School of forestry and environmental studies

School Notes: School of the Environment
November/December 2017

Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke |

Yale Myers camp rises from ashes

During the school’s summer orientation for incoming students, known as MODs, the new students became the first F&ES class to enjoy the rebuilt Yale Myers Forest summer camp that was devastated by fire last year. While the newly constructed main building and bunk houses offer modern amenities, they were built in the footprint of the old camp and pay homage to tradition by maintaining the look and feel of the old buildings used by generations of F&ES students. The new camp also features a large, open-air, timber frame auditorium—planned long before the fire—funded by the Class of 1980. Much of the wood used for the auditorium’s construction was sourced from within a few miles of the site. At Yale Myers, a 7,840-acre school-owned forest located in northeastern Connecticut, crews are also completing a new research facility that will eventually feature a wet laboratory, a herpetarium, soils lab, and a common meeting space. F&ES alumni were invited to tour the new facilities during the school’s annual Harvest Festival on September 29.

Paris climate talks chair headlines first Yale Environmental Dialogue

In September F&ES hosted former French foreign minister Laurent Fabius during the inaugural Yale Environmental Dialogue (YED), an initiative conceived during the school’s recent strategic planning process. Building on the school’s international standing as a respected source of environmental knowledge and leadership, the series aims to convene thought leaders and decision makers around critical issues related to sustainability. YED forums will address complex and controversial issues, bringing together experts and bipartisan professionals, public officials, civil society leaders, and other stakeholders. Ultimately the events will culminate in outcomes that can inform solutions. Fabius was chair of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP21, the international forum that produced the landmark Paris Agreement.

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