Giving #ClimateThanks This Week

When it comes to the state of the climate, there are plenty of reasons for concern. But there are also reasons for gratitude, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication says.

This Thanksgiving week, the F&ES-based group is using Twitter to call attention to the people and organizations making a difference in the climate fight – and asking others to do the same.

They’re calling it #ClimateThanks.

“With friends and colleagues across the climate community, we are taking a moment to tweet or post who or what we are thankful for in the fight for a safe climate,” the group wrote on its website. “Please Tweet #ClimateThanks and help us raise awareness about the amazing things people are doing and build a stronger…

“The Professional Degrees”

The Master of Environmental Management
The “MEM” is by far the most common degree in F&ES. About twice as many students do the MEM than the other degrees. It has 10 specializations, which you may or may not choose to participate in; business and the environment; climate science, adaptation and mitigation; ecosystem conservation and management; energy and the environment; environmental policy analysis; human dimensions of environmental management; sustainable land management; sustainable urban and industrial systems; urban ecology; water resources management. Specializations can be helpful to carve a path through a master’s degree, especially at Yale where the opportunities, events, and groups can be incredibly overwhelming. Employers see a specialization and have a clearer picture of your skills and knowledge areas. MEM students have some recommended coursework…

Winter is Coming to Westeros

Game of Thrones fans, take note.

Winter is coming to Westeros but we may very well be facing another reality.

Winter. We looked forward to it as kids as we counted down the days to school vacation. It’s what cheers us on as adults as we dive into mountain-loads of work  — the promise of December, crisp air and powder snow. The thrill of skiing, snowboarding, sledding down slopes.  The patience required to build a snowman. What if we can’t share these childhood memories of winter with the next generation? 

Warmer temperatures – caused by the build up of heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere – have significant effects on ice and snow. Athletes Jeremy Jones and Gretchen Bleiler summed it up best when they wrote: …

Just a little trip to Marseille

At F&ES, I’m constantly impressed by the unbelievable opportunities available to students. Ample funding is available for summer internships, hosting speakers, attending conferences, and much more. I got the chance to sit down with Sam Teicher, a fifth-year Master of Environmental Management candidate to talk with him about his most recent FES adventure.

Kaylee Weil: Sam, I hear you just traveled to Marseille, France! Can you tell me why you went there?
Sam Teicher: Of course, I’d be happy to. I was attending IMPAC3, the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress. The Congress is held every four years, and this year it was hosted by the French city of Marseille and the island of Corsica. It was previously held in Washington D.C. in 2009 and the Australian city of…

Salsa 101: Making Sage Sizzle

“One, two, three… five, six, seven,” Susy Oropesa calls out the eight beats (with two pauses) of salsa to a group of 30 students — mostly F&ES, though other graduate students and undergrads as well — in Bowers Hall.

Susy and her fraternal twin sister Cristy, seniors at Yale College, teach salsa dancing class every week in Bowers (the day varies – email americalatina@yale.edu for more information). Beginners learn the basic steps starting at 7:30 p.m. and intermediate level dancers come in an hour later. Anyone can stay the whole two hours, but you must pay attention because the Oropesa sisters move swiftly. They are pros intent on teaching their craft.

Cristy and Susy were born in Cuba, where they first learned to salsa as toddlers, before emigrating to Canada in…

Saving the Oceans by…listening to a panel?

By now, you may have seen blog posts from Mariah Gill, one of Yale F&ES’s “Ocean Angels,” about our efforts to help create a UN-based Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on oceans. I’m another member of the Angels. And while Mariah wrote about some of our more glamorous exploits — meeting UN ambassadors, witnessing the formation of coalitions over brunch — I’m here to talk about some of our more mundane (but no less important!) activities.

In early November, a conference was held at Yale, entitled “Rio+20 to 2015.” If that name doesn’t make a lot of sense to you, that’s understandable. Let me explain. In 1992, an important environmental conference took place in Rio de Janeiro. The full name for the conference is the United Nations…

TGIF- Halloween!

Forestry Club

Prospective students often worry that F&ES is all work and no play; the masters program is two short years and between class, school work and research there’s an awful lot to fit in.  While that is certainly true, ours is nevertheless a very social group of students with a strong sense of community.  This is thanks, in part, to the Forestry Club; a student run group tasked with organizing social functions on campus that are open to the entire F&ES student body.  The club consists of 23 F&ES students who are elected by their peers.  Elections are held at the start of the school year and representatives serve on Forestry Club for the whole of their time at F&ES.  The group puts on weekly TGIF (“Thank…

Course Shopping at F&ES: How it Works

Hello Prospective Students,

We are into the sixth week of the academic year and classes are moving full-speed ahead. With patterns established and the flow of lectures, reading and coursework in place, it’s hard to remember a time when life was in flux as we all selected classes and organized our schedules.

F&ES, like the rest of Yale University, has a “shopping period,” during which students are able (and encouraged!) to sit in on a number of classes to build a schedule that fits best with their academic goals. During this time, which is typically about two weeks long, students can come and go from any number of classes that they are considering (or just curious about), without getting reprimanded by the professor. Classes still progress as normal…

Ashley Duval ('10 MESc) plays on Late Night with David Letterman.

How cool is the F&ES community? Here’s how cool: That was Ashley DuVal (’10 MESc), research assistant to Dean Peter Crane, blasting the trumpet with hiphop supergroup Deltron 3030 on “The Late Show with David Letterman” Tuesday night.

DuVal, who earned extra money performing in South Pacific on Broadway while she was a student at F&ES, was recruited by a friend and longtime collaborator to play a handful of East Coast shows with the band this month, culminating with a “Late Night” performance before a television audience of roughly 3 million people.

“I joked with my husband, ‘I’m just going to try not to fall off the stage,” she said. “And then I got there and realized it was a real risk because they had us on these…

...and then there's East Rock

Hey again! Kaylee here. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve moved from coast to coast several times over the last five years. My trajectory looks kind of like a cross-country ping pong match… California, New Haven, California, and finally, back to New Haven! Without a doubt, one of the things I was most looking forward to was New England fall. I went for a walk the other day to the gorgeous East Rock Park and as I made my way through the East Rock neighborhoods, I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures. Here’s one of Foster Street’s fall foliage…