Just wanted to let you know about an exciting new resource/way to get involved as a student here at F&ES… the Yale Environment Review!

The Yale Environment Review (YER) is a new, on-line publication at F&ES and it was recently featured in a Scientific American blog!

It aims to provide an authoritative source of information that bridges the gap between environmentally related academic research and its application to policy and management.  Broadly accessible translations of the primary academic literature are in short supply, yet such communication is necessary for original research to influence public policy and promote more informed decision-making.  YER will provide a forum for producing and disseminating concise summaries of cutting-edge research from around the world that will be of general interest to those…

Measuring Progress at Rio and Beyond

At the US-Canada Citizens Summit for Sustainable Development March 24-25, I facilitated a group discussion on metrics and indicators for measuring progress toward sustainable development goals. Indicators and targets are mentioned throughout the “Zero Draft” document titled “The Future We Want,” a 19-page document that distills over 6,000 some pages of viewpoints from member states and major groups. This document has been serving as the basis for negotiations, and hopefully will be adopted as some sort of “outcome document” at the Earth Summit in Rio this June.

Graduation snapshots

Graduation time is always both exciting and hectic for university administrators. In our office (Admissions & Financial Aid), we don’t have a main role in graduation activities except to help support (this year, we got to shuttle and hand off instruments to a group of our students who played a song during the ceremony, pass out fancy Yale blue rain ponchos to guests of graduates to stay dry in the well-timed downpours, and offer our congratulations to all of our amazing grads). However, as we say goodbye to the graduating class, we are still working with incoming students for the Fall 2012 term, and already thinking about our future admission cycle and planning recruitment events for the Fall! It is sort of fun at this time of year for us…

One of the most common questions we get here in admissions (from both prospective and admitted students) is “What do your graduates do after graduation?” This is a very important question, and knowing whether or not our Masters programs will set you up to help meet your career goals is not only an important factor for us to consider as part of the admissions process, but also for you to consider when evaluating what program is right for you!

Here at F&ES, CDO, or the Career Development Office, is wonderful. Not only do they provide services to our current students to make them competitive in the job market, but they also continue to advise and help our alumni post-graduation. They help make connections, they provide training to build skill…

Class of 1903

We have an annual tradition here at F&ES going back to our first graduating class in 1902: class pictures! Thought you might enjoy seeing some of our graduates throughout the years. See if you can find some of our famous grads!


This week included, there are only four more weeks of classes left in the final semester of the 2011-2012 year!

Acknowledging this fact naturally creates a surge of mixed feelings. Just like so many others, I am looking forward to the approaching summer. It implies a change of scenery, change of daily routine, and a potentially cool internship experience to look forward to. On the other hand, it is easy to worry about not having made the best use of your semester. But, as I have found out, making the most of each semester is easy when you are surrounded by motivated peers, active extracurricular groups and interesting opportunities everyday.

As mentioned in my last post, I was able to engage myself more in school activities

Sage Magazine Holds Young Environmental Writers Contest

Any aspiring environmental writers out there?  Here’s a chance to make a little money and support our very own SAGE magazine…

The student-run SAGE Magazine is sponsoring its first annual Young Environmental Writers Contest.

The magazine is accepting essays, short stories, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, reporting, sky-writing and excerpts from longer works. The contest is intended to generate debate on emerging topics in the environment, natural resources and sustainable living, according to co-editor-in-chief Aaron Reuben.

First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $200. Finalists will be published online and possibly in the annual print publication.

An independent panel of judges will make final selections: author Bill McKibben; Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker; Steve Hawk, executive editor of Sierra…

Hi all – an F&ES alum and current student have started a company to help international students learn about higher education in the US.  A 2010 F&ES graduate from Indonesia blogged about her pre-arrival thought process.  Maybe some of you will find it helpful as you try to figure out what to do now that you have been admitted.




Guten Tag from Germany! We have finished a series of productive meetings in Hamburg to wrap up our comprehensive energy tour of Germany. Our first two meetings were with innovative city developers, IBA Hamburg and HafenCity. We could tell right away at IBA that city planning is robustly supported politically and financially in Germany. Both organizations were working to redevelop old industrial areas on the Elbe river, the iconic port area of Hamburg. The managing director of IBA showed us the plans for innovative built structures constructed including: A building whose walls were filled with Algae, with the opacity regulated by the amount of CO2 sequestered; a “light active house” design that used principles of the greenhouse to regulate heat while producing more energy then it consumed through solar roofs…

Guten Tag. Our group of FES students has been very productive here in Berlin. Several of our meetings involved ideal partners for the FES community, especially regarding climate change policy and economic planning. Yesterday, we met with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), where we discussed the broad economic impacts of Germany’s decision to replace all nuclear power plants with renewable energy sources within the next 20 years. PIK performs a wide range of climate related study and analysis, and will hopefully become a recurring academic partner with FES. We also met with The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), where we discussed a number of national policy initiatives related to renewable power, energy efficiency, and fossil fuel transmission systems. From an American energy planning perspective, the discussion…