I just received an exciting new announcement–there will be a panel on Hydraulic Fracking at F&ES in September. This event is open to the public, and I thought you (as prospective students) might be interested in attending. There will also be live streaming of this event for those unable to join us, with more information on that forthcoming. If you are a prospective student and are planning on attending, please do let us know so we can help you set up some additional events and/or meetings for you to learn more about F&ES and the admissions process.

Date: September 18th (Tues) at 4:00; reception to follow
Location: Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall (195 Prospect Street, Yale Campus, New Haven, CT) – Overflow will also be available in Bowers Auditorium (Sage…

“Last fall, when we decided to host a young environmental writers competition – the only one of its kind as far as we know – we at SAGE Magazine hoped to hear from a few young writers and environmental professionals… What we actually got was simply astonishing:  more than 300 submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and environmental art flooded in from almost a dozen different countries ….”

Check out the winning submissions!

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Ian Drysdale and Jennifer Myton walk Angel Hsu through the 2010 Mesoamerican Reef Repord Card

The environment doesn’t count. Or at least this is the message that GDP numbers send. But as the world becomes increasingly conscious of the shortcomings of our best current measures of progress, efforts are underway to create new ways of measuring the human condition—ones that are more conscious of social and environmental factors. The EPI is part of this effort and is helping policymakers understand the environmental conditions of their countries, highlighting areas where they need to focus efforts to improve. At the Rio+20 Earth Summit last month, the EPI and YCELP were an active part of the dialogue

While the final Outcome Document of the conference recognizes the need for “broader measures of progress to complement GDP” so as to “better inform policy decisions,” it lacks specifics…

Here are two quick highlights of recent graduates and their current projects.  I love how they are dynamic and exciting while occupying very different realms.  These alumni demonstrate how education can be both fun and practical.  What you would do with an F&ES degree?

By Joe Leavenworth for Bloomberg Businessweek

Zack Parisa, M.Forest Science ’09: creates new forest inventory software that drastically changes the number of on-the-ground man-hours required.  See BusinessWeek article.

 

"Slow Ride" video team

 

Eric Fyfe, M.Environmental Management ’12: teams up with a childhood friend to make “Slow Ride Stories,” motorcycle…

Reflecting on the outcomes of the Rio Dialogue on Forests: Policy learning for the crowd?

On June 17, Yale Professor Ben Cashore took part in the Rio Dialogues on Forests. As one of several facilitators of the online discussion, Ben was responsible for encouraging discussion related to forest governance recommendations at the Rio+20 conference and for bringing the outcomes of that dialogue to the Rio Dialogues panelists for today’s discussion. During the event on the 17th, panelists debated topics ranging from a net zero deforestation goal (as an addendum to goals for restoring 150,000 hectares of forest lands), as well as the inclusion of indigenous voices (as it is difficult for individuals living in traditional communities to gain access to the technology necessary to participate in an online discussion). Panelists also placed much emphasis on valuing forest resources, which could allow society to consider the…