URI & the Hixon Center's Efforts on the Urban Environment: Part I

From Sarah:

This blog continues my journey to explore the numerous Centers and Programs at Yale F&ES. Over the past month, I’ve told you about the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale and the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy. Today I will share the great Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, (“the Hixon Center” or here, “the Center,” for short. Next blog I’ll continue this expedition with the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), a fantastic program within the Hixon Center.

The Hixon Center was created fifteen years ago to encourage local environmental collaboration between Yale and New Haven. Since then, it’s expanded to target global public-private partnerships to improve urban environments. The Center works to advance knowledge of urban environmental issues both through research and by…

Shark Stanley...in case you haven't heard

Shark Stanley is the big kahuna on the Yale F&ES campus these days. This finned celebrity has grown out of two of our students’ effort to bring the globally urgent issue of shark and ray conservation to the forefront of the hearts of minds of decision-makers everywhere, especially those at the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).

F&ES students Leah Meth and Onon Bayasgalan (both MEM ’13) are the masterminds behind the idea of embodying marine species–sharks and rays–as an innovative means of lobbying for their protection under CITES. 

Their approach, which integrates ecological literacy, policy acumen, and social media savvy, features two major tactics. First, Meth and F&ES classmate Ben Goldfarb, have authored a picture book…

From Sarah:

Welcome, intrepid readers, to Part II of my blog postings about the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP).  This week I’ll discuss the newly formed YCELP student board, the Environmental Protection Clinic, and opportunities for readers like you!

First I should clarify that YCELP offers scholarships and even more programs that I have space to describe.  I’ll summarize with just a few sentences.  Last spring, YCELP awarded two Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy Research Prize Fellowships – each for $7,500.  One prize went to a joint Master’s student with the Yale School of Public Health who is studying water quality near the Marcellus shale development sites in southwestern Pennsylvania.  The other was awarded to a PhD candidate here…

Highlighting the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

From Sarah:

I’m sharing two blog posts with you on the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. This week’s post will describe YCELP’s programs; the second post will discuss the newly formed YCELP student board, the Environmental Protection Clinic and opportunities for interested prospective students!
The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, or YCELP, is a joint initiative of the School of Forestry and the Yale Law School. The Center works with students from these two schools to integrate environmental awareness and ethics with law and policy. YCELP also serves as a hub for members of the Yale community who are interested in environmental law and policy: many of its events are open to and attended by the public.
YCELP operates on three parallel tracks: research, outreach…

Yale Seminar Offers a Chance to See Leading Scholars of Environmental Economics

Timely in its delivery, I just received a news release regarding the lineup of speakers on environmental economics from first year MEM student, Caroline Goodbody. This is a great follow up from Sarah’s coverage of the work of CBEY. I hope you enjoy!

Over the past several of decades the role economics can play in solving environmental ills has gained growing attention. The economists at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies have long been on the forefront of uncovering solutions to environmental problems with a strong research group in environmental and natural resource economics.

Now in its 10th year, the Yale Environmental Economics Seminar provides the opportunity for students and faculty alike to share original research and hear from top economists from around the country. Professor…

CBEY: Helping Enable our Amazing Students

From Sarah:

In my first blog about CBEY, I told you about Aaron Paul’s great experience with CBEY, but there are many more success stories that I would like to share with you!

Last fall, joint F&ES/SOM students Spenser Shadle and Pat Hook worked with CBEY to develop a collaborative faculty student research project on developing a framework for evaluating financial risks in the market for ecosystem services. Spenser and Pat received over $20,000 of funding through Center and connected with professors from both schools to structure and execute their research plan. In addition, Pat and Spenser led a team of Yale students to compete in and win a national competition for the Barrett Foundation Prize. The Prize, given through the National Forest Foundation, is a $50,000 award…

Featured Alum: Lily Zeng and the PhD Program

Happy New Year FES Blog readers! Emily here, and I feel I must first start with a quick apology: it’s been waaaaaay too long since I posted something on here. I know I have many adoring fans (ha! Just kidding!), and I want to make sure you all are getting the info you need to make the right grad school decision. Alas, the holidays got the better of me.

In any case, this week I have another featured alumna to introduce to you: Lily Zeng. I get a lot of questions from perspective students about the PhD program here at FES (either starting the program out right or making the transition from masters student to doc student at FES) and while my office doesn’t have much to do with…

The exciting work of the Center for Business & Environment


Wow! Its been quite some time since we last posted… Between the application deadlines and the holidays, we have been absolutely swamped. I tasked Sarah with doing some blog posts on some of the amazing work that the Centers and Programs are doing here on campus. They are an incredible resource for our students and many are quite prolific in the field!

Sarah started with CBEY. Did you know that in this year’s applicant pool, Business and the Environment was the most popular area of interest selected?

From Sarah:

The Center for Business and the Environment, or CBEY, is a joint initiative of the School of Forestry and our neighbor, the Yale School of Management (SOM).  CBEY (pronounced “see-bay”) examines integrative business approaches to address…

Featured Alum: Agustin Carbo-Lugo, graduate of Mid-Career MEM program, and EPA Attorney

I thought I’d share a quick bio of Agustin Carbo-Lugo, a graduate of our incredible mid-career program. This program is designed for those with at least 7 years of experience in a related field, and is only 1 year long. It has a completely flexible curriculum which means the 24 credits one has to take to graduate are all electives! More information on the mid-career program is available here.

Agustin writes:

I’m an Attorney at the U.S. EPA in Dallas, Texas, working primarily on regulatory matters pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act. The rulemaking process at the Agency requires a multidisciplinary approach that goes beyond the legal counseling we offer to our Air Program, requiring the integration of economic, legal, scientific, and policy factors. As an…