FESers at the 2019 SAF National Convention!

For three years I worked at the American Forest & Paper Association in Washington, DC. During my time there, I learned a lot about the US Forest Products Industry and the unique role that companies play in influencing and engaging in federal policies related to forestry. As I transitioned to FES, I wanted to keep my connection to forestry and requested to have Professor Ben Cashore serve as my MEM faculty advisor. During my work, I had seen numerous articles by him on forest certification issues and was excited to maintain my forestry connection. When I got to school, I started working as a research assistant (RA) in his Governance, Environment and Markets lab. Working as an RA I learned about coffee certification practices in Brazil, Indonesian government

Karen Kirchof, third from left, with colleagues from Yale and Duke during the 20th Duke Yale Environmental Recruiting Fair in Washington, D.C, She was joined by Alyssa Student, left, Mariann Adams, Joanne DeBernardo, Ladd Flock, Kathy Douglas, Glenda Lee, and Rhonda Sarmento.

The Career Development Office (CDO) at F&ES has been fortunate to have a long-standing collaboration and professional relationship with staff from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. In 1996, CDO and Career Services at the Nicholas School collaborated to create the Duke-Yale Environmental Recruiting Fair in Washington, D.C., which brought together hundreds of students from both schools for a day-long event of interviews, information sessions, and a career fair, followed by alumni/student networking receptions.

The venture was started by Karen Kirchof, former assistant dean and director of the Nicholas School’s Career and Professional Development Center, and Peter Otis, former director of CDO at F&ES. Many of our alumni will remember the fair, and may remember Karen, who was very lively and outspoken as a co-leader of…

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

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.

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…