F&ES Class Helps Get New Haven Green Infrastructure Project 'In the Ground'

Earlier this year, a group of F&ES students traveled down the I-95 corridor, from New York to Washington, to explore how four major cities are using “green infrastructure” to handle storm water runoff. In each city they received an important piece of advice: Just get projects built.

“What all these cities helped us understand was the importance of getting projects in the ground, just to see how they function in your own city,” said Caitlin Feehan M.E.M. ’14, who helped organize the research trip.

This week, the students can say they’ve helped New Haven put its own project in the ground. The research they conducted as part of their class, F&ES 963: Payments for Ecosystem Services, helped inspire plans for new green projects in the Elm…

Twitter Campaign Helps Yale Project Spread Important Climate Message

During the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) found an effective way to generate a buzz in the global climate debate: Add a hashtag.

More than 2,600 Twitter users responded to the YPCCC’s challenge to give “#ClimateThanks” on the popular social media site, posting nearly 8,000 tweets about individuals and groups making a difference in the climate fight. Those tweets generated more than 25 million timeline deliveries, and reached more than 7.2 million unique followers.

Participants included high-profile climate scientists, U.S. lawmakers, journalists, non-governmental organizations and thousands of individuals who simply care about climate issues.

“All in all, the campaign far exceeded our expectations,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. “I was…

LAST MINUTE TIPS!

Our application deadline is quickly approaching! Only a few days left until December 15th and we can feel the nerves pouring through.

1) Proof read! This is my number 1 tidbit for applicants. It doesn’t matter how last minute your application is, take the time to proofread it and have someone else proofread it. It doesn’t particularly matter who other proofreaders are – your personal statement should be pretty readable by anyone. It’s about you, your goals, your career ambitions, and why you want to come to F&ES. It shouldn’t be overly technical, or, conversely, overly vague. My friend, Amy “the grammar queen” proofread my application and helped me take out unnecessary portions, showcase my writing skills, and clarify unclear sections. I can’t stress this enough: your personal statement…

The Reality of Grad School

Hello Prospective Foresters,

It’s exam period here, so I thought I would use my perspective as a beleaguered first year masters student to offer you (what I hope is) some cogent advice on your grad school plans.  At exactly this time last year (literally to the day) I was in the exact same position that you probably currently find yourself in.  I was working a full time and on weekends and evenings I was crafting application essays, trying to pull myself out my workload far enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  When I was about halfway through the application process, I called home to vent about my essays.  During this conversation my mom pointed out that what I was working on was not 1…

Knowledge Crosses Oceans at the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress

I traveled to the port city of Marseille, France, to attend the Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3), expecting to be immersed for several days in formulating policy recommendations that would have little practical impact on marine management. Ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and plummeting fish stocks were all familiar topics from my years working in Hawai‘i with a climate change research program, and I anticipated spending hours rehashing these issues with conservation professionals who daily fight an uphill battle, rather than forging meaningful solutions.  On all counts, I could not have been more wrong.

My journey to IMPAC3 began months before I set foot in Marseille when I applied to work with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) as part of the International Organizations and…

Interview with our Sustainability Cup Winner and Joint Degree MBA, Rachel Mak!

Vanessa: Hey Rachel! Thanks for sitting down with me and telling all these prospective students about your experience before and after F&ES. How about you tell us what you did before F&ES and how you chose to come here?

Rachel: Sure! I graduated from Harvard in 2010 and was an environmental science and public policy major. I knew when I graduated I wanted to go into the sustainability field, but as I was interviewing for jobs, it became really apparent I didn’t have the skillset I needed to get my dream job. So, I decided I wanted to go to grad school, but I wanted a bit of life experience first. I always wanted to go abroad, so after I graduated, I moved to Shanghai and worked in mergers…

Grassroots Organizing in a #FlatWorld: Technology Lessons from a Slum in Nairobi

If you live in one of the world’s poorest places, you probably do not have running water, raw sewage might flow past your door, and doubtlessly your government ignores you. Yet, you get the same 140 characters on Twitter as Barack Obama.

Last week I drove north from the upscale city center of Nairobi, veered right off the Thika Superhighway onto a dirt road, and suddenly found myself crowded in by shoddy metal shacks, people, and piles of trash. This is Mathare, Nairobi’s second-largest slum, where approximately 1/2 million (the more exact number is uncertain) live in extreme poverty in the middle of one of Africa’s biggest cities. Electricity, garbage pick-up, newspaper delivery, and running water do not reach many of the houses or storefronts in Mathare, but the…

Wait; what's it like to be a forester?

At the end of October, I had the chance to attend the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Conference
in Charleston, South Carolina. As a Master of Environmental Science (MESc) grad, it was fun to hang out with forestry students and alumni and hear about their experiences. I got a chance to sit down with some Master of Forestry (MF) students and hear about their experience on Forest Crew over the summer.

Forest Crew is a program that manages the Yale Forests with oversight by Professor Mark Ashton. Yale owns 10,880 acres of forestland in New England, including the Yale-Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut. This mixed hardwoods forest is at the heart of the last significant undeveloped area in the DC to Boston metropolis, nicknamed the “Quiet Corner” as it…

Photo: Mariusz Patalan/Climate Centre

On Saturday November 16th was the first day of Development and Climate Days (D&C) at COP19. D&C Days, an extremely participatory event, was hosted by the GEFJICARed Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCCC), IIED and ICCCADI, along with my team partners at Yale, Verner Wilson and Rex Barrer,co-facilitated climate change games at D&C Days. We interned with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre as a component of the International Organizations and Conference Class that we are taking at at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In this post I want to share my reflections on how D&C Days, with an innovative conference approach, positively inspired participants to take action on climate change.

At D&C Days the first session of talks was about a diverse range…

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…