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Yale Environmental Solutions Accelerator

Bringing together a diverse and forward-thinking community of students, professors, alumni, industry leaders, NGOs and beyond to participate in day-long events pushing the agenda forward on big sustainability challenges.

Yale Environmental Solutions Accelerator

We are pleased to announce our inaugural Environmental Solutions Accelerator!

On October 7, 2017, Yale students will work in interdisciplinary teams to address the Future of Food in our own backyard through three special tracks:

  • Food Access
  • Food Waste
  • Diets

This one-day event will serve as a foundation for pushing the “agenda on the urgent transition to more sustainable, secure, and equitable food and agriculture system.” [1]

We have all faced our own challenges in the various stages on the food system, and this is the place to come together, share those challenges, and develop innovative solutions. 

Questions?  Contact us at


[1] Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Ways to participate

-Students - apply to be part of a team and develop a sustainable solutions to current challenges in the food system!

  • Applications have closed - thanks for the overwhelming response!

-Experts - become a mentor and help teams develop their solutions with your expertise

-Others - folks keenly interested in food solutions are encouraged to attend the presentations at the end of the day and hear the innovative ideas developed by Yale students.  Let us know you are coming by registering here.

Event Logistics

When: 8:00am - 7:00pm October 7, 2017 

Where: Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

Tentative agenda


Conference organizers have selected a specific topic with three tracks. Material on the topic will be provided to all applicants.  Applicants are expected to have reviewed the material prior to arrival at the event.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8:00-9:00 Team Breakfast, Check-in ends at 8:15

9:00-9:15 Welcome Remarks

9:15-9:30 Clients Introduced

9:30-9:50 Remarks on importance of collaboration across disciplines

9:50-10:00 Introduction to Ideation

10:00-12:00 Question Exploration
Using our GreenLight methodology, track question will be explored and teams will start thinking critically about the challenge at hand.
12:00-3:30 Lunch and Brainstorming
Teams begin to work on their solution
  • 12:30-2:30 Genius Bar - Teams aligned with experts, specialists, resources, and stakeholders.  Teams are pre-registered to meet with mentors aligned with their subtracks but have access to all.
  • 3:15 Presentations due
3.30-5:00 Presentations
Each team presents for 5 minutes, with a 5 minutes Q&A session.
Each team, regardless of whether they are advancing or not, will be provided with a set of written comments from their judges.
5:00 Winner Announced
5:15 Conference Closes
5:15-7:00 Closing Reception
Teams, stakeholders and mentors have chance to network with other participants.

Participant Portal

Applications are now closed!

Sign up now for the Genius Bar

Sign up for a 15-minute slot.  You'll have 5 minutes to present your progress to mentors, and they will provide 10 minutes of constructive feedback.

Genius bar begins at 12:30 PM and with last slot starting at 2:15 PM.

There are 16 slots so teams are encouraged to take at least one (2 max) time slots starting from 12:30PM with last slot at 2:15PM. This is on a first come first serve basis so please take advantage of this resource!

There will be mentors available outside of genius bars as well for additional mentorship.

People & Partners

Sara Harari

Associate Director of Innovation & Strategic Advisor to the President at Connecticut Green Bank
MBA 2019
Master of Environmental Management 2019

Tushar Agarwal

Project Management Senior Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Stuart DeCew

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

Cass Walker

Executive Director at First Southwest Community Fund

Heather Fitzgerald

Associate Director at Yale Center for Business and the Environment