People, Equity, and the Environment Specialization

The purpose of this specialization is to give today's professional environmental managers a range of theoretical, conceptual, and methodological skills necessary for understanding how to critique, improve and implement models of environmental management that address historically engrained challenges.

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    For the reasons above, this specialization expands beyond ahistorical and technical training by focusing students on historical processes, power dynamics and changing societal values. We believe that any solution to global environmental problems must consider issues of social equity and human well-being, in addition to environmental sustainability.

    Note that a capstone course used to fulfill the MEM capstone requirement cannot also be used toward fulfilling an MEM Specialization requirement; a capstone course taken once cannot be used to fulfill multiple requirements. Learn more about YSE capstone courses by visiting the MEM Capstone page.

    Program Courses

    Core

    Two core courses required. Choose one course from Group A and one course from Group B.
    Those students who matriculated to the program prior to Fall 2021 may follow the requirement for their entering class of 2 required core courses: ENV 826 & ENV 759.

    Group A

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 759
    Power, Knowledge, and the Environment: Social Science
    Dove
    M 1:00-3:50
      Dove
    Tentative
     

    Group B

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 642
    Environmental Justice/Climate Justice
    Torres
    M,W 10:30-11:50
      Torres
    Tentative
     

    Elective

    Students must take 3 courses from the "Social Sciences and Humanities" and at least 1 course from the "Ecological Sciences"

    Social Science Perspectives

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 561
    Energy Justice Seminar
                   
    ENV 618
    Anthropology of Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries
    Carpenter
    Tu 1:00-3:50
      Carpenter  
    ENV 621
    The Ministry for the Future: Exploring The Science and Politics of Climate Solutions through Fiction
    Sanford
    W 1:00-3:50
             
    ENV 633
    Critical Race Theory
    Torres
    Tu,Th 2:30-3:50
      Torres
    Tentative
     
    ENV 639
    Food Systems and Climate Services
    Hernandez-Aguilera
    Tu,Th 10:30-11:50
             
    ENV 640
    Ethical Consumption: Promoting Workers’ Rights, Fair Prices, and Sustainability
              Robinson
    ENV 645
    Urbanization, Global Change and Sustainability
    Seto
    Tu 1:00-3:50
      Seto  
    ENV 648
    Organizing: People, Power, and Change
              Robinson
    ENV 727
    Global Food Challenges
                   
    ENV 740
    Understanding Environmental Philanthropy: Funding, Financing, and Grant Writing
    Taylor
    Tu,Th 1:00-2:20
      Taylor
    Tentative
     
    ENV 742
    Fundamentals of Working with People
      DeCew   DeCew
    Tentative
    ENV 764
    Sociology of Sacred Values: Modernity, Ecology, and Policy
    Farrell
    Th 9:00-11:50
      Farrell  
    ENV 790
    Managing the Clean Energy Transition: Contemporary Energy and Climate Change Policy Making
    Faculty
    F 9:25-11:15
             
    ENV 821
    Environmental Policymaking: From Local to Global
    Sanford
    M,W 10:30-11:50
      Sanford  
    ENV 828
    Risk Assessment & Management: Climate Change
    Wargo
    M,W 1:00-2:20
      Wargo
    Tentative
     
    ENV 829
    Toward a Net-Zero GHG Future
    Esty
    Tu 4:00-6:50
      Esty
    Tentative
     
    ENV 836
    Agrarian Societies: Culture, Society, History, and Development
    Faculty
    W 1:30-3:20
      Faculty
    Tentative
     
    ENV 839
    Power in Conservation
      Carpenter   Carpenter
    ENV 850
    International Organizations and Conferences
    Boyd
    Tu 1:00-3:50
      Boyd
    Tentative
     
    ENV 857
    Financing Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries
      Kurukulasuriya Kurukulasuriya
    Tentative
     
    ENV 860
    Developing Environmental Policies and Winning Campaigns
    Alt
    M 2:30-5:20
      Faculty
    Tentative
     
    ENV 878
    Climate and Society: Past to Present
    Dove
    Th 1:30-3:20
      Dove
    Tentative
     
    ENV 892
    Introduction to Planning
    Faculty
    M 9:00-11:50
      Faculty
    Tentative
     
    ENV 960
    Urban Climate Solutions Capstone: New Haven Clinic
      Seto   Seto
    Tentative
    ENV 975
    Western Lands and Communities Field Clinic: Research to Practice
      Farrell   Farrell

    Humanities: History, Religion and Ethics

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 636
    Carbon Dioxide Removal
    O’Rourke
    M 2:30-5:20
             
    ENV 774
    Agriculture: Origins, Evolution, Crises
                   
    ENV 775
    Federal Indian Law
      Torres   Torres
    Tentative
    ENV 852
    Food Systems & US Environmental Law
      Lehner        
    ENV 959
    Clinic in Climate Justice, and Public Health
    Faculty
    Th 1:00-2:50
      Faculty
    Tentative
     
    ENV 961
    Environmental Law and Politics: Research and Advanced Topics Seminar
                   
    ENV 970
    Environmental Protection Clinic Policy and Advocacy (Follows Law School Calendar)
    Kysar
    Tu 12:10-2:00
    Kysar Kysar
    Tentative
    Kysar
    Tentative

    Ecological and Conservation Science

    Course Fall 2024 Spring 2025 Fall 2025 Spring 2026
    ENV 626
    Writing for Publication in the Natural Sciences
      Queenborough   Queenborough
    ENV 630
    The Physical Science of Climate Change
      Raymond   Raymond
    ENV 644
    Coastal Environments in a Changing World
    Decker
    Tu 12:00-4:00
      Decker
    Tentative
     
    ENV 659
    The Practice of Silviculture: Principles in Applied Forest Ecology (Friday field trips)
      Ashton   Ashton
    ENV 660
    Forest Dynamics
    Duguid
    Tu,Th 10:30-11:50
      Duguid  
    ENV 677
    Ecological Restoration
              Duguid
    ENV 686
    Synthesizing Science for Policy and Practice
    Bradford
    M 9:00-10:20
      Bradford  
    ENV 705
    Global Climate Change: Simple, Serious, and Solvable
    Denning
    M,W 1:00-2:15
             
    ENV 714
    Ocean Conservation and Sustainability: Policy and Strategies
    Faculty
    M,W 9:00-10:20
             
    ENV 725
    Water, Energy, and Food Interconnections in a Changing Climate
      Saiers   Saiers
    ENV 745
    Global Human-Wildlife Interactions
    Harris
    M,W 2:30-3:45
             
    ENV 752
    Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Forests
    Harris
    M,W 10:30-11:50
             
    ENV 963
    Case Studies in Water Management: Conflict and Cooperation
                   
    ENV 966
    Sustainability Implementation: Change Management in Institutional Settings
    Smiley Smith
    Th 9:00-11:50
             
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