Learning outside of the classroom--a series on our SIGs

Our fabulous student assistant, Sarah, is working on a series highlighting some of the work that our Student Interest Groups (SIGs) are doing at the school. SIGs are a vibrant part of the community, and a way for students to get involved, bring speakers to campus, take field trips, and investigate disciplines and topics in more depth. If there isn’t a SIG that meets your needs, you can create one! To see the list of all of our current SIGs, visit the following website: http://environment.yale.edu/sigs/. Today’s focus is on CAFE, our food and agriculture group. Sarah writes:

CAFE, the Coalition on Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, is a space for students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as the university at large, to come…

I wanted to share another great alumni profile. Hugh also writes about his experience in the midcareer program below:

Hugh Brown is currently the Operations Manager of the Forest Services Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana. His responsibilities include the planning and coordination of the development and management of forest plantations country-wide. Hugh has over 18 years’ extensive experience in tropical forest management. He has been involved in the establishment and management of various exotic and indigenous commercial and community-based hardwood timber plantations – teak being the most prominent. He has held several middle-level management positions as Assistant Conservator of Forests and District Forestry Manager in different forest districts across the country covering various forest ecological zones. He has held his current senior management position since September, 2004…

Featured Alum: Agustin Carbo-Lugo, graduate of Mid-Career MEM program, and EPA Attorney

I thought I’d share a quick bio of Agustin Carbo-Lugo, a graduate of our incredible mid-career program. This program is designed for those with at least 7 years of experience in a related field, and is only 1 year long. It has a completely flexible curriculum which means the 24 credits one has to take to graduate are all electives! More information on the mid-career program is available here.

Agustin writes:

I’m an Attorney at the U.S. EPA in Dallas, Texas, working primarily on regulatory matters pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act. The rulemaking process at the Agency requires a multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the legal counseling we offer to our Air Program, requiring the integration of economic, legal, scientific, and policy factors. As an…

Greetings, prospective students! My name is Sarah Wegmueller, and I am a joint MEM/JD candidate at Yale’s School of Forestry and Pace Law School. I’m happy to offer insight about the joint master’s/law program, but first I thought I would tell you a bit about myself. My family has a Brown Swiss dairy farm in Monroe, Wisconsin, and I grew up milking cows, selling sweet corn, unloading hay, and performing other typical farming tasks. I majored in Political Science/International Relations, and minored in Mandarin Chinese and East Asian Studies at Carleton College. After I graduated from Carleton, the travel bug bit me hard, and I spent time wwoofing in Corsica, interning in Shanghai, and sailing the Pacific Ocean. I also worked for two years at the Environmental Law Institute in…

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…