Commitment, Distraction or Green Fluff? Debating Science-based Corporate Carbon Targets

The environmental movement has always been plagued by the half-a-loaf problem. Is it better to accept a partial solution to an environmental threat with the possibility that the solution will be the sum total of what is achieved? Or should the partial serving be rejected with the opposite possibility that no progress will be made?

This conundrum plays out in a debate in the Journal of Industrial Ecology over science-based carbon targets for business. In “Science-Based Carbon Targets for the Corporate World: The Ultimate Sustainability Commitment, or a Costly Distraction?” two leading voices on corporate sustainability take aim at emerging calls for a move away from arbitrary goals for corporate reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs). In this approach, companies cut their emissions using targets defined based on a global…

Now Accepting Applications!

My name is Uma Bhandaram and I’m excited to be joining the Admissions Department as the new Recruiter for the 2015 – 2016 season. Mainly because this means I don’t have to leave F&ES or New Haven yet! I’ve had such a great time here.

First, a little bit about me: I’m from Southern California. I completed my undergraduate degree at University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Afterwards, I worked as an environmental consultant in Southern California for a year and a half, interned for a reforestation agency in Haiti for a few months, and traveled around Central and South America for a couple of months before heading to Yale. I’ve grown up and lived in various areas surrounded by the beach, mountains, and desert and, most distinctly…

NatGeo Adventures: An FESer hard at work

Kevin McLean, who is working toward his Ph.D. at F&ES, was featured recently on National Geographic’s “Adventure 5” website, a weekly series in which they ask their adventure friends to share some of their favorite terms for their favorite activities.

McLean wrote about the experience on his blog.

“A few weeks ago I went down to the National Geographic headquarters in DC and had a chance to participate in their Adventure 5 series. They asked a bunch of their Explorers from different fields to explain some of the lingo they use. Their studio was really amazing, I wish I would have taken a picture. They had teleprompter to the side of the camera that made the interviewer’s eyes float right in front of the lens. This ‘mirror mirror…