Kroon Cup Awarded to Jenna Musco: “Constant Source of Support”

Portrait of Jenna Musco holding the Kroon Cup
In the past year, Jenna Musco ’21 MEM, whose focus at Yale School of the Environment included studies on people, equity, and environmental justice, took her work into the YSE community, offering support and direction to fellow students.
 
Her efforts earned her this year’s Kroon Cup, which is presented annually to individuals and groups that embody stewardship and implement projects that engage and inspire the YSE community. The winner is voted on by students, staff and faculty.
 
“Through many crises this year, Jenna has been a constant source of support for her fellow students with special attention paid to those who are new to New Haven and in need of guidance,’’ says Sara Smiley Smith, assistant dean of academic affairs who presented the award to Musco during a virtual portion of this year’s commencement. “Jenna is a friend to everyone, and her leadership sets a true example for excellence at YSE and beyond.”

Musco helped plan and implement the Community Conversations series, was a member of the Environmental Justice student interest group (SIG), and was student learning coordinator of the People, Equity and Environmental learning community.
Caring for and supporting community has always been important to me and what motivates my work on environmental issues.
— Jenna Musco
“Caring for and supporting community has always been important to me and what motivates my work on environmental issues,” says Musco, who earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and environmental studies from Dartmouth College. “I firmly believe that we cannot succeed in resolving environmental challenges without first being clear about our own work and purpose, and putting that into action where we are, in our immediate community.
 
At YSE, Musco studied the role of social science, moral theory, and values in environmental problem solving, and higher education leadership in a just transition to a sustainable world.This summer, Musco will be examining equitable energy transitions as a research fellow at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
 
“YSE is seen as a leader in the environmental field, and so it is important that we are clear about what our purpose and goals are as a school, and what types of environmental managers we are sending out into the world,” she says. “COVID, conversations about justice and racism, making space for vulnerability, keeping each other well, and figuring out how our different theories of change work together, or against each other, are challenges that help our school continue to clarify its values and the types of change we want to create moving forward.’’
 
PUBLISHED: June 3, 2021
 
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.