Yale Environmental Solutions Accelerator

Bringing together a diverse and forward thinking community of students, professors, alumni, industry leaders, NGOs and beyond to participate in day-long events pushing the agenda forward on big sustainability challenges.


We are pleased to announce our inaugural Environmental Solutions Accelerator!

On October 7, 2017, Yale students will work in interdisciplinary teams to address the Future of Food in our own backyard through three special tracks:

  • Food Access
  • Food Waste
  • Diets

This one-day event will serve as a foundation for pushing the “agenda on the urgent transition to more sustainable, secure, and equitable food and agriculture system.” [1]

We have all faced our own challenges in the various stages on the food system, and this is the place to come together, share those challenges, and develop innovative solutions. 

Questions?  Contact us at yaleenvironmentalsolns@gmail


[1] Global Alliance for the Future of Food

    Ways to participate

    -Students - apply to be part of a team and develop a sustainable solutions to current challenges in the food system!

    • Apply (to open soon!)

    -Experts - become a mentor and help teams develop their solutions with your expertise

    -Folks keenly interested in food solutions

    • Attend the presentations at the end of the day and hear the innovative ideas developed by Yale students

    Event Logistics

    When: 9:00am - 7:00pm October 7, 2017 

    Where: Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

    Tentative agenda


    Conference organizers have selected a specific topic with three tracks. Material on the topic will be provided to all applicants.  Applicants are expected to have reviewed the material prior to arrival at the event.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017

    9:00-9:15 Welcome remarks
    9:15-9:45 Topic introdcued
    9:45-10:00 Remarks on importance of collaboration across disciplines + team lists posted
    10:00-12:00 Question Exploration
    Using our GreenLight methodology, track question will be explored and teams will start thinking critically about the challenge at hand.
    12:00-3:30 Lunch and Brainstorming
    Teams begin to work on their solution
    12:30-2:30 Genius Bar
    Teams aligned with experts, specialists, resources, and stakeholders.  Teams are pre-registered to meet with mentors aligned with their subtracks but have access to all.
    3:15 Presentations due
    3.30-5:00 Presentations
    Each team presents for 5 minutes, with a 5 minutes Q&A session.
    Each team, regardless of whether they are advancing or not, will be provided with a set of written comments from their judges.
    5:00 Winner Announced
    5:15 Conference Closes
    5:15-7:00 Closing Reception
    Teams, stakeholders and mentors have chance to network with other participants.

    Participant Portal

    Apply (to open soon!)

    Applications are due Sept. 23, 2016


    Other links (to be posted after application closes):

    Pitches: Click here

    Team Registration: Click here

    Genius Bar sign-up: Click here

    Upload Presentations (PDF only): Click here
    Note: filename =Team Name (must be same as what's on the "Team Registration" sheet and MUST be a PDF)

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