When China met East Africa at F&ES:  Learning a Global Perspective on Research

During the Alumni TGIF (“Thank Goodness I’m a Forester” event at F&ES) last October, I shared with Gao, a Ph.D. candidate from China, my interest in learning about the environmental footprint of Chinese investments overseas. Despite my passion, I had little experience in the topic at the time and had no idea where to start looking for resources. Gao immediately introduced me to Dr. Helen Gichohi, the McCluskey Fellow at F&ES, at the Alumni Event. Helen is a renowned scholar from Kenya and wildlife conservation field practitioner – also former President of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). I expressed my interest to Helen and made quick connections with her along with two other classmates, American and Ugandan students who shared a similar passion for the subject. As our interest overlapped with…

Reduced-Impact Forest Management: A Pragmatic Solution for Conservation in the Tropics

In November of 2017, I had the incredible experience of participating in a week-long renowned forest management course in the northeastern Brazilian Amazon. The intensive field course is offered by the Tropical Forest Institute (IFT – Instituto Floresta Tropical), whose reduced-impact forest management system is widely held to be Brazil’s gold standard. IFT trains participants in all stages of its system, with an emphasis on practical, on-site experience. Over the course of the week I developed a comprehensive understanding of tropical forest management, and was challenged to face a conflict that arose within me regarding the use of pristine forests for timber production in the name of conservation.

On November 18, I arrived in Belém, the capital of the state of Pará, where I met the 25 forestry…

How São Paulo State Bill can be a turning point for Brazil’s waste management policies

As Brazil struggles to balance environmental leadership and economic growth, São Paulo State took an important step towards shifting the burden of post-consumer waste management from taxpayers to manufacturers. This could be a watershed moment for expanding infrastructure for post-consumer recycling in Brazil.

Starting this week, manufacturers located in São Paulo that don’t incorporate post-consumer recycling through “take-back” policies could be punished with heavy fines and even have their operation suspended. For example, if LG produces smartphones in São Paulo and the company fails to create a system to collect part of the discarded smartphones from consumers — and then recycle or dispose of them — the whole LG plant could be shut down in São Paulo State. This becomes relevant as not only is the state the biggest…

Financing Climate Change Adaptation: insights from Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

This piece is part of a series of posts looking to highlight the Global, Interdisciplinary and Entrepreneurial character of F&ES. It’s hard to keep track of all the initiatives students are involved in, and we hope to provide a spotlight for them. For prospective students who wish to know more, and current students who wish to have their work featured in this series, please email: fesinfo@yale.edu

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At a time when global climate change negotiations are aiming to determine the world’s priorities, 2018 and 2019 have become landmark years to decide on the future of finance, adaptation, technology transfer, capacity-building, nationally determined contributions, and the future of the Paris Agreement as a whole…

F&ES at the ISO New England Facility!

Interested in the electric industry? Fifteen students from the F&ES course, “Electric Utilities: An Industry in Transition,” trekked north to visit the ISO New England (ISO-NE) facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts. ISO-NE oversees the operation of New England’s bulk electric power system and transmission lines. The visit allowed students to learn more about New England power prices and the current condition of energy supply in the region. Stephen J. Rourke, the Vice President of Systems Planning, and Molly Connors, the External Affairs Representative, provided students with a personal tour and presentation regarding ISO-NE. Students learned about load forecasting, emergency preparedness responses, and regional solar and wind generation.

Control Room

Afterwards, students were able to see the ISO New England control room which houses…

Building a Greener Belt & Road

This piece is part of a series of posts looking to highlight the Global, Interdisciplinary and Entrepreneurial character of F&ES. It’s hard to keep track of all the initiatives students are involved in, and we hope to provide a spotlight for them. For prospective students who wish to know more, and current students who wish to have their work featured in this series, please email fesinfo@yale.edu.

When it comes to the potential ramifications of international development and trade, F&ES students Tina Huang M.E.M. ’19 (China), Kate Logan M.E.M. ’20 (United States) and Nicholas Lo M.E.Sc ’19 (Hong Kong) share the goal of creating awareness among their peers, by making sure they spread dialogue in the U.S. about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a Chinese…

Exploring Pacific Northwest with the Society of American Foresters (SAF)

Written by Vinzenz Held,

I am Vinzenz, Master of Forest Science candidate at the Technische Universität München, (Technical University of Munich) and I will spend one year at F&ES studying forestry. Before starting school, I worked on ecological hunting concepts and integrative conservation concepts in temperate forests with the Bavarian state forest. Afterwards, I was in Uganda, where I worked on a reforestation program with the German-based nonprofit “Fairventures Worldwide”.

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to attend the 2018 Society of American Foresters (SAF) convention in Portland, Oregon. I was lucky enough to attend many interesting presentations, some of which included the latest research from my peers at F&ES and to connect with forestry professionals from all over the United States. The presentations were all designed around…