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.

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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…

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…

The other side of the river: Presenting about F&ES at home

Written by Javier Gonzalez Rivero ’19 M.E.M.

Do you remember being on the other side of the river? A few days ago, I traveled to Mexico City, the capital of my home country. I had the opportunity to visit ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) once again, a university where I graduated from with a diploma course in environmental economics. My time as an ITAM student in 2013 was a stepping stone that propelled me to come to F&ES.

The session was arranged in collaboration with the F&ES Admissions office, and the ITAM Office of International Affair. The goal of my visit was to explain recent changes in the F&ES curriculum, and to pique Mexican students’ interest on the 5 different programs offered by the school.

The…

Global Climate Action Summit: A Tale of Two Climates

The Global Climate Action Summit had many powerful moments. During the three-day event, held last week in San Francisco, former Vice President Al Gore brought the crowd hope by asserting that the U.S. is still officially in the Paris Agreement, and that the next president could easily reverse President Trump’s decision to withdraw. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados reminded us that the intense storms, which have been fatal to her neighboring countries, happened at a higher rate than ever recorded with only a 1-degree C rise — and that we are on the path to a 4-degree rise. Jane Goodall reminded us to protect forests, and to not let them be “the forgotten solution.” Deforestation represents one-third of greenhouse gas emissions globally, while efforts to control it…

A New Global Database for Quantifying the Impact of Consumption and Trade

How is it possible to measure a nation’s environmental impact when half its goods are imported from China and other regions?

Over the past decade, a consortium of European researchers has developed a database that offers new clarity on the increasingly complex links between international trade, consumption, and environmental impact. Known as EXIOBASE 3, the database enables new insights to be drawn about the environmental impact that trade has had, who benefits, and who is harmed by increasing globalization.

In a new special issue, The Global Multi Regional Input Output Database “EXIOBASE,” Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE) examines how this database was designed and built. The issue shows how it will improve understanding of the effects…

The Perks of New Haven

As admitted students are carefully considering their graduate school options, we hear questions about academic programs, campus culture and finding jobs. I wanted to take a quick break from these very important questions to talk about what is so great about New Haven as a city. Below are my takes on some the perks and I have included amazing resources that I would recommend.

Everything outdoors

We talk about East Rock as a neighborhood where many F&ES students live but East Rock is also the name of the park north of the neighborhood. It is a great spot for a quick hike and provides a beautiful view of the city. Just a few miles north into Hamden, you can also explore Sleeping Giant State Parks miles of hiking…

Lunar New Year Celebration

Authored by Tina Huang, MEM ’19

On Feb 10th, the Asia Student Interest Group (SIG) and the Coalition on Food and Agriculture (CAFE) co-hosted an event to celebrate Lunar New Year by making vegetable dumplings and having a community discussion on the sustainability of China’s food system. Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in many Asian societies. Just like the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, it is the time of the year that people go back home to reunite with families and friends to celebrate the arrival of a new year (2018 is the year of the dog!)

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Picture caption: Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) students celebrate the

Sustainability is more than just the environment, but can we quantify that?

Cutting edge research on life cycle sustainability assessment

It is widely acknowledged that sustainability involves more than just the health and viability of our biophysical environment. Figuring out how to capture the multiple dimensions of sustainability in quantitative models, however, is a significant challenge.

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a well-established and widely-used tool for the systematic assessment of environmental impacts of products, services, and technologies. In an effort to include economic and social impacts, LCA researchers have worked to extend the tool — to develop life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA).

Admissions Student Assistant, Sarah Omusula

My name is Sarah Omusula, a first year MESc student from Kenya. Kenya is a beautiful country, rich in biodiversity and one cannot resist falling in love with its beauty! Before coming to Yale I worked with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK), a non-profit organization whose focus is: to understand cheetah health and habitat selection; raise awareness on predator conservation through community participation; and mitigate human wildlife conflict to safe guard the community livelihoods. I will be happy to chat about conservation of wildlife in Kenya with you! At Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES), I am interested in remote sensing, data analysis, conservation and climate change.

Irrespective of where we come from, we all face different challenges during school application. Everyone’s experience is different based…