Reduced-Impact Forest Management: A Pragmatic Solution for Conservation in the Tropics

In November of 2017, I had the incredible experience of participating in a week-long renowned forest management course in the northeastern Brazilian Amazon. The intensive field course is offered by the Tropical Forest Institute (IFT – Instituto Floresta Tropical), whose reduced-impact forest management system is widely held to be Brazil’s gold standard. IFT trains participants in all stages of its system, with an emphasis on practical, on-site experience. Over the course of the week I developed a comprehensive understanding of tropical forest management, and was challenged to face a conflict that arose within me regarding the use of pristine forests for timber production in the name of conservation.

On November 18, I arrived in Belém, the capital of the state of Pará, where I met the 25 forestry…

How São Paulo State Bill can be a turning point for Brazil’s waste management policies

As Brazil struggles to balance environmental leadership and economic growth, São Paulo State took an important step towards shifting the burden of post-consumer waste management from taxpayers to manufacturers. This could be a watershed moment for expanding infrastructure for post-consumer recycling in Brazil.

Starting this week, manufacturers located in São Paulo that don’t incorporate post-consumer recycling through “take-back” policies could be punished with heavy fines and even have their operation suspended. For example, if LG produces smartphones in São Paulo and the company fails to create a system to collect part of the discarded smartphones from consumers — and then recycle or dispose of them — the whole LG plant could be shut down in São Paulo State. This becomes relevant as not only is the state the biggest…

Financing Climate Change Adaptation: insights from Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

This piece is part of a series of posts looking to highlight the Global, Interdisciplinary and Entrepreneurial character of F&ES. It’s hard to keep track of all the initiatives students are involved in, and we hope to provide a spotlight for them. For prospective students who wish to know more, and current students who wish to have their work featured in this series, please email: fesinfo@yale.edu

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At a time when global climate change negotiations are aiming to determine the world’s priorities, 2018 and 2019 have become landmark years to decide on the future of finance, adaptation, technology transfer, capacity-building, nationally determined contributions, and the future of the Paris Agreement as a whole…

Connecting F&ES to Mexican prospective students

Written by Fabiola Hernandez Alvarez ’19 M.E.M.

This year, I spent quite a different Thanksgiving break. Instead of enjoying a delicious dinner with my dear F&ES friends in New Haven, I was in Guadalajara (my hometown) enjoying Mexican dishes and tequila with my family and closest friends. I traveled home and visited my alma mater, ITESO University (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente), where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering in 2011. Many memories came to mind as I was walking through ITESO’s student halls and its astonishing gardens.

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At ITESO I met with students in the environmental engineering program to share a little bit of my experience at F&ES with…

F&ES at the ISO New England Facility!

Interested in the electric industry? Fifteen students from the F&ES course, “Electric Utilities: An Industry in Transition,” trekked north to visit the ISO New England (ISO-NE) facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts. ISO-NE oversees the operation of New England’s bulk electric power system and transmission lines. The visit allowed students to learn more about New England power prices and the current condition of energy supply in the region. Stephen J. Rourke, the Vice President of Systems Planning, and Molly Connors, the External Affairs Representative, provided students with a personal tour and presentation regarding ISO-NE. Students learned about load forecasting, emergency preparedness responses, and regional solar and wind generation.

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Afterwards, students were able to see the ISO New England control room which houses…

Building a Greener Belt & Road

This piece is part of a series of posts looking to highlight the Global, Interdisciplinary and Entrepreneurial character of F&ES. It’s hard to keep track of all the initiatives students are involved in, and we hope to provide a spotlight for them. For prospective students who wish to know more, and current students who wish to have their work featured in this series, please email fesinfo@yale.edu.

When it comes to the potential ramifications of international development and trade, F&ES students Tina Huang M.E.M. ’19 (China), Kate Logan M.E.M. ’20 (United States) and Nicholas Lo M.E.Sc ’19 (Hong Kong) share the goal of creating awareness among their peers, by making sure they spread dialogue in the U.S. about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a Chinese…

Exploring Pacific Northwest with the Society of American Foresters (SAF)

Written by Vinzenz Held,

I am Vinzenz, Master of Forest Science candidate at the Technische Universität München, (Technical University of Munich) and I will spend one year at F&ES studying forestry. Before starting school, I worked on ecological hunting concepts and integrative conservation concepts in temperate forests with the Bavarian state forest. Afterwards, I was in Uganda, where I worked on a reforestation program with the German-based nonprofit “Fairventures Worldwide”.

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to attend the 2018 Society of American Foresters (SAF) convention in Portland, Oregon. I was lucky enough to attend many interesting presentations, some of which included the latest research from my peers at F&ES and to connect with forestry professionals from all over the United States. The presentations were all designed around…

New Admissions Student Assistant, Sundara Bhandaram

Hello, my name is Sundara Bhandaram and I am a first year MEM student specializing in business and the environment. I am the newest student assistant with the Yale F&ES Admissions Office. Over the last two months, I have been able to dive into F&ES classes, culture, and life and I am incredibly honored and grateful to be a part of this wonderful community.

I was born in Hyderabad, India and moved to Southern California six years afterwards. Growing up in Southern California I loved being so close to the Pacific Ocean. However, I was always reminded that we lived in the desert as we had many water scarcity issues. There were many summers where we had water restrictions in place and I became intrigued by water issues in…