Celebrate Green: Yale Plants An 'Urban Meadow' on Science Hill

Earth Day arrived early on Science Hill today as students and staff members from across campus joined the F&ES Environmental Stewardship Committee and the Yale Grounds crew in planting native wildflowers along Whitney Avenue.

The day-long planting project is part of the larger “Urban Meadows” initiative at Yale that promotes biodiversity, improved air quality, reduced stormwater runoff, and a more beautiful campus and city.

The flowers are being planted along a berm located between Edwards Street and the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

“The berm is a very visible strip of land that ties one of New Haven’s biggest avenues to an area of Yale that for many years was just an unsightly parking lot,” said Lisa Fernandez, assistant director of the Yale Project on Climate…

What is Sustainable Beef?

“What is sustainable beef?” asks Jena Clarke M.E.M. ’15. “Is it a product, a process, an ethic? Is it a niche in the market? Or does it have to be the whole market?”

This semester, Clarke and Heather West M.F. ‘15 M.B.A. ’15 organized a speaker series that has brought agricultural experts to F&ES to address these fundamental questions about the future of cattle grazing. Drawing on decades of professional experience, the speakers have explored the concept of sustainable beef and discussed practical solutions to agriculture’s environmental impacts.

The Sustainable Beef talks conclude on April 16 at 4:00 pm in Bowers Auditorium with a panel of three New England beef producers and regional industry professionals, adding valuable local perspectives to the series.  After the panel, students, panelists, and…

Moving to New Haven

Dearest New Admits,

Many of you have expressed curiosity and interest in how to best secure housing in New Haven. Rest assured, there are many great options here – you won’t be homeless! Let’s talk location, timing, living space and price, and search sites.

First, the majority of Forestry students live in East Rock, a quiet residential area of New Haven. East Rock reaches from Whitney Avenue on the west to the railroad tracks and Interstate 91 on the east and southeast, and from Hamden on the north to Trumball Street on the south. The East Rock neighborhood, named in honor of the traprock ridge East Rock, a short jog and 350 foot climb away. It’s a fantastic area with a couple of small groceries such as Nica’s…

Expedition to City of the Sun: En Route to the World Urban Forum

The band City of the Sun, who recently headlined at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale, is self-described as a convergence of blues, flamenco and indie-rock guitar. Like many bands, City of the Sun came together on the sidewalks of New York City, but their music is as eclectic as their members who hail from Ecuador and Israel. The band shares its name with the 17th century book The City of the Sun, written by Italian philosopher Tommaso Campanella about the utopian city, which he described as an ideal community where all types of work have equal dignity and all possessions are shared.

Spring Break on St. Thomas: A Look at Caribbean Coastal Development

Over spring break, Prof. Gaboury Benoit’s Coastal Caribbean Development class traveled to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to study firsthand the impacts and processes of coastal development. St. Thomas presents an interesting case study for tourism and development due to its high volume of tourists, limited resources, and vulnerability to hurricanes and climate change.

St. Thomas has an interesting history and culture. Originally owned by the English and then the Danish, it served as an important center for shipping and sugar cane production. After about 100 years as an independent port, the U.S. government purchased the island for strategic purposes during the First World War. Since then, it has remained a U.S. territory. However, the culture of the island is far from homogenous. From its time as…

Westies Full blown, Friday, April 4

Hello Prospective, Admitted and would-be-Westy Students,

The Admissions Office has told me that I can write about one of my favorite topics – the Westies!  In your reading about F&ES, hopefully you have come across the wide array of Student Interest Groups (aka “SIGs”) that we have here at the school.  SIGs span the spectrum of interests from energy to water to religion, to name a very few of the 29 active SIGs.  If you can find two other people who share your interest, there is probably a SIG for that; they are as diverse as the student body itself.  Don’t think there’s a SIG for your area of interest?  Don’t worry!  This academic year alone, students at F&ES started three new SIGs (…

Thoughts from Haiti

Hey there, sorry for the long hiatus from blogging! It’s a crazy time of the school year, as you might guess. Over break, I was fortunate enough to travel to Haiti with an F&ES class. It was an incredible experience and I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you all. I wrote this thought journal on March 12, about halfway through our 10-day trip. I hope you enjoy! Please let me know in the comments section if you have any questions about the trip or our work there. I’ll be posting more about that trip soon.

What comes to mind when you think of Haiti? Disaster, degradation, and dystopia, as the title of Michael Dove’s class suggests? The earthquake? Hunger? Poverty? What about culture? Music?…

Too Abundant to Disappear? Not Quite: The Lessons of the Passenger Pigeon

During the mid-19th century, the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird species in North America, if not the world, with a population believed to number in the billions.

Traveling in formations that might be impossible to imagine today, the bird was ubiquitous across New England, the Midwest and parts of Canada, darkening the skies over major cities and sometimes halting human activity in its tracks with the roar of hundreds of millions of flapping wings, says author Joel Greenberg, author of the new book A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction. In 1860, a British soldier in Ontario recorded a flock whose passage overhead lasted 14 hours.

“Forty years later, they were gone from the wild. Fourteen years after that they were…

Celebrating Women and the Environment: International Women’s Day at F&ES

Women make up over half of the world’s population and nearly 60 percent of the F&ES student body – yet, when it comes to women environmental leaders the numbers do not match up. When asked who is an inspirational environmental woman, who comes to mind? Rachel Carson, Wangari Maathai, Christiana Figueres, Barbara Boxer, Frances Beinecke… the obvious answers seem to dry up fast.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Yale Environmental Women, an F&ES student interest group, pushed people to think further about women who have influenced the environmental field – in science, academics, politics, art, and life. After some prodding (and snacks), we collectively came up with a list that spanned across the globe, across F&ES faculty, and back to ourselves.

Here are some of the…

CEID: A Hidden Gem

When I left Yale in May 2012, the first floor of Becton Engineering Center was home to the engineering library. Upon returning to Yale in fall 2013, an amazing new space had popped up in its place!

When you walk inside, you’ll find that Becton is now home to the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), a space for students and faculty to learn, create, and share. According to the CEID website, the CEID is a whole of many parts:

  • A Physical Space: The CEID gives students and faculty tools and resources for classes, design projects, and collaboration.
  • A Bustle of Activity: The CEID hosts engineering design courses, workshops, lectures, networking events, and exhibitions.
  • A Diverse Community: Students, both undergraduate and graduate