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.


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!)


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…

Life as An International Student at F&ES

written by Maggie Yuan Yao

As a first year MEM student at F&ES, I enjoyed my time here in this diverse and dynamic community. This year, we have 79 international students representing 42 countries. We get to know each other very well starting from the international student orientation week, which happens before the orientation for our whole class.

There are also plenty of social and cultural activities at F&ES during the academic year. Every Friday evening, we gather at TGIF (Thank God I’m A Forester) and hang out with our classmates. There is also an international TGIF during the semester featuring all the cultures and food around the world. We come together and celebrate the diversity of our community, language, tradition, and culture. Here

Admissions Student Assistant, Sarah Omusula

My name is Sarah Omusula, a first year MESc student from Kenya. Kenya is a beautiful country, rich in biodiversity and one cannot resist falling in love with its beauty! Before coming to Yale I worked with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK), a non-profit organization whose focus is: to understand cheetah health and habitat selection; raise awareness on predator conservation through community participation; and mitigate human wildlife conflict to safe guard the community livelihoods. I will be happy to chat about conservation of wildlife in Kenya with you! At Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES), I am interested in remote sensing, data analysis, conservation and climate change.

Irrespective of where we come from, we all face different challenges during school application. Everyone’s experience is different based…

Welcome from Student Assistant, Sam Faries

My name is Sam Faries and I am a first-year Master of Environmental Management student as well as the newest student assistant with the Yale F&ES Admissions Office. In the two months that I have spent at F&ES I have had my decision to come here justified time and again. I have already received so much from the F&ES community and, I hope, give back by engaging with the next round of applicants and admitted students to answer questions and alleviate concerns about the application process, choosing a school, and F&ES at large.

Nerves and impasse in the wake of Hurricane Maria

“Javier, how are your friends and family?” was for a while the question many asked me at Yale F&ES. Every time felt sincere and I appreciated it. Two weeks had not passed before some people found themselves asking it again. Wait, was that the same hurricane?