Energy and the Environment

Center Head

Pamela Torola - JE '18

Pamela Torola is a junior in Jonathan Edwards College majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with an interest in how the environment and health intersect. She is a tutor at New Haven Academy as well as at Bridges ESL. She is a member of the Women's Club Volleyball team and works for the City of New Haven on building a Climate and Sustainability Framework for the city and community. Pamela also works with New Haven Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge to spread awareness about climate change and health issues. In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, running, volunteering at New Haven Farms, the outdoors, and eating oatmeal.


Center Members:

Jack McAuliffe

Myles Odermann

Jason Chiu

Trina White

Sam Goldman

Bo You

Alanis Allen


As the City of New Haven establishes itself as a Connecticut leader in climate action and a new Climate and Sustainability Framework, many intriguing ideas for how the city can take action have been proposed. One policy that the community and city would like to consider in the future is incentivizing deconstruction (building disassembly and materials salvage) as opposed to demolition.

The Center for Energy and Environment is examining the possibilities for legislation on deconstruction in the City of New Haven. We are taking a close look at other cities’ policies (for example, in Portland, San Jose, and Boulder), hoping to answer this question: which factors and institutional actions are necessary to produce a successful city transition from primarily demolition to primarily deconstruction? This research will help inform prioritization of actions and recommend first steps to achieving successful deconstruction policy in New Haven.