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Our History

Since 2006, CBEY has been educating and inspiring interdisciplinary sustainability leaders through business solutions to systemic environmental problems.

Evans and Kroon

Yale is home to the United States’ oldest joint-degree program in business and the environment. Launched in 1982, the program merges two world-class graduate schools—the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies—with an active network of renowned business leaders. Together, these schools share more than 150 years of experience studying ecological and organizational systems, a legacy and depth of expertise unmatched anywhere in the world.

In 2006, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management created the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) to serve as a hub for students pursuing joint-degrees in business and the environment. CBEY's mission is to educate and inspire interdisciplinary sustainability leaders through pioneering business solutions to systemic environmental problems.

Since its inception, CBEY has become a valuable platform for building and growing relationships among students, faculty, alumni, corporate executives, policymakers, and NGOs. Through interdisciplinary courses and initiatives, research, and outreach, CBEY has equipped a growing network of leaders with the skills and collaborative opportunities to create innovative and sustainable solutions to challenges facing the human and natural systems upon which we all rely.

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Interdisciplinarity is in our DNA

CBEY convenes diverse resources and skillsets from across the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.