National Geographic: F&ES Grad Discusses China's Role in the Ivory Trade

Before graduating from F&ES last month, Gao Yufang M.E.Sc. ’14 focused his studies on the global ivory trade, with an emphasis on the complex role of his native China.

Gao — who will return to China this month, along with two African conservationists, to explore the country’s ivory markets — recently spoke with National Geographic about the complexities of the ivory market and the role of young people in curbing the slaughter of Africa’s elephants.

He also talks about why he decided to focus on this issue in the first place.

When I came to Yale in September 2012, everyone was talking about ivory trade. As a Chinese in the U.S. who understood how the conservation community in China works, I was seeing a great gap…

Anastas: 'An Important Positive Step by EPA and President Obama'

Two years ago, Paul Anastas returned to Yale after a stint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development.

So when the EPA today unveiled a new plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, it was particularly meaningful for Anastas, a professor of chemistry at F&ES and director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.

In one of the most significant climate policy initiatives in U.S. history, the EPA introduced a draft rule that officials say would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by as much as 30 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.

In a statement, Anastas called it “a great day for our children…

Earth Day Texas

Howdy, y’all!

Last week, amidst a flurry of final papers and the chaos of the end of the semester, Kaylee Weil, my classmate and fellow Admissions assistant, and I called a timeout and took off to Dallas for the weekend.  Along with Kristin Floyd from the Development and Alumni Office, we got to represent the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Earth Day Texas, which is being held at Fair Park, home to the Texas State Fair.  Even though the Ferris wheel wasn’t running, it was nevertheless a great weekend.

Earth Day Texas, formerly Earth Day Dallas, is a growing annual event.  Although only a few years old, it is already one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the country.  The free…

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 (…