Quizzes during Quarantine: Community in a time of COVID

Authored by Sundara Bhandaram (MEM Candidate, Class of 2020)

Last Thursday, FESers from across the world got together for a virtual trivia session hosted by the FES Student Affairs Committee!

Trivia was co-hosted by the delightful Andie Creel, MESc Class of 2021, and the lovely Regina Harlig, MEM Class of 2020! The two ladies quizzed fellow peers, staff and faculty members about their knowledge of world politics, pop culture, environmental topics, FES history, and music.

There were 13 teams made of students, staff and faculty members with clever team names including  “Razzmatazz”, “Murder Hornets”, “The Woods!”, “Shakshuka on Fridays”, “Kareem’s Dream Team”, “Emerald Ash Borer Destroyers”, “Cruz Control”, and “69 Unread WhatsApp Messages”. Plus the “Bidet of Reckoning” and “Totally Wearing Pants rn” who won extra points for…

SAGE Stories

Authored by Sundara Bhandaram (MEM Candidate, Class of 2020)

“Thank Goodness I’m a Forester” has been an integral part of the social fabric of F&ES. As such, even within the bounds of social distancing the school has found a way for students to continue having TGIFs. This past Friday, members of the F&ES community got together for a Zoom TGIF session and were able to individually pick up free meals from local New Haven restaurants!

In addition to getting together to celebrate the end of the Semester, students were entertained by the first ever virtual rendition of “SAGE Stories”. Every semester SAGE Magazine holds a “SAGE Stories” storytelling series which allows the community comes together to listen, be heard, and connect. Each series has a unique theme which allows participants to hone and craft their stories…

The Power of Puzzles While Staying at Home

Authored by Taryn Akiyama (MEM Candidate, Class of 2021)

COVID-19 has altered many aspects of life for Yale F&ES students—attending virtual classes, wearing masks to the supermarket, staying six feet from others on the street—but it has especially transformed the nature of social connections.

F&ES is a uniquely close-knit community, so the global pandemic has significantly shifted how students engage. Forestry Club, which organizes community-wide social events, brainstormed ways to bring joy to students in lieu of Tacky Prom and the End of the Year Party, which had to be cancelled.

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Figuring that others like me might turn to puzzles as a form of relaxation while indoors, I decided to create puzzles for the student body. It…

FES: Sustainable Finance in the Virtual Era

Authored by Sundara Bhandaram (MEM Candidate, Class of 2020)

As F&ES students returned from spring break to online courses, the community has found creative ways to continue engaging with industry thought leaders! This past Friday, the Business & Environment Learning Community hosted “Financing Sustainability: The Citi Bank Way”. This Zoom session was led by Bruce Schlein who is the Director of the Citi Impact Fund and F&ES alumn Eliza H. Eubank the Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management. They spoke with students about their experience working at the largest global bank on sustainable finance.

Prescribed Fire at Yale Myers Forest

Authored by Elizabeth Himschoot (MEM candidate, Class of 2021)

While some students might think spring break is for late mornings and relaxation, some opportunities are too good to pass up when they present themselves, even with an early morning start. Prescribed burns are weather-dependent and can be difficult for students to attend during the normal academic calendar. So, after a short, early morning drive to the Yale Myers Forest, our team of student volunteers strapped water tanks to our backs and completed a thorough safety briefing. Under the direction of trained professionals, we then slowly ignited a meadow, contributing to its nutrient cycling and habitat diversity while selectively managing for Oak and Hickory regeneration.

Job Tips and Vibe Checks: FES in DC 2020

Authored by Mads O’Brien (MESc candidate, Class of 2020)

I recently returned from FESinDC, an annual job trek orchestrated by the Career Development Office (CDO), where over 80 current F&ES students descended upon the US capital for two days of visiting potential employers. The site visits change every year based upon student preferences, but this year’s organizations included 18 nonprofits, think tanks, consulting firms, and government agencies.

GreenBiz 20 in Scottsdale, AZ

Greetings from the Southwest! I spent the first week of February in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona attending the GreenBiz 20 Conference. This conference brings together 1,500 sustainability leaders — from business, government, academia and NGOs — to explore the latest sustainable business trends and form valuable connections. As a current student, it was the perfect venue to learn more about current practices and network with leaders in the field. In addition, as a Californian it was a nice change of pace to be back in the Southwest during the middle of a New England winter.

Greetings from 300 Prospect Street!

Hi there! My name is Lori Lombardo and I am excited to have joined the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies as the Assistant Director of Admissions, Events & Recruitment. I come here after having spent three and a half years working at the Office of Admission at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, NY. While a member of their team, I worked with students from all over the country – recruiting heavily in California and Texas – and working with majority first generation and minority students. Aside from working directly with these students, I also managed all admission events,  marketing and communications and was responsible for driving their Premier Scholarships and Programs.

Prior to my time at CMSV, I was a student at Lafayette College…

Meet one of the newest Assistant Director of Admissions!

Hello! My name is Kelly Morrissey and I’m delighted to join the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as the Assistant Director of Admissions, Communications, and Marketing. I come to F&ES from the University of Bridgeport Office of Admissions with experience in several roles over the last six years including recruitment, admissions communications, and serving as a key administrator of the CRM. I’m eager to connect with prospective students to share what F&ES has to offer and to guide applicants through the enrollment process.

I grew up in Shelton, Connecticut and have visited the Peabody Museum of Natural History on many occasions. The city of New Haven was my home when I completed my undergraduate studies at SCSU and so I’m excited to return and explore this amazing city…

WELCOMING THE NEWEST F&ES ADMISSIONS AMBASSADOR, DAVID J. SOLOMON

Howdy everyone,

My name is David J. Solomon, a second-year Master of Environmental Management (MEM) candidate specializing in Business and the Environment at F&ES and a new Admissions Ambassador for the F&ES Admissions Office. My interests exist at the intersection of entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability, with a longstanding and deep passion for China and the role Chinese investments can improve environmentally development strategies for projects in China, as well as overseas through the country’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).