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About the School of the Environment

Since 1900, YSE has addressed the world’s most critical environmental challenges through research, practice-based scholarship, and public engagement.

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    Our students are uniquely prepared to face complex environmental challenges in all sectors.

    Students at YSE gain the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to create a sustainable future for themselves and future generations. They are part of 14 master’s and three doctoral programs, including joint- and dual-degrees offered in collaboration with departments and schools across Yale and with external peer institutions. YSE also hosts more than 20 unique centers, programs, and initiatives that foster groundbreaking research, sponsor internship opportunities, and host engaging conferences and events that elevate diverse voices and ideas in numerous fields of study.

    Our internationally renowned faculty lead rigorous coursework across ten learning communities, each focused on a different area of expertise. Their innovative research, completed with students and staff across Yale and within numerous disciplines, is changing how we understand the environment, conservation, and sustainability.

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    Generating Climate Solutions

    While tackling the climate crisis can seem overwhelming at times, Victoria Mansfield ’22 MEM is helping to find answers by overseeing the Climate Solutions Generator, a six-week program run by Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking.

    More than 50 students participated in the program in teams, pitching a solution on issues ranging from food waste to energy.

    “It is motivating to work with teams of students with interdisciplinary backgrounds who are coming together for innovate solutions,” says Mansfield.

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    Dismantling Equity Barriers in Food Systems

    Working with the Good Foods Communities campaign and their partners, YSE students examined institutional supply chains in Buffalo, N.Y. and found that a lack of transparency and discriminatory practices keep minority-owned farms, small-scale producers, and front-line workers at a disadvantage.

    The study,  part of a project for the “Social Justice in the Global Food System Capstone” class, was conducted by YSE students Erica Hellen ’21 MEM, Viola Taubmann ’21 MEM, Avery Siler ’22 MEM, and Abbey Warner ’22 MEM.

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