Sustainability, Energy, & Environment

Dates: TBD

The Sustainability, Energy & Environment (SEE) session will analyze and discuss how people have influenced the natural world, and what effects those interactions have had on modern-day society.  Participants will think critically about how to address 21st-century problems related to these issues and what kind of solutions will pave the way towards a sustainable future. Special emphasis will also be given to the issues of agriculture, food security, climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development, evolutionary patterns, and migration.  Questions of interest will range from nanoscale innovation to geopolitical dilemmas to global ecosystems. Yale University is home to the several institutions related to the environment:

The SEE session will feature expertise from these interdisciplinary centers that make Yale a world leader in the area of Sustainability, Energy & Environment.   Additionally, Yale University uses various aspects of its campus as a living laboratory to test possible environmental solutions.  Participants in SEE will have the opportunity to observe some components of these solutions first-hand such as Kroon Hall which showcases some of the latest developments in green building technology and Yale’s Carbon Charge Project

If you have asked yourself any of the questions below, you will probably be interested in the Sustainability, Energy & Environment session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program.

How can governments protect their electorate from pollution if pollution does not respect sovereignty?

What is the next frontier of renewable energy?
How can developing nations build cities that can accommodate future sustainable technology? 

Is a carbon tax a good idea?
How should governments help to implement sustainable energy technologies?
Can plants teach us how to make energy from the sun?
How can science inform legislation when science is constantly changing?
Do current “green” technologies work? 
How can our growing population be fed without destroying the planet?
Why does the mainstream media act like people don’t care about science?

Other topics may include:

  • Climate justice
  • Novel energy technologies
  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental law and policy
  • Conservation
  • Electronic waste
  • Natural resource management
  • Sustainable design
  • Geopolitical negotiations
  • Waste management
  • Population growth
  • Sustainable food production
  • Endangered species

Expertise will be drawn from areas such as Architecture, Engineering (Chemical & Environmental), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Geoscience and Natural Resources, History of Science, Law, Population Biology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Politics & Economics, Forestry & Environmental Studies.