Alumni


  1. Investing in Systems Change

    For the past 18 months, Simon Bunyan '22 MEM has crisscrossed the country, talking with community groups about what they need to implement clean energy solutions. These conversations are part of his work with the Department of Energy’s Justice40 Initiative, which directs 40% of overall federal investments in clean energy, energy efficiency, sustainable housing, and clean water infrastructure into disadvantaged

  2. Bridging the Conservative Gap on Climate Change

    The divisive nature of U.S. politics often stymies efforts to address the climate crisis. George Gemelas ’18, '21 MEM, however, is working to make climate change a bipartisan issue and foster consensus around market-based policy solutions.

    “In my experience, there's a lot of interest by the average citizen, who may happen to be conservative, for pragmatic solutions. That's why I

  3. Protecting Waterways While Meeting Urban Needs

    Lav Kanoi grew up in Kolkata, India, where the Hugli River, a tributary of the Ganges, empties into the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges is widely revered in Indian society, but development and the impacts of climate change are putting pressure on the health of the river at a time when supply and demand for water is at a critical

  4. 2023 YSE Alumni Association Award Winners

    Championing the Chesapeake Bay

    Ann Pesiri Swanson
    Ann Pesiri Swanson ’83 MES

    For four decades, Ann Pesiri Swanson ’83 MES has used her science and communication skills to restore and protect the largest estuary in the U.S. — the Chesapeake Bay.

    Swanson, who received the Distinguished Alumni Award, began her work at a time when the Chesapeake Bay watershed — which spans six states, holds more than 15

  5. COP28 Highlights YSE’s and Yale’s Leadership on Climate Solutions

    From greening global trade to reducing the “embodied” carbon emissions generated by building materials to de-fossilizing our economy through innovation in green chemistry and green engineering, Yale faculty and thought leaders participating in COP28 emphasized a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the climate crisis. 
  6. Alumnus Honored for Work Identifying Top Conservation Priorities

    From populating an early conservation database using IBM key punch cards to protecting many thousands of acres of ecologically significant lands in South Carolina, 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Tom Kohlsaat ’73 MFS has always been guided by the relevant conservation needs of the day.
  7. Champion of the Chesapeake Bay Honored with YSE Alumni Award

    As executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, Ann Pesiri Swanson '83 MES brought together scientists, federal and state legislators, and environmental advocates to forge agreements to protect the health of the largest estuary in the U.S.
  8. Examining the IRA's Impact on a Clean Energy Future

    Industry leaders and energy experts gathering at the Yale Clean Energy Conference this week weigh in on how the Inflation Reduction Act will impact their individual sectors and the U.S. transition to clean energy.
  9. Barrier-Breaking Forest Geneticist Honored with YSE Alumni Award

    As a woman, a scientist, and in countless other roles in her life and career, Sharon Friedman ’77 MFS defied expectations and challenged norms. In recognition of her accomplishments and dedication to the School, she will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from YSE at Reunion Weekend 2022.
  10. YSE Alumni Award Winner Focuses on Finding Common Ground

    The environmental law career of Brandi Colander '07 MEM, a 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, has spanned the public and private sector with a particular focus on building consensus and promoting inclusion of underrepresented communities.