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…

Experts Explore Whether Hydraulic Fracturing is a Bridge to a Clean Energy Future

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, a panel of energy experts converged at Kroon Hall to discuss the future of hydraulic fracturing—an emergent, hotly contested technique of extracting natural gas from rock layers beneath the earth. Between those witnessing the panel live and those tuning in to live stream coverage of the event from our overflow space and around the world, the total audience amounted to roughly 900.

Exploring the complexity of the practice of “fracking,” the panel’s talk culminated a host of fracking-related events sponsored by the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Bringing together experts from academia, industry, and the policy realm, Tuesday’s panel featured a moderated discussion of the gains and risks involved in the nation’s adoption of an energy portfolio including fracked natural gas.

The…

Hydraulic Fracking Panel TOMORROW!

Just a reminder that the hydraulic fracking panel is tomorrow, September 18, 2012 at 4pm eastern. This is going to be an incredible event. Be sure to visit us on campus or tune in via livestream.

You can access the live stream of the event here: http://new.livestream.com/yale and more information about the event here: http://environment.yale.edu/news/article/yale-panel-to-debate-hydraulic-fracturing/. This link also contains a question box for you to submit questions to be answered by the panelists.

Have fun!…

Professor Chertow's greetings from China!

Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of Program on Solid Waste Policy, and Director of Industrial Environmental Management Program, Marian Chertow writes:

Just thought I’d send a quick message from Tianjin, China where I am attending the World Economic Forum’s “Summer Davos” meeting held in China each year. I was invited to present on the Circular Economy which springs from industrial ecology principles. We had a two hour highly interactive session replete with an artist who drew pictures while we spoke and took very colorful notes. All the IE students should enjoy the artist’s view of life cycle thinking – see below. The theme of the overall meeting is “Creating the Future Economy.” I have attended several sessions related to resource management, consumption, and China’s role in the…