Some insight into farming in Hawaii

Aloha, readers! This is the second posting about my research for Industrial Ecology in Hawaii. My intrepid teammates (Lynette, Jeff, and Angelo) and I have visited many more coffee farms and spoken to Hawaii County’s research and development experts for the island’s energy. We’re gathering so much data about the material flows for the farming and the proposed biofuels production in Ka’u!

What I find especially interesting is the farmers’ ability to adapt to a new livelihood. Sugar cane plantations were phased out about fifteen years ago – due in large part to sugar competitors from abroad. Since then, people who worked the sugar plantations have transitioned to incredibly diverse crops. We met farmers who harvest everything from bok choy, cabbage, and carrots (that dinner was unforgettable) to “ice…

Sarah's journey to Hawaii

Aloha, readers! Sarah here on Hawaii Island, writing to tell you about yet another fantastic opportunity that F&ES offers to some lucky students. I write quietly to not disrupt the tempo of the waves crashing against weathered lava rock on the coast close to Ka’u. But I’ll try to share as much as I possibly can before heading to dinner with my industrial ecology team. Menu to follow – read on!

Professor Tom Graedel teaches a course on Industrial Ecology, which has landed me in Hawaii. In a (overgeneralized) nutshell, industrial ecology aims to study the stocks and flows of resources and energy, as influenced by humans, from the perspective of natural resources and the environment. Three of my classmates and I were assigned, with this framework in mind…

Dean Crane Featured in New Haven Register

Dean Crane’s new book has been featured in the New Haven Register today!…

Advice for New Students—New Haven is Awesome!


The Office of Admissions is starting our first week without Emily, our incredible recent grad who has brought you many exciting blog posts. She has left us to pursue bigger and better things–and we are so excited to see where the adventure takes her! However, she left me a series of posts to post in her absence — and here is the first! Enjoy!

Hello again, Blog World! Emily again with another bit of advice for living in New Haven. For this one, I thought I’d highlight some of the places that make this city so much fun to live in—restaurants, bars, stuff to do, etc.

Food: I’ve heard New Haven referred to as the “Foodie Suburb of NYC.” And I…

Featured Alum: Megan McVey and Climate Communication

Hello, hello, FES Blog World! Emily again with another installment of Alumni Who Are Doing Awesome Stuff in the World (that’s the official name of this series). New Haven appears to be warming up again (the snow from Nemo is almost gone!), but I doubt we have seen the last of winter this year.

Today, I’ve got Megan McVey (MEM ’12). Megan does communications for the US Global Change Research Program. Basically, she has created a career out of being on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites all day–if only we all could get paid to be on Facebook, right? Well, anyway, I’ll let her tell you about her work. Without further ado,

Emily: Megan! I’m so happy you agreed to sit down and chat with me…

The Tropical Resources Institute at Yale

From Sarah:

Following Nemo’s frigid, uninvited arrival in New Haven (Nemo apparently didn’t see Punxsutawney Phil’s memo), I want to share warm thoughts with you about the Tropical Resources Institute (TRI). TRI is an interdisciplinary program within Yale F&ES. It aims to help students with funding and research tools for managing and conserving tropical resources. TRI provides research fellowships for students and assists students with research design, proposal development and field methods for projects in the tropics. It also helps connect students with local, in-country institutions. For example, students have teamed with organizations in Panama like PRORENA (Proyecto de Reforestacion con Especies Nativas) and Agua Salad Project. These organizations, along with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in turn link students with local entities like the Panama Canal Authority, Panama’s…

Featured Alum: Dustin Meyer and Large Energy Consulting

Hello FES-Blog people! I hope the last blog about housing in New Haven was helpful for you! Definitely let me know if I left any major questions unanswered. I lied when I said my next blog would be about what fun things there are to do in New Haven–but don’t fear! Several such blogs are on their way!

I figured it was time to go back to some cool alumni and their awesome post-FES work. This time, I caught up with Dustin Meyer (MEM ‘12, pictured with his faithful companion, Captain Wilson), to chat with him about his work with one of the bigger energy consulting firms out there. Since there are so many of you interested in doing energy consulting work, I thought his perspective would be helpful…

Hixon Center & URI: The Urban Environment at F&ES Part II

From Sarah:

This is Part II of our urban ecology journey at the Hixon Center. I’ll share with you a bit more about the Center and then delve into the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), a branch of the Center. Be sure to read through to the end, where I’ll give you some tips on how to get involved!

When I spoke with Colleen Murphy-Dunning, the Staff Director of the Hixon Center and URI, she reminded me of how important it is to understand urban ecology. The Hixon Center recently took a survey of alumni who graduated over the last 20 years. It received about 900 responses and found that 70% of respondents said that their professional work does affect the urban environment. This number is not extraordinary, but…

URI & the Hixon Center's Efforts on the Urban Environment: Part I

From Sarah:

This blog continues my journey to explore the numerous Centers and Programs at Yale F&ES. Over the past month, I’ve told you about the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale and the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. Today I will share the great Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, (“the Hixon Center” or here, “the Center,” for short. Next blog I’ll continue this expedition with the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), a fantastic program within the Hixon Center.

The Hixon Center was created fifteen years ago to encourage local environmental collaboration between Yale and New Haven. Since then, it’s expanded to target global public-private partnerships to improve urban environments. The Center works to advance knowledge of urban environmental issues both through research and by…