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We are a community that is all-in on creating a more sustainable world — for ourselves and for future generations
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News

Protecting Our Urban Parks from the Impacts of Climate Change

The Yale School of the Environment is partnering with the Central Park Conservancy and the Natural Areas Conservancy in a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at helping cities develop strategies to manage and mitigate the impacts of climate change on urban parks.

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INNOVATIVE, IMPLEMENTABLE SOLUTIONS

business & the environment

From commercial giants to innovative startups, we help businesses develop sustainable solutions to meet human needs within planetary boundaries.
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climate science & solutions

We provide cross disciplinary training that allows professionals to tackle the urgent challenge of climate change.
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ecosystem management & conservation

We give students the skills to steward and conserve ecosystems, ensuring that human and nonhuman species can coexist across landscapes.
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energy & the environment

We examine ways to effectively meet society’s energy demand, from the pursuit of more sustainable sources to ways of influencing individual choices.
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Research

Efficient Buildings Could Save Thousands of Lives in U.S. Every Year

Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40% of the country’s total energy consumption. By improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, the emissions generated from heating and cooling them could be reduced – preventing thousands of premature deaths every year.

environmental policy analysis

We focus on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of policies designed to address today’s most pressing environmental challenges.
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Efficient Buildings Could Save Thousands of Lives in U.S. Every Year

Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40% of the country’s total energy consumption. By improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, the emissions generated from heating and cooling them could be reduced – preventing thousands of premature deaths every year.

forestry

Building on over a century of leadership in forestry and land conservation, we train professionals to work with people on managing forests.
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industrial ecology & green chemistry

We apply systems thinking to improve the sustainability of industry and production/consumption systems, from creating greener products to improving recycling processes
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Research

YSE Partners with World Bank on Identifying Industrial Symbiosis Opportunities

A new global platform, based on YSE’s research through the Center for Industrial Ecology, will help promote opportunities for reuse of waste material and other resources.

people, equity, & the environment

We teach students to critique and improve the relationship between people and the planet with a focus on deep-seated, systemic challenges.
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urban

We examine the impacts of an ‘urbanized’ world, from effects on resources and biodiversity to public health and climate change.
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water science & management

We impart knowledge needed to safeguard and restore the world’s water resources, while promoting their sustainable use and equitable access.
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Why Yale School of the Environment?

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Experiential Learning

At YSE, education and training extend well beyond the classroom. Participate in our unique summer orientation program, MODs; travel widely for field research and internships; attend global conferences and climate talks such as the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 26).

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Acclaimed Faculty

Working closely with some of the top experts in their fields is one of the advantages of a YSE graduate degree. Our faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of environmental leaders to tackle the world’s most urgent problems.

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Programs & Degrees

The Yale School of the Environment offers a variety of degree programs, many of which can be customized to meet each student’s professional goals, and prepare them for careers in environmental science, management, and policy.

Master’s Program

Application Deadline: December 15th, 2021

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Doctoral Program

Application Deadline: January 2nd, 2022

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CENTERS, PROGRAMS, AND INITIATIVES

From Local to Global

Yale School of the Environment’s more than 20 centers and programs are having immediate impact across many sectors and disciplines. They also provide students with numerous opportunities to gain hands-on clinical and research experience.
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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative (JEDSI)

Examining the relationship between social inequalities, lived experiences, and environmental outcomes

JEDSI focuses research, teaching, and practice on our environmental history, diverse voices in the environmental movement, and better pathways forward.

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Center for Industrial Ecology (CIE)

An organizational focus for an emerging field

The Center for Industrial Ecology develops and promotes research, teaching, and outreach about how resources are converted to products, the pollution that comes from these processes, and opportunities to reduce resource use and pollution.

The Forests Dialogue (TFD)

Bringing together stakeholders on complex forest issues

For more than two decades, TFD has coordinated ongoing, multi-stakeholder conversation and trust building to resolve forest-related conflicts across the world.

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC)

Mapping U.S. opinion on climate — down to the local level

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication tracks Americans’ perceptions of climate change at the state, congressional district, and county levels.