations, other colleges and universities, non-profits, and major international initiatives at Yale, within New Haven, and around the world.

Visit YSEC’s website



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The Elmseed Enterprise Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides consulting services, low-interest micro loans, networking opportunities, and entrepreneurial development courses to small business owners and rising entrepreneurs in the Greater New Haven region. Elmseed staff is comprised of a dedicated group of Yale students who are passionate about education and community development. Elmseed‘s mission is to empower constituents to believe in their potential to revitalize and add value to their community through their entrepreneurial pursuits. In addition to providing intensive technical support and capital to individuals who lack access to traditional credit or consulting services, Elmseed is constantly striving to cultivate a small business ecosystem that is readily able to address a diverse range of needs; by collaborating with community partners, Elmseed is able to leverage their strengths, ultimately ensuring that clients are informed about the various opportunities available to them. Are you a motivated entrepreneur looking to start or expand a small business? Elmseed would be more than happy to meet with you for a free consultation and help you on your path to financial independence.

Questions? Ready for more? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Elmseed at: info@elmseed.org




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Founded by undergraduates in 1886, Dwight Hall at Yale is an independent, nonsectarian nonprofit umbrella organization.  As the Center for Public Service and Social Justice, Dwight Hall reflects a diverse Yale student body and a strong history of social justice work in New Haven and beyond.  It is the largest campus-based student-run service organization in the country. Dwight Hall features over 90 student-run member groups that engage 3,500 students each year in service and social justice activities. Dwight Hall students contribute more than 150,000 hours of direct service and advocacy each year. The International Network, Social Justice Network, Public Health Network, and Education Network promote a culture of action and reflection that encourages student leaders to share best practices, learn from successful leaders, and collaborate for positive change.
The New Haven Land Trust promotes the appreciation and preservation of natural resources in New Haven for the benefit and education of the community. They achieve this through three main initiatives: land conservation, community gardening, and environmental education programs. New Haven Land Trust manages 45 community gardens and 6 land preserves covering approximately 80 acres in the City of New Haven and also provide environmental education free to public. The New Haven Land Trust is a 501 c.3. nonprofit organization supported by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the City of New Haven and individual donors.
See Click Fix is a communications platform for citizens to report non-emergency issues, and governments to track, manage, and reply–ultimately making communities better through transparency, collaboration, and cooperation. They say all politics is local. While See Click Fix is not political, they do believe that changes that have a real impact on our daily lives occur at the neighborhood or city level. It’s their goal to provide the best tools for residents and governments to communicate for all sizes, populations, and budgets. SeeClickFix could not be done without help. On top of the passionate, fast-growing team of entrepreneurs at SeeClickFix, it is really only made possible by the amazing volunteers, citizens, and members of governments large and small who are passionate about everything civic.
URI Circle Logo jpgThe mission of New Haven Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, and advance the practice of urban forestry. URI’s Community Greenspace program works each summer with 50 New Haven community groups (a total of ~1,000 individual volunteers) to revitalize urban streetscapes, parks, and vacant lots; build community; and foster stewardship of public land.  Look here for a map of Greenspace sites to connect with a group near you.GreenSkills is URI’s local green jobs program that employs high school students and ex-offenders through the planting of trees for hundreds of New Haven residents each spring and fall.  New Haven residents and businesses can request a free tree through GreenSkills as long as they commit to watering the trees.  To request a tree, fill out the tree request form here.

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The Connecticut Food Bank is the state’s non-profit leader in the fight against hunger and is the largest provider of charitable food donations. Nearly half a million people across Connecticut are hungry every day, and 1 out every 5 children is food insecure. Born from the concept of matching excess food supplies to individuals with limited resources in 1982 in New Haven the Connecticut Food Bank now partners with retailers and growers to coordinate the distribution of enough food to produce more than 17 million meals annually across the state. Supporting over 700 partner programs the Connecticut Food Bank also serves as a critical community convener while providing a broad range of nutrition and education programs.





Greater New Haven Green Fundis a 501c(3) non-profit corporation created to support environmental and public health initiatives in overburdened areas of the municipalities that make up the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority (East Haven, Hamden, New Haven and Woodbridge). The New Haven Green Fund increases environmental awareness and action by supporting the efforts of environmental and grassroots organizations to advance environmental justice, community sustainability, and restoration of the natural environment. The Greater New Haven Green Fund is designed to be a driving force to engage and empower citizens and organizations working to create a clean, healthy, and sustainable Greater New Haven community.

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cmhcf logo jpegThe CMHC Foundation is a private non-profit supporting organization for the publicly funded Connecticut Mental Health Center. Since 1993 the Foundation has been securing and managing charitable resources to improve the wellbeing of the people CMHC serves and to help CMHC achieve excellence and extend its impact in the community. Founded in 1966 CMHC is a landmark partnership between the State of Connecticut and Yale University and one of the first community mental health centers in the country.
The Office of Sustainability at Southern Connecticut State UniversitySCSU_LogoRef_ connects students, faculty, and staff with the information, people, and tools they need to make campus more sustainable. The Office of Sustainability is committed to engaging the SCSU community to make healthy and environmentally conscious decisions in all aspects of campus life and operations. The Office works with many city, regional, and national partners that directly involve SCSU students in research, outreach, and more sustainable solutions beyond the borders of the campus.
To learn more, visit the SCSU web page or email Suzanne Huminski, Sustainability Coordinator at SCSU

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The mission of the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees is to create community through people, parks and programs. The department is responsible for the stewardship of the city’s over 2,200 acres of parks, the tree belt, and offers a wide variety of programming.

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logo - jpeg for webCommon Ground is a center for environmental learning & leadership located on 20 acres of city park land at the base of New Haven’s West Rock Ridge State Park.
Common Ground’s mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practices within a diverse community of children, young people, adults, and families. Common Ground accomplishes this mission through three connected efforts:
  • An environmental education center, connecting children and adults to the natural world through summer camps, children’s programs, weekend workshops, festivals, youth employment opportunities, and a state-wide School Garden Resource Center. Last year, more than 15,000 community members joined in Common Ground’s programs.
  • The nation’s oldest environmental charter high school, preparing students for college success and environmental leadership. More than 93% of Common Ground graduates are admitted to college.
  • An urban farm, modeling sustainability and contributing 8,000 pounds of fresh, local produce to the community.

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cityseed logo colorCitySeed is a non-profit organization that enhances community access to healthy food through five Farmers’ Market locations, a Mobile Farmers’ Market, SNAP Double Value Coupon Program, a Community Supported Market fresh food delivery program, developing community-based Master Cooking teachers, hosting a community kitchen, policy work and other food-related programs. All CitySeed markets are certified to accept Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons, which are distributed to nutritionally at-risk women, infants, children and senior citizens, as well as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), accessed through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards.

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NHFPC logo_rgb webThe New Haven Food Policy Council (NHFPC) believes in “Good food for everyone – because better food builds a better city!” The NHFPC is a volunteer advisory board for the City of New Haven dedicated to build a food system that nourishes all people in a just and sustainable manner. The eleven Council members are New Haven residents, appointed by the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen. The NHFPC is a collaborative group working to address local and regional food issues and the impacts on individuals, communities, businesses, the environment and local government.

Attend NHFPC Meetings: 8:00-9:45 a.m. @ City Hall Room 1; the 3rd WED of every month!

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XrXt77QQgoNewHavengo is a city initiative aimed at working with employers to promote green commuting like public transportation, walking, biking and carpooling. A collective effort of the New Haven Department of Transportation, Traffic, and ParkingCTrides, the New Haven/León Sister City Project, Yale Transportation Options, New Haven Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge, Park New Haven, the Yale Office of Sustainability, and more, goNewHavengo brings together organizations and individuals to use active transportation options.

goNewHavengo partners utilize resources and relationships with employees and employers to promote alternative transit use. with the hopes of creating a healthier, more sustainable, more active city with lower public health costs. With our roads crowding, our sea levels rising, and our expensive highway construction projects stalling, goNewHavengo is dedicated to doing what works: active transportation.

The goNewHavengo competition starts in September and is a month-long competition amongst employers to see who can reduce the most CO2 emissions. There will be small, medium and large employer categories and prizes will be awarded to the competition winners.

ProjectsPrograms for employees | Businesses can sign up here

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2-yana-fullThe mission of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA) is to organize and leverage the power of the Yale nonprofit network for the greater social good. YANA focuses on facilitating collaboration among Yale students and alumni, while expanding their opportunities in the nonprofit and social sectors. Over 50 initiatives are now in the works and YANA welcomes participation from Yale and non-Yale affiliates at any level!

Want to Learn More? Visit YANA on the web & social media!



CAS100_Logo_2015The Connecticut Audubon Society
founded in 1898, conserves Connecticut’s environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and their habitats. The Connecticut Audubon Society owns and operates 4 nature centers, 2 museums, and more than 2600 acres of open space.

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Three_FlagsAmerican Dream Clean LLC is a mission-driven janitorial services company that delivers exceptional cleaning quality competitively priced while making a difference by putting company resources into initiatives (tutoring, mentoring, etc.) that ensure its employees’ at-risk kids graduate from college. American Dream Clean believes that a sound business model can be combined with a social mission to make dramatic improvements in one of our nation’s most intractable problems: ensuring every child has access to a good education and a path to college. The janitorial business allows American Dream Clean to fund education services that keep employees’ kids on track to college; employees reward the company’s caring thru higher loyalty and engagement, which translates to superior quality, service, and ultimately highly-satisfied customers. Combining this business model and mission model allows each to soar to heights neither one alone could achieve.

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