Global Climate Action Summit: A Tale of Two Climates

The Global Climate Action Summit had many powerful moments. During the three-day event, held last week in San Francisco, former Vice President Al Gore brought the crowd hope by asserting that the U.S. is still officially in the Paris Agreement, and that the next president could easily reverse President Trump’s decision to withdraw. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados reminded us that the intense storms, which have been fatal to her neighboring countries, happened at a higher rate than ever recorded with only a 1-degree C rise — and that we are on the path to a 4-degree rise. Jane Goodall reminded us to protect forests, and to not let them be “the forgotten solution.” Deforestation represents one-third of greenhouse gas emissions globally, while efforts to control it…

A New Global Database for Quantifying the Impact of Consumption and Trade

How is it possible to measure a nation’s environmental impact when half its goods are imported from China and other regions?

Over the past decade, a consortium of European researchers has developed a database that offers new clarity on the increasingly complex links between international trade, consumption, and environmental impact. Known as EXIOBASE 3, the database enables new insights to be drawn about the environmental impact that trade has had, who benefits, and who is harmed by increasing globalization.

In a new special issue, The Global Multi Regional Input Output Database “EXIOBASE,” Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE) examines how this database was designed and built. The issue shows how it will improve understanding of the effects…

The Perks of New Haven

As admitted students are carefully considering their graduate school options, we hear questions about academic programs, campus culture and finding jobs. I wanted to take a quick break from these very important questions to talk about what is so great about New Haven as a city. Below are my takes on some the perks and I have included amazing resources that I would recommend.

Everything outdoors

We talk about East Rock as a neighborhood where many F&ES students live but East Rock is also the name of the park north of the neighborhood. It is a great spot for a quick hike and provides a beautiful view of the city. Just a few miles north into Hamden, you can also explore Sleeping Giant State Parks miles of hiking…

Admitted Student FAQs

Admissions decisions have been released and we have been hearing some great questions. While there are many events coming up for both admitted and prospective students, I wanted to share some of the most common questions I have heard recently.

What is the difference between the old and new MEM curriculum?

The new curriculum places more emphasis on subject specialization while at the same time building common foundational skills and affording flexibility. Specializations have always been a part of the MEM program however students are now required to select a specialization and these areas of study have been revised and updated. The program includes a common perspectives course, and four half semester courses focused on interdisciplinary conversancy. Students will then take two core specialization classes and four electives…

Written by Sam Faries, MEM’19

I had begun to receive admissions decisions around this time last year. It was an exciting and nerve-racking time when I began to think about which graduate program I would attend with an actual list of programs to choose from rather than a list of pending applications. It is an important and difficult decision to make so I hope to help by offering up some things to consider when choosing an environmental graduate program.

Fit

How well a program fits with your expectation of what your graduate education should be is one of the most important factors to consider. The handful of environmental professional programs that many applicants apply to have different degree requirements, curriculum formats, and student body composition. Some important…

Lunar New Year Celebration

Authored by Tina Huang, MEM ’19

On Feb 10th, the Asia Student Interest Group (SIG) and the Coalition on Food and Agriculture (CAFE) co-hosted an event to celebrate Lunar New Year by making vegetable dumplings and having a community discussion on the sustainability of China’s food system. Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in many Asian societies. Just like the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, it is the time of the year that people go back home to reunite with families and friends to celebrate the arrival of a new year (2018 is the year of the dog!)

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Picture caption: Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) students celebrate the

Benefits of F&ES Center and Programs

Authored by Sam Faries, MEM ’19

Many students at F&ES choose to supplement their coursework by taking on positions with one of the 15 Centers and Programs affiliated with F&ES or participating in their events. Centers and Programs are an integral part of the F&ES community and provide a wide range of functions supporting students, faculty, and staff. From sponsoring student internships and projects to creating symposia, conferences, newsletters, and outreach programs, Centers and Programs take on a vital role in educating students, providing opportunities, and preparing students for the workplace with hands-on experience in a variety of environmental topics.

One of the most accessible ways to benefit from the Centers and Programs is through the lecture series that many of the centers sponsor. These lecture series range…

Sustainability is more than just the environment, but can we quantify that?

Cutting edge research on life cycle sustainability assessment

It is widely acknowledged that sustainability involves more than just the health and viability of our biophysical environment. Figuring out how to capture the multiple dimensions of sustainability in quantitative models, however, is a significant challenge.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a well-established and widely-used tool for the systematic assessment of environmental impacts of products, services, and technologies. In an effort to include economic and social impacts, LCA researchers have worked to extend the tool — to develop life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA).

Taking a break at Fallingwater in Pennsylvania after visiting unconventional oil and gas development sites in Belmont County, Ohio

I am a third-year joint-degree student studying for a Master of Environmental Science (MESc) degree at F&ES and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH). I also serve on the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee at F&ES and as a Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator at the Yale Office of LGBTQ Resources.

Reflections from Recruiting Season

I can’t believe that it is already the end of recruiting season and I am back in my office here in New Haven. I have had a great few months on the road and was able to meet with amazing prospective students around the country and even abroad. In 15 campus visits, 6 information sessions and 14 graduate school fairs, I was able to talk about the school, our master’s programs and what makes F&ES unique. Throughout this process, I was asked some great questions and want to share some of these with everyone who could not make it out to meet with us. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Rebecca.melnick@yale.edu

About the program:

I am not sure…