New Student Profile: Pamela Soto

Pamela Soto is the sole graduate of Yale College in this year’s first-year class at FES. She is in the 5-year program, which allows Yale College students to complete their degree at FES in just a year. Pamela deferred a year before coming to FES and returned to her hometown of New York City to work with the New York City Parks and Recreation Department. She worked in communications for the Bronx River Alliance, which focuses on the ecological restoration of the Bronx River. They’re working on acquiring parkland along the river and turning it bit by bit into a greenway. Pamela did outreach and helped to create maps of parkland in the Bronx.

Pamela was an Environmental Studies major and focused on international environmental policy. Since the EVST…

New Student Profile: James Albis

James Albis has roots in the New Haven area. Born at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he grew up and currently lives in East Haven. His family has a long history of community involvement. His mom was a teacher and then served on the East Haven Board of Education. His father helped run mayoral campaigns, and was himself elected Judge of Probate in East Haven. Their work inspired James to become involved in local politics. He has served as a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly since 2011. As a state politician, James has been very active in environmental issues.  He was appointed vice chairman of the Environment Committee, and serves on the Speaker’s Taskforce on Shoreline Preservation.

James studied economics at NYU before becoming a state representative. He became…

New Student Profile: Dr. Albert Barume

On a warm August morning, the day before the start of fall semester classes, I sat down to chat with Dr. Albert Barume, a member of this year’s incoming class. Albert is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but has spent the last four and a half years working for the UN in Geneva as part of the International Labor Organization, where he worked on indigenous and tribal issues. He has a long history of working for indigenous people’s rights. He has a PhD in international human rights law with a focus in minority and indigenous rights. Prior to his time at the UN, he worked for several years in Congo on a project to create community forest legislation. This legislation, he told me, has finally…

Introducing our New Recruiter: Recent Alum Maclovia Quintana

 

Greetings!

My name is Maclovia Quintana, and I’m the new recruiter for the FES admissions office. I graduated from FES this past May with a Masters in Environmental Science, and this fall I’ll be meeting with prospective students on campus and in cities across the US in order to let you all know about the great opportunities available at FES and about how to apply!

I grew up in Santa Fe, NM, but I did my undergrad degree at Yale College, so I’ve been in New Haven for quite a while now. My academic focus at FES was on small-scale agriculture in northern New Mexico. Working with Professor Carol Carpenter, I used environmental anthropology as a lens to approach the question of how small-scale farming in…

National Geographic: F&ES Grad Discusses China's Role in the Ivory Trade

Before graduating from F&ES last month, Gao Yufang M.E.Sc. ’14 focused his studies on the global ivory trade, with an emphasis on the complex role of his native China.

Gao — who will return to China this month, along with two African conservationists, to explore the country’s ivory markets — recently spoke with National Geographic about the complexities of the ivory market and the role of young people in curbing the slaughter of Africa’s elephants.

He also talks about why he decided to focus on this issue in the first place.

When I came to Yale in September 2012, everyone was talking about ivory trade. As a Chinese in the U.S. who understood how the conservation community in China works, I was seeing a great gap…

Anastas: 'An Important Positive Step by EPA and President Obama'

Two years ago, Paul Anastas returned to Yale after a stint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development.

So when the EPA today unveiled a new plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, it was particularly meaningful for Anastas, a professor of chemistry at F&ES and director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.

In one of the most significant climate policy initiatives in U.S. history, the EPA introduced a draft rule that officials say would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by as much as 30 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.

In a statement, Anastas called it “a great day for our children…

Earth Day Texas

Howdy, y’all!

Last week, amidst a flurry of final papers and the chaos of the end of the semester, Kaylee Weil, my classmate and fellow Admissions assistant, and I called a timeout and took off to Dallas for the weekend.  Along with Kristin Floyd from the Development and Alumni Office, we got to represent the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Earth Day Texas, which is being held at Fair Park, home to the Texas State Fair.  Even though the Ferris wheel wasn’t running, it was nevertheless a great weekend.

Earth Day Texas, formerly Earth Day Dallas, is a growing annual event.  Although only a few years old, it is already one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the country.  The free…

Final Thoughts

Wednesday was my final day of classes.  Ever.  I finished up four years of intensive law and graduate school and walked away from the Forestry School, feeling a bit dumbfounded.  This was the first semester in which I had no final exams and so I was able to finish up two final papers, one final project, and a final team paper and presentation by 5:20 pm Wednesday evening.  I did not feel elated but I was definitely ready to move forward with my career.  I would like to take this blog space to reflect on my experience in the joint program and share with you my recommendations and lessons learned.

 

First, I must say that I believe I made the right decision in applying and finishing the…

Celebrate Green: Yale Plants An 'Urban Meadow' on Science Hill

Earth Day arrived early on Science Hill today as students and staff members from across campus joined the F&ES Environmental Stewardship Committee and the Yale Grounds crew in planting native wildflowers along Whitney Avenue.

The day-long planting project is part of the larger “Urban Meadows” initiative at Yale that promotes biodiversity, improved air quality, reduced stormwater runoff, and a more beautiful campus and city.

The flowers are being planted along a berm located between Edwards Street and the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

“The berm is a very visible strip of land that ties one of New Haven’s biggest avenues to an area of Yale that for many years was just an unsightly parking lot,” said Lisa Fernandez, assistant director of the Yale Project on Climate…