Experts Explore Whether Hydraulic Fracturing is a Bridge to a Clean Energy Future

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, a panel of energy experts converged at Kroon Hall to discuss the future of hydraulic fracturing—an emergent, hotly contested technique of extracting natural gas from rock layers beneath the earth. Between those witnessing the panel live and those tuning in to live stream coverage of the event from our overflow space and around the world, the total audience amounted to roughly 900.

Exploring the complexity of the practice of “fracking,” the panel’s talk culminated a host of fracking-related events sponsored by the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Bringing together experts from academia, industry, and the policy realm, Tuesday’s panel featured a moderated discussion of the gains and risks involved in the nation’s adoption of an energy portfolio including fracked natural gas.

The…

Hey again, everyone! I’ve gotten in to the swing of things, finally feeling normal after making the strange switch from FES student to FES staff. Freshly back from my first couple of recruiting trips (to NYC and Boston) and our first On Campus Open House, and feeling the rush and excitement of all you folks just starting in on the awesome journey that is grad school.
During those first few events, I found that many people seemed confused about what we mean when we say that an MEM (Master of Environmental Management) student needs to do a “Capstone class or project” in order to graduate. And I totally get it. Before I arrived at FES, my idea of a final grad school project was the very traditional Masters Thesis based…

That time of year again… recruiting & application season is upon us!

Last week kicked off what I think is the most fun part of my job – the recruiting season! Emily and I headed in to New York City, accompanied by our new student assistant Sarah, for the NYC Idealist Fair. Between the 3 of us, we were able to speak to over 100 students in a 3 hour time span. Aside from being completely exhausting (and it taking 3 days for my voice to get back to full strength), it was so invigorating to speak with prospective students who are jumping off on this amazing new adventure to graduate school. It was also kind of neat, because we represented 3 different parts of the cycle of being a student—I represented the “applicant” phase; Sarah, a brand new F&ES student in the…

Hydraulic Fracking Panel TOMORROW!

Just a reminder that the hydraulic fracking panel is tomorrow, September 18, 2012 at 4pm eastern. This is going to be an incredible event. Be sure to visit us on campus or tune in via livestream.

You can access the live stream of the event here: http://new.livestream.com/yale and more information about the event here: http://environment.yale.edu/news/article/yale-panel-to-debate-hydraulic-fracturing/. This link also contains a question box for you to submit questions to be answered by the panelists.

Have fun!…

Professor Chertow's greetings from China!

Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of Program on Solid Waste Policy, and Director of Industrial Environmental Management Program, Marian Chertow writes:

Just thought I’d send a quick message from Tianjin, China where I am attending the World Economic Forum’s “Summer Davos” meeting held in China each year. I was invited to present on the Circular Economy which springs from industrial ecology principles. We had a two hour highly interactive session replete with an artist who drew pictures while we spoke and took very colorful notes. All the IE students should enjoy the artist’s view of life cycle thinking – see below. The theme of the overall meeting is “Creating the Future Economy.” I have attended several sessions related to resource management, consumption, and China’s role in the…

Emily at graduation!

Hey all you people in the FES blog-o-world! Emily Schosid here. I thought that I’d write a post to introduce myself as the new recruiter for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and another person you prospective students can always feel free to write to or call to talk about FES, New Haven, Grad School, the meaning of life…
I graduated from FES last spring, so I definitely feel like I can offer a lot of insight about life as an FESer and what you can expect if you decide to apply or come to the school. I was heavily involved in the FES community, worked on a bunch of projects, and really got to know a number of faculty, staff, and the students who were at the…