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  • People, Equity, and the Environment
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  1. Protestors carrying signs in Warren County, North Carolina, 1982
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    Where Does the Money Go in Environmental Grantmaking?

    March 22, 2023

    A new study by the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative (JEDSI) at the Yale School of the Environment examined nearly $5 billion in grants awarded by 220 foundations in 35  states and found that several of the largest mainstream environmental organizations received more funding individually than all the environmental justice organizations combined.

  2. Martin Luther King
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    Nyeema C. Harris Honors MLK Jr.’s Legacy of Ecosystem Engineering

    January 11, 2023

    In an address held at YSE on Monday, January 23, Nyeema C. Harris, Knobloch Family Associate Professor of Wildlife and Land Conservation, paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of impactful systems change using the principals of ecology as an analogy.

  3. Pat Gonzales
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    YSE Lecturer Pat Gonzales-Rogers Discusses Challenges Tribal Nations Face in Conservation and Co-Management of Land

    December 21, 2022

    How to balance shared stewardship, co-management, and tribal sovereignty to protect and sustain more than 100 million acres of Indigenous lands in the U.S.  is a fundamental question in conservation. Pat Gonzales-Rogers, a former director and current consultant for the Bears Ears Coalition, has brought his deep experience on these issues to the Yale School of the Environment this year. 

  4. 2022-EJ-conference
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    Protecting the Rights of Climate Refugees, Listening to Indigenous Voices, and Ensuring a Just Transition to Clean Energy: Takeaways from the Global Environmental Justice Conference

    October 21, 2022

    Highlighted by a keynote address by Georgetown Professor Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò on climate reparations, the annual Global Environmental Justice Conference explored difficult environmental justice issues including the growing scale of climate refugees, the burden food insecurity places on women, and implementing cultural preservation measures in climate action.

  5. rodriguez-square
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    Switzer Fellow Helping Disadvantaged Communities Lead Transition to Clean Energy

    June 30, 2022

    Gabriela Rodriguez ’23 MEM has been named a recipient of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship, a prestigious program that supports future environmental leaders.

  6. Gordon Geballe speaking at his retirement celebration
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    The “Geballe” Era

    June 13, 2022

    YSE Associate Dean for International Engagement Gordon Geballe is retiring after a nearly 50-year affiliation with the School and Yale. He is known for always keeping students at the center, his ability to build community and befriend everyone in the room, and his dedication to New Haven.

  7. lovinia-reynolds
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    YSE Class of ’22: Lovinia Reynolds is Headed Home to Fight for Climate Justice

    May 13, 2022

    Returning to her native Brooklyn, Lovinia Reynolds is graduating from YSE with an eye on climate justice in the largest city in the U.S.

  8. Kristina Rodriguez in front of Kroon Hall
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    YSE Class of ’22: Kristina Rodriguez is Focused on Preserving Coastal Ecosystems

    May 10, 2022

    A childhood appreciation of South Florida’s dunes and mangroves led Kristina Rodriguez to become deeply invested in conserving the state’s coastal ecosystems for future generations.

  9. Black Hills in South Dakota
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    LANDBACK Panel Addresses Importance of Indigenous Leadership in Land Reclamation and Conservation

    April 12, 2022

    Restoring Indigenous power in land stewardship and co-management policies were at the center of a YSE-Wyss Foundation panel discussion that brought together Indigenous voices from across the country.

  10. Lynn Cooley, Dorceta Taylor, and Peter Salovey
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    Alumna Receives Yale’s Highest Graduate Honor

    April 8, 2022

    Dorceta Taylor ’85 M.F.S., ’91 Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading environmental justice scholars and activists, was recently named a recipient of the 2020 Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, the highest honor Yale Graduate School bestows on its alumni.

  11. Brenda Mallory
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    New Horizons Conference Highlights ‘Work to Be Done’ on Environmental Justice

    April 7, 2022

    More than 800 people from 24 countries attended this year’s three-day virtual conference, a global conversation on justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion hosted by YSE that also serves as a platform for emerging environmental leaders who are historically underrepresented in the environmental field and/or committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field.

  12. A highway winding through Los Angeles
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    Pandemic Shutdowns Give Window into Environmental Racism in California’s Air Pollution Policy

    April 7, 2022

    Study finds that though air pollution is highly regulated in California, environmental policy as a whole is not protecting all communities in an equal way: Regulatory machinery has been preferentially protecting White, non-Hispanic people from exposure.

  13. Mumbai, India
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    Infrastructure Inequality Is a Challenge to Urban Sustainability

    April 4, 2022

    A first of its kind study focusing on infrastructure inequality finds that infrastructure inequalities are ingrained in the urbanization process.

  14. Graphic of a simulated mountain range of overlapping colors
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    New Horizons Conference to Elevate Voices Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Environmental Field

    March 23, 2022

    A line up of speakers from industry, government, NGOs, and the media, among other sectors, will share their expertise in environmental justice, institutional diversity, and other environmental topics at the annual conference.

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    Queering Environmental Justice

    January 27, 2022

    In a paper published in the American Journal of Public Health, YSE authors Michelle Bell and Leo Goldsmith ’20 MEM lay out the case for a more inclusive environmental justice movement for the LGBTQ+ community, who are disproportionately affected by environmental exposures.