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People, Equity, and the Environment

This LC helps students develop the skills they need to thoughtfully critique and improve the relationship between people and the planet, with a focus on deep-seated, systemic challenges. Emphasis is placed on the interplay among the environment, systemic social issues, and the emerging environmental justice movement.

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    Preserving and Restoring Urban Forests

    Sarah Charlop-Powers ’09 MEM is helping to preserve and restore critical urban forests in New York City and beyond. In 2012, she helped launch the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC), which has partnered with NYC Parks to create the innovative Forest Management Framework that conducted field-based ecological assessments in the city. Its efforts recently expanded with a national survey distributed to 125 cities and organizations across the U.S. aimed at gaining a better understanding of how urban forests and natural areas are being managed.

    People, Equity, and the Environment in the News

    News

    Environmental Fellows Program ‘21 YSE Cohort

    The seven YSE graduate students and recent graduates in the 2021 Environmental Fellows program have diverse backgrounds and experiences, but share the same impassioned commitment to their environmental work.

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    Environmental Justice Conference Explores a Just Recovery

    As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the harsh realities of the challenges created by our changing climate remain. The recent Global Environmental Justice Conference at YSE discussed the opportunities for a more equitable recovery, investigating theories of change in energy and food justice.

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    Near Total Loss of Historical Lands Leaves Indigenous Nations in the U.S. More Vulnerable to Climate Change

    YSE-led study finds that Indigenous nations across the United States have lost 98.9% of their historical land base; historical land dispossession is associated with current and future climate risk.

    Related Centers, Programs, and Initiatives

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    Centers & Programs

    Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative (JEDSI)

    Examining the relationship between social inequalities, lived experiences, and environmental outcomes, JEDSI focuses research, teaching, and practice on our environmental history, diverse voices in the environmental movement, and better pathways forward.

    Centers & Programs

    Yale Center for Environmental Justice

    Developing tools, networks, and interdisciplinary research, the Center for Environmental Justice empowers frontline communities to lead the charge for environmental justice at the local, national, and global level.

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    Centers & Programs

    Urban Resources Initiative

    Making New Haven cleaner and greener, URI works with local partners to plant trees, restore community green spaces, and build bioswales to filter stormwater runoff.

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    Centers & Programs

    Environmental Leadership Training Initiative (ELTI)

    In critical natural landscapes rich in biodiversity, ELTI empowers local leaders to design and implement land use practices and initiatives that protect tropical forests and the livelihoods of local landowners and their communities.

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    Centers & Programs

    The Forests Dialogue (TFD)

    The Forests Dialogue provides a platform for ongoing, multi-stakeholder conversations focused on collaborative solutions to challenges in achieving sustainable forest management and forest conservation.

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    Centers & Programs

    Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology (FORE)

    Inspiring people to preserve, protect, and restore the Earth community, the Forum on Religion and Ecology takes an international, multi-faith approach to contributing to environmental solutions.

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    Centers & Programs

    Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC)

    YPCCC is a leader in climate change communication, tracking Americans’ perception of climate change at all scales and building public and political will for climate action.

    Centers & Programs

    Hixon Center for Urban Ecology

    The Hixon Center provides an interdisciplinary forum for research, teaching, and outreach that improve our understanding and management of urban environmental systems.

    Centers & Programs

    SEARCH Center: Solutions for Energy, Air, Climate, and Health

    At the nexus of energy and public health, the SEARCH Center utilizes cutting-edge scientific research and technology to support the EPA’s strategic goals of protecting human health and the environment.

    Degree Programs

    YSE's learning communities span across all master's and doctoral degree programs.

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    Learning Communities

    YSE's Learning Communities were created to offer robust interdisciplinary experiences and networks. Students may engage with as many learning communities as they choose, regardless of their degree program or specialization.