Guest speaker Christiana Figueres
, an internationally recognized leader on global climate change who served as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told students that as they emerge from Yale during a time that will be remembered as the Great Global Pause, humans will have to collectively decide how to reset and recast their relationship with nature and with others.
“As you step out onto the world that is yet to be determined, may each one of you in your own unique way contribute to the great regeneration of spirit, society, and nature that is to be the basis of our common experience over the next few decades. Forward my young friends, forward. Always forward with optimism and resolve,” she said.
Two student awards were presented for the first time. Krista Shennum
and Jonathan Lee
were the recipients of the Learning Community Leadership Award, honored for the time and energy they demonstrated in advancing the mission of YSE’s learning communities by expanding education, training, and community building beyond the classroom. Shennum, part of the Climate Change Science and Solutions learning community, helped establish the Climate Fellows program and founded the Oceans and Climate Conference; Lee was integral in founding the fast-growing Urban learning community.
The Mochen Liao Award, named in honor of Liao, was presented to Claire Goydan
, Meghana Kharod,
and Shitiz Chaudhary
in recognition of their research on creating a more sustainable carpet industry in the U.S.
Other awardees included: Brooks Lamb, who received the Strachan Donnelly Award, blending the humanities with ecology in his research on land stewardship in the rural U.S. South; Chris Perkins and Rachel Gould, who were honored for excellence as teaching fellows; and Jenna Musco, who won the Kroon Cup, presented annually to individuals and groups that embody stewardship and implement projects that engage and inspire the School community.
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