This week included, there are only four more weeks of classes left in the final semester of the 2011-2012 year!

Acknowledging this fact naturally creates a surge of mixed feelings. Just like so many others, I am looking forward to the approaching summer. It implies a change of scenery, change of daily routine, and a potentially cool internship experience to look forward to. On the other hand, it is easy to worry about not having made the best use of your semester. But, as I have found out, making the most of each semester is easy when you are surrounded by motivated peers, active extracurricular groups and interesting opportunities everyday.

As mentioned in my last post, I was able to engage myself more in school activities

Sage Magazine Holds Young Environmental Writers Contest

Any aspiring environmental writers out there?  Here’s a chance to make a little money and support our very own SAGE magazine…

The student-run SAGE Magazine is sponsoring its first annual Young Environmental Writers Contest.

The magazine is accepting essays, short stories, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, reporting, sky-writing and excerpts from longer works. The contest is intended to generate debate on emerging topics in the environment, natural resources and sustainable living, according to co-editor-in-chief Aaron Reuben.

First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $200. Finalists will be published online and possibly in the annual print publication.

An independent panel of judges will make final selections: author Bill McKibben; Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker; Steve Hawk, executive editor of Sierra…

Hi all – an F&ES alum and current student have started a company to help international students learn about higher education in the US.  A 2010 F&ES graduate from Indonesia blogged about her pre-arrival thought process.  Maybe some of you will find it helpful as you try to figure out what to do now that you have been admitted.

Best,

Angela

http://unicq.net/blog-desc.php?id=116&param=1332190918

Guten Tag from Germany! We have finished a series of productive meetings in Hamburg to wrap up our comprehensive energy tour of Germany. Our first two meetings were with innovative city developers, IBA Hamburg and HafenCity. We could tell right away at IBA that city planning is robustly supported politically and financially in Germany. Both organizations were working to redevelop old industrial areas on the Elbe river, the iconic port area of Hamburg. The managing director of IBA showed us the plans for innovative built structures constructed including: A building whose walls were filled with Algae, with the opacity regulated by the amount of CO2 sequestered; a “light active house” design that used principles of the greenhouse to regulate heat while producing more energy then it consumed through solar roofs…

Guten Tag. Our group of FES students has been very productive here in Berlin. Several of our meetings involved ideal partners for the FES community, especially regarding climate change policy and economic planning. Yesterday, we met with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), where we discussed the broad economic impacts of Germany’s decision to replace all nuclear power plants with renewable energy sources within the next 20 years. PIK performs a wide range of climate related study and analysis, and will hopefully become a recurring academic partner with FES. We also met with The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), where we discussed a number of national policy initiatives related to renewable power, energy efficiency, and fossil fuel transmission systems. From an American energy planning perspective, the discussion…

Hello again from Germany. Our team’s study of German energy policy has thus far carried us from Frieburg to Dusseldorf, and now Berlin. In Dusseldorf, we met with members of the power utility E.On, where we discussed the European natural gas market, Germany’s planned phase out of nuclear power, and the role that utilities believe energy efficiency will play in strategic resource planning.

We have a number of meetings scheduled in Berlin, but have thus far met with the consulting firm Ecofys and the Germany Trade and Investment Group. Both meetings focused on the role of energy efficiency and real-time data monitoring within the built environment. From a U.S. energy policy perspective, it has been fascinating for us to learn the mechanics of German energy policy approaches, as well as…

Hello from Freiburg, Germany. The city sits at the foot of the black forest in what feels like a sleepy corner of one of Europe’s most affluent and industrious nations. Though its beauty and charm make for a generally attractive tourist destination, Freiburg is a center for energy research and proved to be the ideal place for your fellow FESers to begin our exploration of Germany’s renewable energy and energy efficiency landscape.

With the FES a small group of M.E.M. students left New Haven four days ago to find out what makes the German energy system unique, special, and, ultimately, what has driven its leadership in renewables and energy efficiency deployment. For us, this trip and the questions we are seeking to answer, are a culmination of two years of energy…

Among other “sustainability” goals, Yale is committed to reducing its solid waste by 25%, and increasing its recycling rate by 25%, by 2013.  The Yale Office of Sustainability has embarked on an educational campaign which is informative and fun.  See some of the recent campaign posters here and here.

Not surprisingly, F&ES students are very involved with sustainability activities on-campus, and we hope that you are also passionate about these issues.  You  and/or your employer may already be doing some of these things.  If not, try proposing some ideas, especially if you can tie it to reduced costs and increased benefits for individual employees and the company’s bottom line…