FES in Ghana

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Spring break is a notorious time for adventure. At FES, many students take the opportunity to travel all over the country and around the world for Yale coursework. About 40 of us participated in various Global Network Weeks, an offering through the School of Management and its partner institutions as part of the Global Network for Advanced Management.

During Global Network Week, students travel to a networked business school abroad to take a one-week intensive course on a specific topic. This spring break, students went to Vancouver, the Philippines, Costa Rica, and Ghana. Our course in Accra, the capital of Ghana, was focused on “Urban Resilience in the Global South.” In our group, FES was the predominant…

Taking a minute to talk about living in New Haven, Connecticut.

 

Hello class of 2019,

Welcome to F&ES! My name is David McCarthy, I am a second-year MEM student and a lifelong CT resident who has resided in New Haven for the past nine years. I study climate change adaption through the lenses of: resiliency, conservation, strategic communication and policy.

I want to take a minute and talk about living in New Haven, Connecticut and tell you how great my home state is! CT is a very diverse state with a lot to offer in regards to food, scenery, city and rural life. We are smack in the middle of Boston and New York City, two great destinations. I have driven through almost all of CT’s counties, cities and towns, each one is very different from the…

F&ES in Patagonia and Santiago, Chile

Over the winter break, Jessica Leung (MEM ’17) and Ross Donihue (MEM ’18) travelled to Chile for 2 weeks as part of the Environmental Protection Clinic, a course cross-listed at F&ES and the Law School. The course is an interdisciplinary clinic that addresses environmental law and policy problems on behalf of client organizations such as environmental groups, government agencies, and international bodies.

Their client was Futaleufú Riverkeeper, a non-governmental organization in Chile dedicated to protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the Futaleufú watershed, located in northern Patagonia. More about them here.

The team spent the fall semester working with the organization’s International Director, Patrick Lynch, to do a research project on hydroelectric power and clean energy policy in Chile. Chile currently relies on hydropower for…

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…

Water and Climate Change: Are Humans Prepared to Adapt to Growing Challenge?

The link between water and climate change is palpable, yet it had never been addressed during a meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) until this year in Morocco. On this occasion, an entire day — fostered by the Moroccan Kingdom — was dedicated to water. But water is still not an important part of global climate negotiations. Although it is included in the “Nairobi Work Programme” — formed in 2005 to “facilitate and catalyze” the development and dissemination of information on the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change — many countries are blocking the inclusion of water because it would mean trans-boundary catchment negotiations, collaboration and planning, and affect sovereignty or geopolitical positions.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognizes that water is…

Last week, newly released data by the Climate Change Institute from the Arctic confirmed that, yet again, winter temperatures in the North Pole have reached unprecedented highs. This year, the temperature is 36 degrees Fahrenheit above the historic average. This is already greater than what many experts consider a tipping point that could lead to climate and security impacts on a global scale. In the face of a drastically changing climate, it is even more imperative that we as environmentalists not just collect information, but also question how exactly we are contributing to creating a more sustainable future.

This week, a group of concerned students, alumni, faculty, and staff from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Science added their voices to a growing number of environmental…

Watching the events unfold at Standing Rock has felt something like an out-of-body experience. I am seventeen hundred miles away, watching safely from my living room. But every picture and every story that comes out of Standing Rock hits with such impact that the great distance seems negligible.

I am a child of the Dakotas. I was born in North Dakota. I spent almost every holiday and summer in the Badlands of North Dakota, or with family in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When I was young, my family moved to the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada, but we stayed close, just a few miles above the border. My childhood memories of the Dakotas and the Canadian prairies have blended, forming idyllic vignettes of golden sunsets, gorgeous but fierce…

F&ES Treks to Quito, Ecuador

During the October fall break, a group of roughly 30 students from three Yale graduate schools (FES, School of Management, and Public Health) traveled to Quito, Ecuador. The majority of these students were FES-ers, who 1) attended the UN Habitat III conference as accredited stakeholders and 2) either presented research related to urban resilience or participated in a consultancy project.

The UN Habitat III conference was a unique occurrence. It is an event that only happens every 20 years, where national and subnational governments gather to discuss urban development. In this past Habitat, the New Urban Agenda was adopted. This is a guidance document that will dictate how urbanization will occur worldwide, and encompasses many areas including but not limited to social inclusion, ending poverty, environmentally sustainable…

You may have noticed the ofrenda (altar) in Sage Lounge for El Dia de Muertos, (or El Dia de los Muertos) the Day of the Dead. EQUID students invite the FES community to share in this tradition.

During El Dia de Muertos (October 31st- November 2nd) it is said that the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is thin. Death is honored as a part of life, and the holiday is seen as a joyous opportunity to be reunited with those who have passed on.

During our formal opening of the altar on November 2nd, staff and students brought the names and memories of loved ones into the space, verbally, tacitly, or with small items placed on the altar. One FESer…

Save the Date: New Directions in Environmental Law Conference in 2017

Yale’s New Directions in Environmental Law Conference will be held on Feb. 24-25, 2017 at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). The conference, now in its seventh year, produces stimulating and innovative solutions to key environmental challenges and draws large student participation.

The New Directions in Environmental Law Conference is an annual conference jointly hosted by F&ES, the Yale Environmental Law Association (YELA), and Yale Law School (YLS). One of the largest student-run conferences at Yale, NDEL brings together over 350 students, academics, policymakers, and practitioners from across the country for a dialogue each year centered around a specific theme. The conference theme for 2017 is “Environment, National Security, and Human Rights.” Through this theme, we aim to advance a discussion of how environmental change can…