School of forestry and environmental studies

School Notes: School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
January/February 2019

Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke |

Yale Environmental Dialogue aims to inform public debate, policy

On November 15 in Washington, DC, the Yale Environmental Dialogue (YED), an F&ES initiative that aims to inform public debate and policy discussions on sustainability-related issues, hosted the first in a series of national discussions. The event was cohosted by the Aspen Institute. “There are so many challenges we’re facing as a nation in terms of the environment and how we manage our precious resources,” said F&ES dean Indy Burke. “But we see an opportunity for Yale to be a leader in tackling them. Through this initiative we will promote conversation on these difficult topics, across the country, in a way that is productive and impactful.” During the event, Anthony Leiserowitz, a senior research scientist at F&ES and director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, and Karen Seto, the Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science at F&ES, presented their research and participated in a panel discussion. In February, the school will host a major workshop as part of the initiative. The initiative will also produce a book—to be published by Yale University Press—which aspires to set the agenda for the environmental debate and direction over the next decade, including the 2020 presidential election.

Online programs will offer certificates in clean energy, forest restoration

In 2019, F&ES will introduce two online certificate programs. In Tropical Forest Landscapes: Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use, a one-year program developed by the Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative, participants will learn to implement and monitor effective conservation and restoration initiatives. Financing and Deploying Clean Energy, a separate program developed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, will aim to accelerate the uptake of clean energy by building workforce capacity in the areas of policy, finance, and technology. Read more about the two programs.

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