At COP21 in Paris, the big story will be about cities. Cities are leading on climate change, and use local climate action plans to prioritize strategies to reduce their emissions – including through land use and transportation planning. I’m interested in how cities are acting on climate because when we have an international climate agreement, local actions will be among the most successful ways to stop global warming.
This past Friday, F&ES students entertained their fellow classmates and showcased their talents! Above, a group of second-year students model their high-fashion-and-function field clothes on the F&ES catwalk.
As the admissions recruiter, I get asked the same types of questions all the time. And after almost two months on the road and countless emails later, it’s time for a FAQ blog post. In no particular order:
- Should I reach out to faculty?
YES! Regardless of what degree program you’re applying for, I think it’s always a great idea to talk to faculty. For one, faculty members are accessible and responsive (mostly!). Two, it’s a good way to introduce yourself to your potential adviser and get a feel for that relationship. And three, faculty sometimes take a leave of absence or go on sabbatical; so if you have your heart set on working with a particular faculty member, this would be the way to find out…
It’s officially fall at F&ES! I am surrounded by beautiful changing leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, and…the pre-Thanksgiving craziness!
It seems like yesterday was shopping period and I was frantically trying to choose my classes. Today I am hurriedly working on final projects and problem sets. The time has flown by. The past couple months have been filled with returning to “school” mode, working on group projects, and making some wonderful new friends.
This is also a time for reflection, as I am already a fourth of the way through my graduate degree. I polled some of my friends about advice they might have for new students and how to best tackle the fall semester at FES.
“Don’t kill yourself trying to do it all.” – Britain Richardson, MEM…
FES is a very culturally diverse community. We have 97 international students representing 39 countries. If we list all the holidays of the countries that people are from, almost everyday is a public holiday.
If you are an FESer, you should not miss every week’s social event, TGIF (Thank God I’m a Forester). Yes, instead of celebrating Friday, we celebrate being Tree Huggers! And especially don’t miss the international TGIF, an annual event to present and celebrate multiculturalism in our community!
On Oct. 16th, international TGIF kicked off at 5:30pm. We had 34 countries represented. 44 national flags were hung around Bowers Auditorium. 853 photos were collected from our international student community and presented in a 27-minute long slide show. 184 songs from all over the world were…
The Journal of Industrial Ecology, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal, owned by Yale and based at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has just published a special issue, Frontiers in Socioeconomic Metabolism (see bit.ly/JIE-SEM). The title is a bit daunting, but topic is compelling, and worthy of some explanation.
In 1994, Robert White, then the president of the US National Academy of Engineering, identified the emergence of a new field, industrial ecology. He described industrial ecology as
the study of the flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities, of the effects of these flows on the environment, of the…
At F&ES, when professors say they are teaching a certain topic or skill “that will be useful to you in the real world,” it’s a reminder that we are here not just to learn technical information, but to develop the capabilities we need to work in dynamic settings.
Since the beginning of MODS and well into the school year, I have worked in many groups and this is not a coincidence. By design, our classes and extracurricular activities require us to work together to solve problems, be it small or large. The expectation is that by training us in this setting, we will be ready to dive right into any professional team environment after graduation.
Recently, I have realized this training has taught me more than just working…
As a first-year MESc (’17) student and member of the EQUID (Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity) Committee here at Yale F&ES, I can tell you that we’ve had a busy few weeks here on campus. A sample of some recent F&ES diversity-related activities you might have missed:
Reverend Lennox Yearwood and the Hip-Hop Caucus
On Tuesday, September 29, Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hip Hop Caucus, spoke in Burke Auditorium as part of the F&ES speaker series Diverse Voices: Environmental Leaders on Climate Change. In a rousing sermon that inspired a standing ovation, Reverend Yearwood drew connections for the audience among energy generation from fossil fuels, racist responses to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, asthma and air pollution in communities of color…
Is industrial ecology the science of the circular economy?
In “Strategies for Manufacturing,” the seminal article in 1989 that is often identified as marking the beginning of industrial ecology as a research field, Robert Frosch and Nicholas Gallopolous (1989) analogized industrial ecosystems to biological ecosystems. The set of ideas based on an ecological analogy in varying degrees and forms has been examined, elaborated and increasingly adopted in many guises. Most recently, the circular economy has captured the imagination of many in the environmental world. China enacted a law for the promotion of the circular economy in 2008, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has played a pivotal role in engaging the business community, and the European Union is formulating a circular economy strategy as a socio-economically promising means to achieve resource…
The Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee at the School of Forestry is a group of students, faculty, and staff committed to cultivating an inclusive atmosphere at FES, challenging systems of oppression, and fostering a space where a diversity of ideas, values, and perspectives are welcomed and respected.
This year the committee is excited to put on cultural celebrations, community dialogues, and workshops to enhance the role of the School of Forestry in developing culturally competent leaders and driving the discourse of diversity and equity in the environmental field.