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About CBEY

Our mission is to inspire, support, and accelerate the transition to a just and thriving world.

CBEY connects people, ideas, and resources to foster business and cross-sector solutions to global challenges.

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We believe in the power of our community.

CBEY brings together a diverse group of students, faculty, alumni, and other participants with a shared desire to save our planet. 

We believe in intersectionality, innovation, collaboration, and equity. We believe in shared power and diversity of thought. 

We believe that a thriving world will take all of us, but the onus for undoing systems of oppression rests on the shoulders of the individuals who most benefit from those systems. 

CBEY is committed to playing our role in removing barriers to access and success. 

We are committed to doing our part and encouraging others to do the same, so the industries and organizations at the intersection of CBEY’s work can begin to reflect our increasingly diverse and ever-changing world. 

We believe in our community and its power to enact change.


Who We Are

At CBEY, we’re optimists who take action.

Our community is connected by our shared belief that a just and thriving world is possible by working and learning together.


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Yumeng Gao

Postdoctoral Associate at Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance

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Shea Flanagan

Director of Sustainability at Conservation Resource Partners, LLC
Master of Environmental Management 2020

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Catherine Kennedy

Online Programs Administrator at Yale Center for Business and the Environment

What We Do

CBEY educates, convenes, and supports its network.

In doing so, we can promote collaborative, equitable, and impactful change. 


Participate in innovative educational programs, internships, independent studies, speaker series, research, and more for every stage of your educational journey and career.


Connect individuals and ideas through events, mentorship programs, networking opportunities, and partnerships with values-aligned organizations.


Trust in CBEY to elevate your ideas, respond to our community’s needs, and work collaboratively to build novel solutions or strengthen tried-and-true methods to advance positive progress.

Where We Come From


Yale launches joint degrees in business and the environment

In 1982, Yale launched what is now the first joint degree program in business and the environment. With this program, the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and the Yale School of Management (SOM) share their 150+ years of experience studying ecological and organizational systems.


CBEY launches as a hub for joint degree students

The Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and the Yale School of Management (SOM) created the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) as a hub for students pursuing joint degrees in business and the environment. Even as the ways CBEY supports its community have grown over the years, our mission has been clear since we launched: To inspire, support, and accelerate the transition to a just and thriving world.


CBEY fosters relationships across campus and beyond

While our roots are in the joint degree program, our branches now extend across Yale’s campus. CBEY has become a valuable platform for fostering relationships among students, faculty, alumni, corporate executives, policymakers, NGOs, and beyond. Through initiatives, research, outreach, and interdisciplinary courses, CBEY equips its growing network with the skills and opportunities to affect change.