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…

Gary Dunning of The Forest Dialogues will convene a workshop on Facilitating Multi-stakeholder Dialogues, as part of the 19th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters.  The workshop will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013, 3:15-5pm, in Burke Auditorium of Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT.

Workshop topic–

Conflicts related to forests are complex, persistent and range widely across scales, time frames, players, and goods and services. Particularly challenging are the inequalities in power, resources and capacity of those with a stake in the forests, which can create fundamental stumbling blocks to finding solutions. Multi-stakeholder dialogue (MSD) processes can significantly reduce conflict among forest stakeholders and greatly improve outcomes by engaging divergent actors in the pursuit of common action…

Anna Herforth, of the Division of Nutritional Science at Cornell University, will give an opening lecture on Friday, January 25, the first full day of the 19th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters.  The talk will take place at 9:15AM in Burke Auditorium of Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT.

About the Speaker– Anna Herforth is a consultant specializing in nutrition as a multisectoral issue related to agriculture and the environment. She consults for the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and USAID’s SPRING project. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University. She has worked with universities, nonprofit organizations, agencies of the United Nations and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) on nutrition policy…

Frances Seymour, Former Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) will give the keynote lecture of the 19th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6pm in Burke Auditorium of Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT.

About the Speaker–  Frances Seymour is currently a Senior Advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. From 2006 to 2012, she served as Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), an international organization headquartered in Indonesia. She led the development of a new strategy for CIFOR, guided the launch of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, and contributed to CIFOR publications on forests and climate change. Prior to CIFOR…

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…

From January 24th to January 26th, 2013, Yale’s chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters will host a conference, “Food and Forests: Cultivating Resilient Landscapes,” which will assess the complexities of building equitable and resilient food systems while facilitating  tropical forest conservation. The conference will commence with a keynote speech delivered by Frances Seymour, the former Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research and will feature a workshop on facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues led by Gary Dunning of The Forests Dialogue. For more information and to register please visit: http://www.yale.edu/istf/ and http://forestsandfood.eventbrite.com/. Please register by January 15th.

After driving by artificial islands, sprawling construction, and manicured gardens in the desert, it would be easy to approach the Qatar Sustainability Expo with some skepticism. However, after a closer look at this country, one can see a very real problem that regional governments and companies are trying to solve. Sustainability for Qatar and the region is more than a buzzword. It is a necessity.

Qatar’s vulnerable future

The pavilion, like all things United Nations, was massive. At the center of the hall was a hospitality tent in the shape of the Zubara Fort, built in 1938 and most recently a station for the coast guard. The Expo’s free food provided our class with sustenance throughout the day when overpriced conference center food was not an…

Obama’s Second Term – The World Awaits Much Needed Leadership on Climate Change

“We want our children to live in an America that […] isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” Many still remember this brief, yet hopeful and encouraging moment during Obama’s acceptance speech after his re-election in November.  Observers hoped that Obama and his administration would bring much needed leadership from the top in addressing climate change issues during the UNFCCC COP18 Summit in Doha. Yet, the conference is now done and dusted, and the United States was again among the array of developed countries to block the progress with an unwillingness to commit to collective mitigation and adaptation goals. In fact, the second largest emitter has since scored not one, but four of the Fossil of the Day “Awards” civil society doles…

“She’s welcome to stay for as long as she likes” my mother says when I ask her if I could bring a friend home to stay over for winter recess “we now have daily water supply”, she adds triumphantly.

Provision of water to households in Bangalore, India’s sixth largest city and my parents’home city, is at best erratic and at worst non-existent. The state owned water and sewerage works department, BWSSB supplies water to the city’s 8.45 million inhabitants. The supply runs (or trickles in, especially during the summer months) for only a few hours every day and for a few days a week. The volume of water delivered per day totals 0.34 billion gallons. New York City delivers 1.2 billion gallons of water per day to its 8…