Hello Everyone!

I’m Jolisa Brooks, and I’m delighted to be assisting in the F&ES Admission’s Office. I’m a first year MESc with a research focus in environmental justice, political ecology and peace & conflict. Prior to matriculating to F&ES I was a Legislative Fellow for the US Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs, where I worked on “Education for All Act 2016, “Women, Peace & Security 2016”, “Power Africa”, and a host of other international development policies. In the short time that I’ve been at Yale I’ve already fallen in love with F&ES and I can’t wait to encourage and assist prospective students in their application journeys.

I’m an indigenous Detroiter, and proud alumna of Michigan State University, where…

Last year's Forest Health class visiting the U.S. Forest Service's Quarantine Lab. I'm top row, second from the left,

Hi! My name is Lindsay and I’m one of the new student assistants with the Admissions team at F&ES this year. I’m thrilled to be a part of this dynamic (and fun) group, and I look forward to meeting some of you as you visit and learn more about our school.

I’m a second year Master of Forestry student. The Master of Forestry (MF) program is smaller than the MEM program, but we’re a tight-knit cohort of plaid-wearing, Christmas tree-growing woodland enthusiasts, and I’m looking forward to showing you a bit about our coursework, social events, and field trips throughout the year.

I’m originally from just outside of Boston, but spent about six years in Northern California…

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


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…