Featured Alum: Kavita Sharma and the United Nations

I recently caught up with Kavita Sharma (MEM ’12) to chat with her about her work with the UN. So many of you all are interested in working abroad after school, and Kavita is now in Geneva—and also doing international policy work, which so many of you are interested in—so I thought her advice and perspective would be helpful.

New Yale Sustainability Video

Our dean, Sir Peter Crane and FES alum, Frances Beinecke speak about Yale College’s efforts to become more sustainable under President Richard C. Levi’s leadership. Thought you all might enjoy!

http://news.yale.edu/videos/sustainability-yale-greening-blue

Google@Yale: Using Google Earth Engine for Research

A few weeks back, Yale F&ES hosted a team from Google to discuss opportunities for partnerships in advancing geo-technology. The event allowed attendees to work with Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Engine, and to get a first-hand view of the current state and future of Google’s leadership in spatial data analysis. An outstanding Master of Environmental Science student, Beth Tellman, shares her experience with this event, and how it relates to her own research.

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reaches broad audiences

The next Forestry & Environmental Studies program that I want to introduce is the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC).  YPCCC is a center for both communication and a research.   In a nutshell, this project addresses the gap between science and society and aims to effectively communicate climate change science to societies in the United States and abroad.  F&ES students work as Research Assistants and collaborate with professors and key partners to conduct original research on public climate change awareness and perception.  The Research Assistants then design and test new strategies for raising social awareness and communication for climate change, as well as methods for engaging society in finding solutions for climate change adaptation.  In addition, YPCCC aims to work with educators and communicators to provide effective teaching tools…

FES Alum Camille Rebelo's balancing act is Mozambique

One FES alum following her dream to make a difference

At Yale, we are surrounded by professors and classmates who push and inspire us to be creative about how we overcome challenges in the world. Over the past few years, Yale and CBEY have focused this creativity towards using the power of business to create a better world.

But it isn’t everyday that we hear about recent graduates who have taken this message to heart and put into practice.

Recently, I spoke with Camille Rebelo, a 2007 graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Like most of us, she was eager to use her new degree to make a difference. She took a job working in forestry and before long, in forest carbon markets…

CITES: Looking back on a journey of emotion and reasoning

It’s hard to forget the day I arrived in Thailand. On every corner smells emanated from street vendors cooking a variety of dishes from enticing Thai noodles to spicy cockroaches. The whir of tuk-tuks and motorcycles came from unexpected directions, as drivers sped down sidewalks to avoid traffic jams. Bangkok pushed my senses to new levels, and while it was hard to ignore its attractions, our group of five graduate students from F&ES was on a mission. Our destination: the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).

The first day of CITES CoP16 was a celebration, not only for the opening of the meeting, but also to observe the 40th anniversary of CITES. CITES was drafted…

Report back from the Yale/IUFRO Side Event

“No one single entity – public or private, domestic or international – can address the challenges facing forests,” said Professor Ben Cashore at the UNFF10 side event Private Sector & Forest Finance on April 11 which was co-organized by Yale University and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. Synergistic and collaborative efforts are needed to embrace the complexity of forest management and to scale up technical and financial support.

An effective future framework for the governance of our world’s forests is not possible without substantial involvement from the private sector. Similar statements can increasingly be heard at conferences concerning climate change, sustainable development, and forests. Funding schemes like the Green Climate Fund or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation…