Justin Freiberg founded and directs the Yale Landscape Lab. The lab seeks to utilize the whole of Yale West Campus to create fascinating new venues and support structures for game-changing applied research. This includes directing efforts at the Yale West Campus Urban Farm and the Experimental Grassland, which like the rest of the natural environment of the campus, are used to spur innovations through experimentation and collaboration. He also co-founded and directs Yale Cultivate Health, which seeks to build new ways of teaching within the health sciences through partnerships with the Yale School of Nursing and Yale School of Medicine. Justin serves on the Board of the New Haven Land Trust.
Justin’s background is in building environmental collaborations: he co-founded Encendia Biochar, as well as the Urban Foodshed Collaborative, both of which aimed to close material and social loops to create resilient, sustainable systems. Past work with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Added Value, the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, the US-Asia Institute, and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture has taught Justin to create programming that engages communities around shared interests in the natural environment, food and farming, and entrepreneurship. Justin holds a Masters from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, an M.A. and B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University, and a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. He has apprenticed under farmers in Italy, France, and the U.S.