Justin Freiberg joined West Campus in 2013 as the Yale West Campus Urban Farm and Sustainability Manager. He directs the development, design, and execution of the initiative to utilize Yale’s West Campus for large scale, land-based, and community-engaged applied research programs. This includes directing efforts at the Yale West Campus Urban Farm, which, like the rest of the campus, is used to spur innovations in through experimentation and collaboration. Justin also continues to support the work of the Yale Sustainable Food Program.
Justin’s background is in building environmental collaborations: he co-founded Encendia Biochar, as well as the Urban Foodshed Collaborative, both of which aimed to close material and social loops to create resilient, sustainable systems. Past work with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Added Value, and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture has taught Justin to create programming that engages communities around the natural environment, food and farming, and entrepreneurship. Justin holds a Masters from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an M.A. and B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University, and a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University.