Nerves and impasse in the wake of Hurricane Maria

“Javier, how are your friends and family?” was for a while the question many asked me at Yale F&ES. Every time felt sincere and I appreciated it. Two weeks had not passed before some people found themselves asking it again. Wait, was that the same hurricane?

Summer Reflections: A Love Letter to Puerto Rico

Back in August, I wrote a sun-bathed reflection about my experience this summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When Hurricane Irma hit, I updated the story to highlight the critical role Puerto Rico was playing as a hub for staging and coordinating aid for its neighbors. Then came Maria.

The photos and stories of an island ripped apart, of people (who, by the way, happen to be U.S. citizens) left without running water, power, and reliable communication for weeks now, and the agonizing slowness of getting desperately needed resources to the people who need them is a jarring manifestation of how far we haven’t come with preparedness for the type of natural disasters that climate change is already producing. As a neighbor, we have a responsibility to…

Students getting ready for LinkedIn photos ! 
Photo credit: CDO

Above photo: F&ES students wait to have their LinkedIn photos taken. Photo credit: CDO

Like a lot of students, when I was thinking about going back to school to get my masters, I was worried about taking “time off” from my career. I’d spent six years in the workplace, and was worried that I would lose momentum and valuable professional connections. Just a few weeks out from finishing up my courses here, I’ve found that this hasn’t been the case at all. In fact, my time at F&ES has been a tremendously advantageous, resource-rich networking experience.

Right off the bat, first years are introduced to staff from the Career Development Office (CDO) at orientation. F&ES has three full-time staff who make themselves available from the start, meeting with…

FES in Ghana

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Spring break is a notorious time for adventure. At FES, many students take the opportunity to travel all over the country and around the world for Yale coursework. About 40 of us participated in various Global Network Weeks, an offering through the School of Management and its partner institutions as part of the Global Network for Advanced Management.

Taking a minute to talk about living in New Haven, Connecticut.

Hello, and welcome to F&ES. My name is David McCarthy; I am a second-year MEM student and a lifelong CT resident who has lived in New Haven since 2008. I’m studying climate change adaption through the lenses of resiliency, conservation, strategic communication, and policy. I work for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the Office of Admissions and would to take a minute and talk about living in New Haven, Connecticut.

More widely, CT is a very diverse state with a lot to offer regarding food, scenery, city and rural life. We are smack in the middle of Boston and New York City, two great destinations if you’ve never been. I have driven through almost all of CT’s counties, cities, and towns, and each one is very…

F&ES in Patagonia and Santiago, Chile

Over the winter break, Jessica Leung (MEM ’17) and Ross Donihue (MEM ’18) travelled to Chile for 2 weeks as part of the Environmental Protection Clinic, a course cross-listed at F&ES and the Law School. The course is an interdisciplinary clinic that addresses environmental law and policy problems on behalf of client organizations such as environmental groups, government agencies, and international bodies.

Their client was Futaleufú Riverkeeper, a non-governmental organization in Chile dedicated to protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the Futaleufú watershed, located in northern Patagonia. More about them here.

The team spent the fall semester working with the organization’s International Director, Patrick Lynch, to do a research project on hydroelectric power and clean energy policy in Chile. Chile currently relies on hydropower for…

Fuels Reduction!

When Monte Kawahara, an FES alum and forester for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) visited New Haven last fall to speak to the Fire Science and Policy class, his perspective on mitigating fire risk and battling wildfire on BLM lands in California sparked the interest of Leana Weissberg, a 2nd year Master of Environmental Science candidate. When Leana spoke with Monte after class, seeking advice on paving a career path in western forest ecology, Monte pitched an idea that would provide hands-on experience in western forest management issues: a month-long student-led trip to work on BLM lands in California.

FES students jumped at the chance to gain insight into western forest ecology issues and field experience within a federal land management agency. Four students, Emily Dolhansky (MFS ’18) Leonora…

HELLO FROM STUDENT ASSISTANT, DAVID E. MCCARTHY

HELLO FROM STUDENT ASSISTANT, DAVID E. MCCARTHY

Hello, my name is David McCarthy, and I am a student worker with F&ES’s Office of Admissions. I’d to take a moment to reach out, introduce myself, and share my F&ES experience.

A little about me:

I am a lifelong Connecticut resident and have I’ve been living in New Haven since 2008.  So, feel free to ask me anything about New England, CT or New Haven. I am a second-year Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) student. The MEM program is the largest program.  It’s sort of a – what do you want to do in the world of environmentalism, and here are the tools to get you there – kind of program.  While there are formal specializations, the MEM program…

F&ES / CDO Washington D.C. 2017 job trek

Last week, F&ES’s Career Development Office (CDO) hosted a job trek to Washington D.C., and it was amazing! One hundred graduate students traveled into the nation’s capital to meet with chief environmental organizations. It was an incredible opportunity to be inside their headquarters, meet with their human resources departments, learn about internship and hiring practices, and speak F&ES alumni who live and work in DC.

The trek was very well organized and getting there was easy. Many of us carpooled or took the train. Lodging and accommodations were also easy to find, as many of our gracious alumni offered up their couches and spare bedrooms. I stayed with Theodore Varns, Green Growth Landscapes Program Advisor at The Nature Conservancy. He was very courteous and hospitable, and he provided me…

The Carbon Footprint of Capital

We think of capital, the assets we use in production, as heavy: machines, buildings, infrastructure, trucks and railroads. Being composed mostly of cement and steel, we would expect their production to cause a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. In a new paper, published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, we offer a first detailed analysis of the carbon footprint of gross fixed capital formation across countries and sectors. The picture that emerges is interesting because of some small surprises.

First of all, capital is big. Capital formation constitutes about one-quarter of gross global product in monetary terms. It causes about 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Leaving it out is a pretty big oversight.

Second, capital formation varies across countries. The country with the highest capital…