Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year! As we happily welcome the MODsters to New Haven we want to be sure to set the stage for conversations on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity on campus and were able to do so during the first week of MODS with the help of the Center for Whole Communities. I was lucky to join Kavitha, Delma and Samara, three amazing facilitators, at Great Mountain Forest for the first of these sessions on community inclusion and I was blow away by the insight of the FES community. Everyone’s commitment to exploring topics of diversity and inclusion left me both excited for the conversations to come and reflective of my personal impact. For those unable to attend, I would recommend exploring the resources that Maclovia Quintana (the…

Save the Date: New Directions in Environmental Law Conference in 2017

Yale’s New Directions in Environmental Law Conference will be held on Feb. 24-25, 2017 at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). The conference, now in its seventh year, produces stimulating and innovative solutions to key environmental challenges and draws large student participation.

The New Directions in Environmental Law Conference is an annual conference jointly hosted by F&ES, the Yale Environmental Law Association (YELA), and Yale Law School (YLS). One of the largest student-run conferences at Yale, NDEL brings together over 350 students, academics, policymakers, and practitioners from across the country for a dialogue each year centered around a specific theme. The conference theme for 2017 is “Environment, National Security, and Human Rights.” Through this theme, we aim to advance a discussion of how environmental change can…

As race, sexual orientation and identity continue to be addressed in our media I wanted to take the opportunity to talk a little bit about cultural competence and what we can all to do become more aware of the experiences of those around us. As the newest staff EQUID committee member I have begun gathering resources for our community, many of which are posted below or available in Sage Hall on campus. While our blog typically focuses on F&ES news and updates or issues related to the environmental field, this is an topic that applies to all people in all industries and is something that we want to make sure our community is continually thinking about.

What is Cultural Competence?

Cultural competence is understanding your own cultural identity and…

Who Owns the ‘Right to the City’? Moving Towards Urban Inclusivity

Henri Lefebvre’s famous idea, Right to the City, has stirred up numerous discussions as preparations for the Habitat III conference is in full swing. Right to the City has been interpreted and used in many different ways, often in the sense of human rights and access to urban resources. In his 1968 book Le Droit à la ville, Lefebvre proposed the novel definition of Right to the City as a “demand…[for] a transformed and renewed access to urban life”. David Harvey, Professor of Anthropology and Geography at

Thinking Beyond the City: Regional Climate Adaptation Planning and Habitat III

Climate change threatens cities worldwide, but urban leaders face a myriad of funding, logistical, and political challenges in trying to reduce the associated risks at the local level. When planning for climate adaptation, or “climate-proofing,” some urban planners and civic leaders are thinking beyond their jurisdiction to develop creative solutions and partnerships at the regional level. From California to Nepal, organizations are demonstrating that taking a collaborative, regional look at climate change adaptation planning can help leverage resources and increase community resilience.

The upcoming UN Habitat conference, Habitat III, in October will be one of the largest gatherings of global urban decision makers to date. It presents an ideal forum for catalyzing new regional climate adaptation planning partnerships already happening across the world.

A Regional Approach…

Habitat III: From Global Conversation to Creative Commitment

Habitat III
Habitat III, a global summit born out of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, is set to take place in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016. This round of global gathering is the third in a series that began in 1976 with the goal to reinvigorate a global, political commitment to the sustainable development of rural and urban human settlements. Termed the New Urban Agenda, Habitat III delegates have the auspicious goal of setting a global strategy for the next two decades of urbanization (“New urban agenda”, 2016). On the docket are topics such as poverty, environmental degradation, quality of life, development patterns, and – last but not least – global climate change.

With more than 50 percent of the world’s population…

Meet the newest F&ES admissions counselor

Hello!

My name is Becca Melnick and I am excited to be joining the F&ES admissions team as an admissions counselor! I am coming to F&ES from the School of Management where I was working on events for the school and student clubs but I can’t wait to hit the road in the fall and meet with prospective students around the country to talk about F&ES, how to apply and what Yale has to offer.

I am originally from Massachusetts and ended up in New Haven after getting my undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Virginia. While I have not studied here at F&ES, I am currently in graduate school and am getting my M.Ed. in Higher Education in Student Affairs.

I was drawn to F&ES…

Sustainability at Yale

Sustainability is a theme at Yale that goes beyond F&ES. Yale’s Office of Sustainability releases detailed Sustainability Strategic Plans to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions and waste and increase composting and recycling rates. The office publishes annual progress reports, which can be viewed online.

An important initiative this year was Yale’s first-ever Carbon Charge. The Yale Carbon Charge Project was a six-month pilot program involving 20 university buildings to help test the effectiveness of carbon pricing on Yale’s campus. Yale is the first institution of higher learning to implement such a program. Learn more about the Carbon Charge.

And of course, here at the Forestry School we pride ourselves on our sustainability focus. The Environmental Stewardship Committee (of which I am a member) is a…

Environmental Impacts of Demand-Side Technologies and Strategies for Carbon Mitigation

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are widely recognized as two of the most effective ways to greatly reduce the threat of climate change. But how much do we know about other environmental impacts of a large-scale deployment of these technologies? What are the benefits (or impacts) from a life-cycle perspective? By how much can the gains from energy efficient technologies be multiplied if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electricity production are also reduced?

CFL w vineIn a special issue, Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology aims to advance our understanding of environmental and natural resource implications of energy efficiency technologies. This special issue, “Environmental Impacts of Demand-Side Technologies and Strategies for Carbon Mitigation,” was prepared…