Sara Smiley Smith

Program Manager, EVST; PhD Candidate

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Contact

Mailing Address
Yale School of Forestry &
Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
USA

 

Degrees

BA, Environmental Studies (Political Science Concentration), Middlebury College (2004) MESc, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (2007) MPH, School of Public Health, Yale University (2007)

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About

I graduated from Yale University's joint masters program between the School of Epidemiology and Public Health and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2007 earning both an MPH and MESc. I am now pursuing a doctoral degree at FES, focusing on issues of sustainability and innovation diffusion.  While completing my degree, I am working as the Program Manager for the Yale College Environmental Studies Program overseeing day to day administration, and working with core faculty on new course development and strategic planning.  Over my time at Yale, I have also had the opportunity to work in the university's Office of Sustainability. My work as a research assistant in this office centered around three main projects. I worked to improve the move-out recycling and reuse efforts on the undergraduate campus known as Spring Salvage, increasing collection volume from 18 Tons in 2005 to 54 Tons in 2007. This project presented a number of opportunities to observe systemic shortcomings and implement strategic improvements.  In 2008, I had the opportunity to envison and implement an internally focused Yale Sustainability Summit. This series of campus wide events was designed to share sustainability efforts taking place around campus, celebrate achievements, and stimulate conversations and new ideas about how to continue to improve Yale's sustainability. Finally, I led two teams of graduate students in a pilot project seeking to understand how Yale's Athletics Department and University Health Services could improve the sustainability of their operations.  This cooperative effort helped to illuminate many of the operational opportunities and challenges to sustainability on an institutional campus.  Prior to arriving at Yale, I received my B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Political Science from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT in 2004. I spent my childhood on the remnants of my family's dairy farm in the small town of Winslow, Maine.