At COP21 in Paris, the big story will be about cities. Cities are leading on climate change, and use local climate action plans to prioritize strategies to reduce their emissions – including through land use and transportation planning. I’m interested in how cities are acting on climate because when we have an international climate agreement, local actions will be among the most successful ways to stop global warming.
This past Friday, F&ES students entertained their fellow classmates and showcased their talents! Above, a group of second-year students model their high-fashion-and-function field clothes on the F&ES catwalk.
As the admissions recruiter, I get asked the same types of questions all the time. And after almost two months on the road and countless emails later, it’s time for a FAQ blog post. In no particular order:
- Should I reach out to faculty?
YES! Regardless of what degree program you’re applying for, I think it’s always a great idea to talk to faculty. For one, faculty members are accessible and responsive (mostly!). Two, it’s a good way to introduce yourself to your potential adviser and get a feel for that relationship. And three, faculty sometimes take a leave of absence or go on sabbatical; so if you have your heart set on working with a particular faculty member, this would be the way to find out…
It’s officially fall at F&ES! I am surrounded by beautiful changing leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, and…the pre-Thanksgiving craziness!
It seems like yesterday was shopping period and I was frantically trying to choose my classes. Today I am hurriedly working on final projects and problem sets. The time has flown by. The past couple months have been filled with returning to “school” mode, working on group projects, and making some wonderful new friends.
This is also a time for reflection, as I am already a fourth of the way through my graduate degree. I polled some of my friends about advice they might have for new students and how to best tackle the fall semester at FES.
“Don’t kill yourself trying to do it all.” – Britain Richardson, MEM…
FES is a very culturally diverse community. We have 97 international students representing 39 countries. If we list all the holidays of the countries that people are from, almost everyday is a public holiday.
If you are an FESer, you should not miss every week’s social event, TGIF (Thank God I’m a Forester). Yes, instead of celebrating Friday, we celebrate being Tree Huggers! And especially don’t miss the international TGIF, an annual event to present and celebrate multiculturalism in our community!
On Oct. 16th, international TGIF kicked off at 5:30pm. We had 34 countries represented. 44 national flags were hung around Bowers Auditorium. 853 photos were collected from our international student community and presented in a 27-minute long slide show. 184 songs from all over the world were…
F&ES is a great place to be if you’re interested in energy. In just two months there have been countless opportunities to get involved in the energy sphere, including career events, classes, and speakers on campus.
A few weeks ago I officially signed my return contract to NRG, so I’m not one to frequent many career events. However, I did go to the FES/SOM Energy Networking Night hosted at the School of Management a few weeks ago. There were seven employers present: Eversource, CT Green Bank, Coalition for Green Capital, KEEA, EDF Climate Corps, PA Consulting, and CT DEEP. It was fun to get dressed up and schmooze with representatives from these organizations. And of course, I enjoyed eating bounties of cheese and drinking wine with my fellow energy-minded…
Phosphorus (P) scarcity is the subject of
considerable research and debate. P studies, however, have yet to include the aquaculture and fisheries sectors, thus eliminating the possibility of assessing their relative importance and identifying opportunities for recycling. A recent study looks at flows of phosphorus in fisheries, aquaculture, and agriculture in Norway.
Results indicate that, contrary to most other countries where agriculture dominates, in Norway, aquaculture and agriculture drive P consumption and losses. This suggests that there are opportunities P recycling across sectors that could help address the mineral P demands of agriculture.
The research also illustrates the value of material flow analysis and systems perspectives that are at the heart of industrial ecology. See the article in Yale F&ES’s Journal of Industrial Ecology at http://bit.ly/JIE-P-fish.
The Master of Forestry (MF) degree trains students for professional careers in forest resource policy and management, and prepares them to work in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Students spend the summer in between their first and second years at F&ES completing internships in the field, gaining experience and learning to be leaders in forest management. Below are a few of their stories from summer 2015.
Yoni Glogower: Great Mountain, CT
Yoni spent this summer creating a field book characterizing the natural and human history of the Great Mountain Forest in Northwestern Connecticut. Using historical maps and land inventories, Yoni interpreted interesting sites, comparing forest compositions, land use histories, and unique natural communities, like lichen-covered balds, bogs, and wildflower-covered talus slopes. Yoni is completing a…
The Journal of Industrial Ecology, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal, owned by Yale and based at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has just published a special issue, Frontiers in Socioeconomic Metabolism (see bit.ly/JIE-SEM). The title is a bit daunting, but topic is compelling, and worthy of some explanation.
In 1994, Robert White, then the president of the US National Academy of Engineering, identified the emergence of a new field, industrial ecology. He described industrial ecology as
the study of the flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities, of the effects of these flows on the environment, of the…
At F&ES, when professors say they are teaching a certain topic or skill “that will be useful to you in the real world,” it’s a reminder that we are here not just to learn technical information, but to develop the capabilities we need to work in dynamic settings.
Since the beginning of MODS and well into the school year, I have worked in many groups and this is not a coincidence. By design, our classes and extracurricular activities require us to work together to solve problems, be it small or large. The expectation is that by training us in this setting, we will be ready to dive right into any professional team environment after graduation.
Recently, I have realized this training has taught me more than just working…