Highlighting the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

From Sarah:

I’m sharing two blog posts with you on the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. This week’s post will describe YCELP’s programs; the second post will discuss the newly formed YCELP student board, the Environmental Protection Clinic and opportunities for interested prospective students!
The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, or YCELP, is a joint initiative of the School of Forestry and the Yale Law School. The Center works with students from these two schools to integrate environmental awareness and ethics with law and policy. YCELP also serves as a hub for members of the Yale community who are interested in environmental law and policy: many of its events are open to and attended by the public.
YCELP operates on three parallel tracks: research, outreach…

Featured Alum: Sarah Uhl and the Presidential Management Fellowship

Hello FES Blog Readers!! I hope you are all doing well out there, and that the doldrums of winter are not starting to get to you (I myself am quite ready for spring to get here already. Here’s hoping Punxsutawney Phil misses his shadow tomorrow and brings spring a little earlier this year).

I’m back with another featured alum, this time Sarah Uhl (MESc ’12). Sarah worked closely with our environmental health faculty, and has been devoted to reducing toxins in our environment for her entire career. I wanted to speak to Sarah because she is now a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), working for the EPA—an opportunity several of our students have gotten to participate in (or at least those ones interested in working for the federal…

Yale Seminar Offers a Chance to See Leading Scholars of Environmental Economics

Timely in its delivery, I just received a news release regarding the lineup of speakers on environmental economics from first year MEM student, Caroline Goodbody. This is a great follow up from Sarah’s coverage of the work of CBEY. I hope you enjoy!

Over the past several of decades the role economics can play in solving environmental ills has gained growing attention. The economists at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies have long been on the forefront of uncovering solutions to environmental problems with a strong research group in environmental and natural resource economics.

Now in its 10th year, the Yale Environmental Economics Seminar provides the opportunity for students and faculty alike to share original research and hear from top economists from around the country. Professor…

CBEY: Helping Enable our Amazing Students

From Sarah:

In my first blog about CBEY, I told you about Aaron Paul’s great experience with CBEY, but there are many more success stories that I would like to share with you!

Last fall, joint F&ES/SOM students Spenser Shadle and Pat Hook worked with CBEY to develop a collaborative faculty student research project on developing a framework for evaluating financial risks in the market for ecosystem services. Spenser and Pat received over $20,000 of funding through Center and connected with professors from both schools to structure and execute their research plan. In addition, Pat and Spenser led a team of Yale students to compete in and win a national competition for the Barrett Foundation Prize. The Prize, given through the National Forest Foundation, is a $50,000 award…

Featured Alum: Lily Zeng and the PhD Program

Happy New Year FES Blog readers! Emily here, and I feel I must first start with a quick apology: it’s been waaaaaay too long since I posted something on here. I know I have many adoring fans (ha! Just kidding!), and I want to make sure you all are getting the info you need to make the right grad school decision. Alas, the holidays got the better of me.

In any case, this week I have another featured alumna to introduce to you: Lily Zeng. I get a lot of questions from perspective students about the PhD program here at FES (either starting the program out right or making the transition from masters student to doc student at FES) and while my office doesn’t have much to do with…

The exciting work of the Center for Business & Environment


Wow! Its been quite some time since we last posted… Between the application deadlines and the holidays, we have been absolutely swamped. I tasked Sarah with doing some blog posts on some of the amazing work that the Centers and Programs are doing here on campus. They are an incredible resource for our students and many are quite prolific in the field!

Sarah started with CBEY. Did you know that in this year’s applicant pool, Business and the Environment was the most popular area of interest selected?

From Sarah:

The Center for Business and the Environment, or CBEY, is a joint initiative of the School of Forestry and our neighbor, the Yale School of Management (SOM).  CBEY (pronounced “see-bay”) examines integrative business approaches to address…

Last Words of Advice on Preparing Your Application

I recently asked Sarah, our Student Assistant, to write up some last words of advice to those of you putting the finishing touches on your applications. The biggest thing that we want you to walk away with is the idea that the application is many parts to a whole. Therefore, each piece should tell part of a cohesive story as to who you are. The personal statement is probably the best way to pull everything together for us. This is what Sarah had to say (and I’d second all of her advice!):

Ask two new people to read over your personal statement. First, find someone who has applied and been accepted to the program. Then ask another person, whom you respect, but is not a close friend. This close…

Featured Alum: Matt Strausser and...Space Cows?

Hello again, FES Blog readers! Emily again with latest from the Admissions Office.

Applications are trickling in, just before the dam breaks and the flood of just-before-the-deadline applications hits us. Looking forward to the reading season—cozying up with a cup of tea (maybe some hot chocolate?) and some applications, it’s almost like a good book.

This week, I’ve brought another recent alum to the spotlight, Matt Strausser, MEM ’12. We sat down to talk about his time at FES and what he’s doing now, which, like many of our alums, is pretty awesome.

Emily: So, Matt, what do you do these days?

Matt: I am the wildlife biologist on NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.

Emily: Why would a space center need a…

Life as a joint JD/MEM student

From Sarah:

Last fall, I took my favorite law school class. Karl Coplan, an expert in environmental law and the co-director of Pace Law School’s esteemed Environmental Litigation Clinic, taught a course on the Clean Water Act. He ran the course as a simulation: a quarter of the class represented industry, a quarter environmental activists, a quarter government lawyers or scientists, and the last group was administrative law judges. As the class’s EPA General Counsel, I wrote an internal review on a proposed National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit. I felt good about handing that paper in, but I was marked down for allowing chlorine discharge to continue and for limiting too strictly aluminum and manganese discharges.

At Yale this fall, I am taking Physical Sciences for Environmental…

Featured Alum: Dan Berkman and Disaster Relief

Hey Everyone! Hope your Thanksgivings (for U.S. students) were most excellent—filled with good food and good company!

I’m back with the latest from FES, continuing with more Featured Alumni. This time, I’ve got Dan Berkman, MEM ’12, taking some time to talk about his experience at FES, and the work he is now doing on disaster preparedness in Washington, DC (a very, very popular destination for FES alumni).

Dan Berkman was one of my good friends at FES, and he very quickly acquired the name Disaster Dan around campus. Contrary to what you might think, Disaster Dan was so named because of his ability to FIX disasters, not to cause them (usually). While he was at FES, he exemplified the kind of entrepreneurial attitude that does so well at…