Ken Gillingham's Solar Panel Project

Earlier this month, Ken Gillingham’s paper on “Peer Effects in the Diffusion of Solar Photovolactic Panels” was accepted at Marketing Science, which is often considered the top journal in marketing. There are some interesting results regarding how one’s neighbors influence the decision to install a solar panel, and I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the exciting interdisciplinary work going on here in action.  Gillingham joined the F&ES faculty as an Assistant Professor of Economics during the summer of 2011, and his research interests include environmental and energy economics, transportation economics, econometrics, and energy and climate policy modeling. He covers some very relevant and interesting issues that you may not immediately think of as residing within F&ES, and…

Just wanted to let you know about an exciting new resource/way to get involved as a student here at F&ES… the Yale Environment Review!

The Yale Environment Review (YER) is a new, on-line publication at F&ES and it was recently featured in a Scientific American blog!

It aims to provide an authoritative source of information that bridges the gap between environmentally related academic research and its application to policy and management.  Broadly accessible translations of the primary academic literature are in short supply, yet such communication is necessary for original research to influence public policy and promote more informed decision-making.  YER will provide a forum for producing and disseminating concise summaries of cutting-edge research from around the world that will be of general interest to those…

Graduation snapshots

Graduation time is always both exciting and hectic for university administrators. In our office (Admissions & Financial Aid), we don’t have a main role in graduation activities except to help support (this year, we got to shuttle and hand off instruments to a group of our students who played a song during the ceremony, pass out fancy Yale blue rain ponchos to guests of graduates to stay dry in the well-timed downpours, and offer our congratulations to all of our amazing grads). However, as we say goodbye to the graduating class, we are still working with incoming students for the Fall 2012 term, and already thinking about our future admission cycle and planning recruitment events for the Fall! It is sort of fun at this time of year for us…

One of the most common questions we get here in admissions (from both prospective and admitted students) is “What do your graduates do after graduation?” This is a very important question, and knowing whether or not our Masters programs will set you up to help meet your career goals is not only an important factor for us to consider as part of the admissions process, but also for you to consider when evaluating what program is right for you!

Here at F&ES, CDO, or the Career Development Office, is wonderful. Not only do they provide services to our current students to make them competitive in the job market, but they also continue to advise and help our alumni post-graduation. They help make connections, they provide training to build skill…

Class of 1903

We have an annual tradition here at F&ES going back to our first graduating class in 1902: class pictures! Thought you might enjoy seeing some of our graduates throughout the years. See if you can find some of our famous grads!

http://environment.yale.edu/alumni/classes/…

This week included, there are only four more weeks of classes left in the final semester of the 2011-2012 year!

Acknowledging this fact naturally creates a surge of mixed feelings. Just like so many others, I am looking forward to the approaching summer. It implies a change of scenery, change of daily routine, and a potentially cool internship experience to look forward to. On the other hand, it is easy to worry about not having made the best use of your semester. But, as I have found out, making the most of each semester is easy when you are surrounded by motivated peers, active extracurricular groups and interesting opportunities everyday.

As mentioned in my last post, I was able to engage myself more in school activities

Sage Magazine Holds Young Environmental Writers Contest

Any aspiring environmental writers out there?  Here’s a chance to make a little money and support our very own SAGE magazine…

The student-run SAGE Magazine is sponsoring its first annual Young Environmental Writers Contest.

The magazine is accepting essays, short stories, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, reporting, sky-writing and excerpts from longer works. The contest is intended to generate debate on emerging topics in the environment, natural resources and sustainable living, according to co-editor-in-chief Aaron Reuben.

First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $200. Finalists will be published online and possibly in the annual print publication.

An independent panel of judges will make final selections: author Bill McKibben; Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker; Steve Hawk, executive editor of Sierra…

Hi all – an F&ES alum and current student have started a company to help international students learn about higher education in the US.  A 2010 F&ES graduate from Indonesia blogged about her pre-arrival thought process.  Maybe some of you will find it helpful as you try to figure out what to do now that you have been admitted.

Best,

Angela

http://unicq.net/blog-desc.php?id=116&param=1332190918

Among other “sustainability” goals, Yale is committed to reducing its solid waste by 25%, and increasing its recycling rate by 25%, by 2013.  The Yale Office of Sustainability has embarked on an educational campaign which is informative and fun.  See some of the recent campaign posters here and here.

Not surprisingly, F&ES students are very involved with sustainability activities on-campus, and we hope that you are also passionate about these issues.  You  and/or your employer may already be doing some of these things.  If not, try proposing some ideas, especially if you can tie it to reduced costs and increased benefits for individual employees and the company’s bottom line…

Pair Pioneers Ecology & Religion Program by Liliana Varman

After spending four days by himself in the Mojave desert without access to food, Stephen Blackmer FES ’83 DIV ’12 found his calling. The 49-year-old had spent his life working to conserve New England forests, but said that trip expanded his views on how to protect the environment…

Read full article at:

http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2012/feb/28/pair-pioneers-ecology-and-religion-program/