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Matching Gift Opportunity

For the next five years, the Emmett gift will provide matching opportunities for up to $70,000 per year.

Help us reach this match and further expand our work!

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) is announcing a very generous and transformative donation from the Emmett Foundation to support its mission of developing leaders to address global social and environmental challenges. This gift will help CBEY expand its rapidly growing focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, develop an online certificate program in clean energy finance, and increase the reach of the Clean Energy Finance Forum, an industry-leading publication.

As a component of this gift, CBEY Advisory Board Member Dan Emmett has generously offered to provide up to $70,000 each fiscal year, over the course of five fiscal years (from FY 2018 through the close of FY 2022), in matching funds to help inspire individuals, corporations, and foundations to make new gifts or pledges in support of CBEY’s work on innovation and entrepreneurship.  Contributions may be made to the following areas:

Supporting Sustainability Focused Innovation and Entrepreneurship

CBEY is committed to inspiring and supporting a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Your gift will allow us to increase programming and provide additional mentorship for students who are exploring what it means to be an environmental innovator. Additional funding will also support a shared fellowship with Tsai CITY (Yale’s new hub of entrepreneurship) that would play a central role in advancing environmental entrepreneurship across Yale’s campus. 

Gift opportunity: Any amount

Growing innovation through ideation

Created by two SOM/F&ES joint degree students in 2015, GreenLight has become one of CBEY’s flagship programs. These ideation sessions are highly interactive, student-led workshops designed to generate innovative solutions to complex sustainability challenges. Past clients include GE, Adidas, Lyft and We Are Still In. Your gift will help us grow this program and create opportunities for long-term engagements with organizations to build on the ideas generated at these sessions. 

Gift opportunity: $25,000

Advancing Climate Change Entrepreneurship

CBEY is a leading global institution on climate change entrepreneurship and runs a variety of programs to engage students across the spectrum of innovation.  Examples of these include:

Entrepreneurial Solutions to Climate Change Grants were piloted in Fall 2017 and were comprised of five $3,000 grants to catalyze student ideas addressing climate change. The response was strong – over 20 interdisciplinary teams of students applied from across Yale’s campus. Additional funding will allow us to continue this program and support more student ideas and ventures to mitigate the effects of climate change.​

Gift Opportunity: $25,000

The Yale Net Zero Action Group mobilizes students across Yale's campus to achieve carbon neutral results within countries, campuses, cities, and communities.  In partnership with Tsai CITY, this initiative convenes an interdisciplinary group of engaged individuals to explore the applications of “Net Zero” and what actions can be taken to advance this concept across multiple levels of actors. Your gift will help secure the future of this program and help implement the ideas as widely as possible.​

Gift opportunity: $30,000 annually

Teaching diverse approaches to building community and having difficult conversations

At CBEY, we are training the leaders of tomorrow to find innovative solutions to the biggest social and environmental challenges our world has ever faced. Using a foundation of empathy, active listening and self-awareness, the Resilient Leaders program explores the idea of resiliency in creating social change, building community, and taking action.  In partnership with Echoing Green and Dwight Hall at Yale. we recently piloted a successful four-month curriculum among 15 students from Yale SOM, Yale F&ES and Yale College. Your gift will allow us to grow this program and reach students from across Yale’s Campus.

Gift opportunity: $50,000

Stuart DeCew

Executive Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
MBA 2011
Master of Environmental Management 2011

Bradford S. Gentry

F.K. Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice at Yale School of the Environment and Yale School of Management
Faculty Co-Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment

Todd Cort

Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at Yale School of Management
Faculty Co-Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment