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Campaign Goal
The Living Village
Our visionary complex of regenerative buildings will be one of the largest of its kind in the educational sector.

Living Village Project

Called to Serve

We are charged with the responsibility to be stewards of creation. Sustainable living is not only an ecological decision but an ethical one, driven by our growing recognition that humans are part of nature, not lords over it. Compelled to put biblical and eco-theological principles into practice, we invite others to join us in creating a flourishing future.

What Is the Living Village?

Adhering to the ambitious standards of the Living Building Challenge, our Living Village will provide affordable housing for students in net-zero-energy buildings. Serving as a key component of Yale’s Planetary Solutions initiative, the Living Village will inspire and teach our community to live in harmony with the Earth.
Currently in design, the Living Village at Yale Divinity School will be completed in phases; phase-one construction will begin in the winter of 2023, with occupancy expected in the fall of 2024.

Community Impact

A daring expression of Yale Divinity School’s academic and moral vision, the Living Village project will benefit our community by: 
  • providing students below-market rental rates 
  • using forward-looking design that fosters inclusivity and belonging 
  • creating shared space for community and collaboration among future leaders  

Project Highlights

  • Ecologically sustainable structure 
  • Zero-carbon footprint 
  • Construction that uses only recycled and environmentally friendly materials 
  • Triple-net-zero design that treats waste onsite and equips the complex to meet energy and water needs from onsite sun and precipitation  
  • Holistic architectural design that will connect with Sterling Divinity Quadrangle for a united living and learning environment 
  • An aesthetic that reflects the beauty and inspiration that are central to the YDS ethos and the faith traditions of which we are part 

Action & Impact

April 28, 2022
By Betsy Painter ‘22 M.A.R. From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven? —Job 38:29 The snowy poles of Planet Earth depict the...
April 13, 2022
By Pressley Peters As the threat of climate change grows more urgent, Yale Divinity School is showing the world one way to confront it. Through the creation of a regenerative...
November 15, 2021
Following fundraising success and project approval by the Yale Corporation, Yale Divinity School is moving ahead with design and construction of its history-making Living...
February 9, 2021
By Pressley Peters   The Rev. James K. Donnell ’58 B.D., a retired Presbyterian minister from Pennsylvania, had such confidence in his alma mater that he contributed over $1...
February 7, 2020
Editor’s Note: Dean Greg Sterling sent the following announcement to the YDS community today. ——– Dear Colleagues, I have exciting news. Thanks to the...
June 14, 2018
Buoyed by a key donation and the selection of stellar project partners, Yale Divinity School has taken a crucial step forward in planning its proposed “Living Village”—...


Alumni Engagement and Development

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