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Programs

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment gets involved in a number of programs and initiatives focused on outreach, education and research. Through the involvement of students, faculty, and strategic partners, CBEY is actively involved in areas from environmental finance to corporate environmental strategy.

CURRENT PROGRAMS

Conservation Finance Camp

A project that involves the Land Trust Alliance, Island Press, and Conservation Finance Innovations Network, this program provides conservation practitioners with an in-depth examination of private and public conservation finance. This weeklong program surveys traditional and cutting edge funding techniques for raising philanthropic funds, public capital and private investment for land conservation while focusing on useful, hands-on tools for conservation practitioners. This program takes place at Yale University.

Carbon Finance Speaker Series

A project supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, to explore the risks and opportunities presented by carbon markets. This multi-part speaker series brings practitioners to Yale to discuss these markets and their firms responses to these emerging markets. In 2008, the series focused on carbon markets and finance broadly, in 2009, we focused on the role of forests and land use, and 2010 we looked at the challenges of bringing energy efficiency and clean energy to the residential sector. For 2011 , we have partnered with the MIT Energy Club and the Energy Clubs at F&ES and SOM to continue to explore residential energy efficiency in the U.S. through the "Blueprint for Efficiency" webinar series.

Sabin Environmental Venture Prize and Speaker Series

The Sabin Prize is an initiative created through the generous support of the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation and managed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. $25,000 is awarded to the best Yale student and/or faculty idea for a product, service, project or program that advances a more environmentally sustainable way of life. In 2009 and 2010, we had several eco-entrepreneurs speak on campus with the GreenBrideGuide.com winning the competition in 2009 and SilviaTerra in 2010.

Environmental Economics Research Seminar

This research seminar is led by FES and SOM economics faculty. The seminar invites researchers to discuss current projects involving topics like the costs and benefits of environmental regulation, trade policy, and information disclosure. For more information - click here.

Sustainability Leaders Series

This is a research initiative supported by the GE Foundation that involves masters students from SOM and FES in conducting research for faculty on various projects including: corporate environmental management and strategy and EH&S; development of case studies and database systems about corporate sustainability executives in Fortune 500 companies; and a speaker series focused on sustainability leadership and careers. We have partnered with the Yale SOM Business and the Environment Club on the "Sustainability Leaders Series". For more information - click here.

Business and the Environment Consulting Clinic

The Business and the Environment Clinic provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of business and environmental issues to real-life situations faced by the University and other organizations. It provides a unique opportunity for students to manage a real-life consulting client engagement. Examples of projects include assisting in the development of a corporate environmental strategy or determining the impact of the pending carbon market on institutional operations at Yale. Students make recommendations based on market research and financial analyses. For more information - click here.

Case Study Development

CBEY has worked with the SOM Case Study Department to support its work in the development of case studies related to business and the environment. Our efforts range from identifying potential case studies to supporting specific needs. The case study department has developed cases on Climate Change Capital (Valuing Carbon in the European Carbon Market), Suzlon (An Indian Wind Energy Company Goes Global), General Electric (Ecomagination), European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, and other business-environment related cases like TXU and EDF and Clorox’s Burt’s Bees.

Yale Community Carbon Fund

A project of the Yale Office of Sustainability and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. This test pilot project investigated the potential carbon offset measures that Yale University could support in the community (i.e. energy efficiency and tree planting) that would serve as a strategy to help reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. The project developed a marginal abatement cost curve for numerous measures that can be undertaken in Connecticut and resulted in a test pilot program implemented in a neighborhood in New Haven.

Renewable Energy and International Law Network

A project of several initiatives at Yale University (including the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Yale Project on Climate Change), Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, Climate Change Capital, and Baker McKenzie, the REIL Network is an international policy and law network that brings together the business and finance communities, policymakers, scholars, lawyers, science and technology experts to create enabling legislative and policy frameworks for clean energy on the international, national, and subnational levels. The EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas led a program in 2009.

PAST PROGRAMS

Yale Conference of Governors on Climate Change

A project led by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy with the Yale Project on Climate Change and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, this event celebrated the 100th year anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot convening the Governors at the White House in 1908. This historical moment led to the creation of the national park system, a watershed moment in U.S. environmental history. The Yale Conference of Governors on Climate Change featured Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA), Kathleen Sebelius (KS), Jodi Rell (CT), and John Corzine (NJ) who are leading the way on climate change and provided an opportunity for them to present their views on a national-state partnership to confront climate change in the U.S.

For more information on the event - click here.

Yale Clean Energy Innovation Conference

A project led by the Yale Climate and Energy Institute organized by the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. the event convened leaders in science, policy, business, and international affairs to discuss the barriers that prevent clean energy from achieving full-scale deployment as well as solutions for overcoming those barriers. The event featured Dr. Rajendra Pachauri (Chairman of the IPCC), Matt Rogers (US DOE), Gina McCarthy (US EPA), Dan Reicher (Google), George Pataki (former Governor of New York), John DeStefano (Mayor of New Haven), and many other guests.

For more information on the event - click here.

UN Global Compact

A student-led research project with Assistant Professor Rob Bailis working for and in cooperation with the UN Global Compact to develop a report called Emissions Reductions and Lower Carbon Intensity: Are We Making Progress? that examined the voluntary actions taken by Caring for Climate signatories to address climate issues in accordance with their commitments under the initiative. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released this report at the World Business Summit on Climate Change.

Green Consumer Values Conference

A collaboration between Professors Ravi Dhar (SOM), Dan Esty (FES) and Anthony Leiserowitz (Yale Project on Climate Change), this conference released a Yale-McKinsey & Co. survey to understand consumer values as they pertain to the life cycle impacts of various products and services on the environment. The Yale Center for Customer Insights (YCCI) led the project with the involvement of a strategic partner in McKinsey & Co. A major event was held at the Yale Club in New York City that featured Toyota, GE, Unilever, Pepsi, IBM, and Timberland (October 10, 2008) - click here.

Information Age Environmental Management

A faculty-led and student driven research initiative in collaboration with the Leading Edge Forum of CSC, this project explores not only the impacts the environment is having on the IT industry, but also more importantly, how information technologies, sensors, and management systems are being used to advance corporate environmental performance.

This projected resulted in the Journal of Industrial Ecology partnering with the CSC to launch a special issue on “Environmental Applications of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)”