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Planetary Solutions Generator

Inspiration to Action

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The Planetary Solutions Generator (PSG) is a CBEY / Tsai CITY Intensive in which Yale students design innovations to address climate change and other planetary challenges. The PSG is open to all Yale students who want to make a positive impact on the planet; both those who may feel overwhelmed and uncertain of where to start or how to make an impact and those who already have a background in environmental topics but want to deepen their understanding by designing solutions. No prior experience is necessary.

PSG participants will:

  • Gain skills and tools that will empower them to approach the problem of climate change,
  • Explore their personal values as a change-maker,
  • Develop a network within a community of innovators,
  • Design the framework for a climate change solution, 
  • Pitch their idea to a panel of climate innovation experts and receive constructive feedback, and
  • Create a tangible summary of the process of ideating the solution (participants will have the opportunity to publish their work and the intensive will also serve as a foundation to pursue funding and/or other next steps to develop the solution further).

During PSG, students will work in small groups to identify and develop an innovative solution that creates meaningful impact in solving the global challenge of climate change. Solutions may include entrepreneurial ideas, social innovations, impact investing theses, policy design, and other projects. Over 6-7 weeks, the program will feature a weekly curriculum of skill-building workshops and guest speakers, covering critical aspects of climate change innovation from design-thinking to policy innovation to financing models. Students will gain an understanding of systems thinking and what it takes to create meaningful and effective change through innovation and entrepreneurship.

By the end of the PSG, teams will have completed the ideation stage of innovation and will be ready to move on to the next stages of development, like applying for seed-stage grants (including CBEY’s Climate Innovation Grant). Each team will present their innovations to experts and will receive feedback on their ideas. Additionally, teams will prepare short reports which they will have the opportunity to publish online. Students will leave the CSG with a stronger understanding of their personal values and skill sets as well as a community of change-makers who can serve as a support network during their future innovative endeavors.

Why join the Planetary Solutions Generator?

  • Join a community of students across Yale who are passionate about planetary solutions and connect with mentors, professionals, and professors who are leaders in the area of climate change and environmental innovation.

  • Learn innovation skills that apply across multiple professional and personal situations.

  • Develop expertise in the key challenges in addressing climate change and generate ideas for cutting-edge solutions.

  • Prepare for later Yale entrepreneurship and innovation programming opportunities, such as the CBEY Climate Innovation Grants, the Tsai CITY Accelerator programs, and others.

  • A chance to have your work showcased on a public platform.

Logistics

Timing: This program will meet once a week from January to March 2022. Exact dates TBD.

How to get involved:

  1. Apply for the Planetary Solutions Generator in late 2021 (the application will open in November).

  2. Email Urvi Talaty (urvi.talaty@yale.edu) and Victoria Mansfield (victoria.mansfield@yale.edu) with any questions. 

  3. This program is open to students from across Yale.

People & Partners

Urvi Talaty

Environmental Innovation Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY)
Master of Environmental Management 2021

Victoria Mansfield

Master of Environmental Management 2022

Peter Boyd

Lecturer at Yale School of the Environment
Founder & CEO at Time4Good Group

Program Alumni

Ben Soltoff

Mikaela Bradbury

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