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Thriving Food Systems and Nature-Based Solutions

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We are supporting responsible stewardship of our planet’s resources.

From conservation to regenerative agriculture, we’re building resources that reflect a variety of perspectives on the sustainable and equitable use of land, water, and other environmental resources.

Programs and Initiatives

Defining Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture is an increasingly used term to describe farming – think “organic” or “sustainable” as other categories in the same family. It is meant to convey a holistic approach to agriculture that puts the health of ecosystems as well as human communities next to crop production value. 

As part of our Beyond the Buzzwords initiative with Tsai CITY, Managing Director at Yale Carbon Containment Lab​ Justin Freiberg (MESc '10) helps explain this term.

Regenerative Agriculture on Beyond the Buzzwords

Regenerative ag explained

Related Reports

WBCSD Internship Program

These internships offer students a unique opportunity to dig into the work happening at the WBCSD to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. 

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Mentorship Opportunities


Each academic year, a cohort of professionals across different industries devote time to meet with students and discuss anything from industry trends to career advice to coursework support. Each Mentor meets one-on-one with students throughout the year. 

This year we have several alumni with experience in different aspects of sustainable land use. Reach out and connect with them!

Alumni Visiting Mentors

Tagan Engel

Resident Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Producer at The Table Underground

Meaghan McGrath

VP of Product Development at Local Bounti
MBA 2016
Master of Environmental Management 2016

Namrita Kapur

Lecturer in the Practice at Yale School of Management
Resident Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 1997
Master of Environmental Management 1997

What is a Food Desert or Food Apartheid?

“Food Desert” is a commonly used but inadequate term coined by researchers to define areas where people have low incomes and low physical access to supermarkets. The term "Food Apartheid" more accurately describes the racist and oppressive systems that create inequitable food environments. 

As part of our Beyond the Buzzwords initiative with Tsai CITY, Food Systems and Equity Consultant and CBEY Resident Fellow Tagan Engel helps explain this term.

Have a read and let us know if you feel we are missing anything!

Food Desert/Food Apartheid on Beyond the Buzzwords

Also, watch this video from Malik Yakini, Executive Director at the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, where he discusses food deserts, food apartheid, and food access.

Our Stories

Sustainable Land Use Events

Yale Innovation Summit

Connect with like-minded individuals


Peter Ludwig

Senior Manager, Market Engagement at Connecticut Green Bank
Master of Environmental Science 2019
Yale Certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy 2022

Milagros De Camps

Minister of Environment and Natural Resources at Dominican Republic
Master of Environmental Management 2017

Gregory J. Koch

Managing Director, Global Water Stewardship at The Coca-Cola Company