Two students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) have been named recipients of Switzer Environmental Fellowships, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.
’17 M.E.M./J.D. and Logan McCoy
’17 M.E.M./M.B.A. are among 20 students
to receive the honor.
The environmental fellowship program is a core program of the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation
, a nonprofit organization that invests in individuals and organizations that drive positive environmental change across a range of disciplines. Fellows are selected from universities across New England and California.
Recipients receive a $15,000 award for academic study and leadership training. The Yale scholars also join a network of more than 560 Fellows located across the U.S. and the world.
Dena Adler is a joint degree student pursuing a Masters of Environmental Management at F&ES and a JD at Yale Law School. At Yale, her research focuses on galvanizing new legal opportunities to advance climate change solutions, especially by coordinating and connecting policies across local, national, and international jurisdictions. In the lead up to the 2015 international climate change negotiations, she worked with the Yale Climate Change Dialogue and the City of Paris on designing a political declaration linking mayors, governors, and other sub-national leaders to the UN’s Paris Agreement. During her time in law school she has worked on policy issues related to the Clean Power Plan at the Environmental Defense Fund, on legal campaigns to protect national forests and the Arctic at the Earthjustice Juneau, Alaska office, and with the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President.
Prior to beginning her degrees at Yale, she worked at Union of Concerned Scientists conducting climate change outreach to citizens and scientists. She graduated from Brown University in 2011, with honors in environmental studies for her thesis exploring policy strategies to manage climate change impacts in the American West by framing issues to engage broader stakeholder support.
Logan McCoy is a joint Master’s degree candidate in Environmental Management and Business Administration at F&ES and the Yale School of Management. He is interested in the crucial role of business in achieving a more sustainable future and in lowering barriers for action within the private sector. His graduate studies focus on sustainability metrics, supply chains, and stakeholder engagement within consumer goods companies.
McCoy has worked with a diverse range of organizations including Patagonia, New Belgium Brewing Company, and 1% for the Planet. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Institute for Community and the Environment, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy and sustainable watersheds and forests by investing in the well-being of rural communities in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. He is a native of Northern California and holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.