HELLO FROM STUDENT ASSISTANT, DAVID E. MCCARTHY

Hello! My name is David and I am a student assistant at the Yale F&ES admissions office.  We are all excited to engage with you about your application and inquiries.  I am happy to speak with anyone about anything F&ES! I look forward to meeting with some of you as you reach out to learn more and visit our college. I am actually a Connecticut local and have been living in New Haven since 2007.  So feel free to ask me anything about New England, CT or New Haven life!

I am a second year Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) degree candidate.  The MEM program is largest program as it is the most general.  It’s sort of a, what do you want to do in the world of environmentalism…

F&ES / CDO Washington D.C. 2017 job trek

Last week, the Career Development Office (CDO) of F&ES hosted a job trek to Washington D.C. and it was amazing! One hundred graduate students traveled into the nation’s capital to meet with chief environmental organizations. It was an incredible opportunity to be inside their headquarters, meet with their human resources departments, learn about internship and hiring practices and speak F&ES alumni who live and work in DC.

The trek was very well organized. There was planned carpooling as well as gracious alumni who offered up spare rooms to put us up for a few days. I stayed with Theodore Varns, Green Growth Landscapes Program Advisor at The Nature Conservancy. He was very courteous and hospitable, he provided me with a bike share and a metro card! We were able…

The Carbon Footprint of Capital

We think of capital, the assets we use in production, as heavy: machines, buildings, infrastructure, trucks and railroads. Being composed mostly of cement and steel, we would expect their production to cause a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. In a new paper, published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, we offer a first detailed analysis of the carbon footprint of gross fixed capital formation across countries and sectors. The picture that emerges is interesting because of some small surprises.

First of all, capital is big. Capital formation constitutes about one-quarter of gross global product in monetary terms. It causes about 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Leaving it out is a pretty big oversight.

Second, capital formation varies across countries. The country with the highest capital…