The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) seeks to hire research assistants and student assistants to support the Center’s research, educational and entrepreneurial programming.

Students will provide between 5 to 10 hours per week during the 2019-20 academic year to support the various programs and initiatives offered by CBEY. These positions are open to Yale undergraduate and graduate students only.

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Blueprint for Clean Energy – Webinar Host

The Blueprint for Clean Energy webinar series is in its ninth year and focuses on new developments, trends, and opportunities in clean energy and energy efficiency.

The Blueprint for Clean Energy webinar series is in its ninth year and focuses on new developments, trends, and opportunities in clean energy and energy efficiency. Through presentations from leaders in the corporate, nonprofit, and public-private arenas, we explore clean energy (energy efficiency, solar, storage, etc) through the lenses of behavior, policy, finance, and technology.  This team works in close coordination with the Clean Energy Finance Forum team to explore topics in clean energy finance related to energy efficiency and solar.

The Blueprint for Clean Energy series runs from October through May with monthly online webinars that are free and open to the public. The series is entirely student-run, with a small team responsible for developing the overall content of the series in addition to conducting outreach for speakers, hosting and managing the webinars. Work on the webinar teams will include

  • Attending meetings with other CBEY RAs working on webinars
  • Coordinating with CEFF editor on topics and themes planned for the series
  • Reaching out to potential presenters
  • Reading through any necessary background materials associated with the webinar theme and pick out some key questions/findings to guide the conversation
  • Taking the lead to post and promote upcoming webinars (through the CBEY website, newsletter and through the Clean Energy Finance Forum)
  • Moderate the actual webinar (introduce the presenter, take questions from the audience, etc.)
  • (When applicable) Write follow up articles for the Clean Energy Finance Forum

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Heather.Fitzgerald@yale.edu

To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.

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Clean Energy Finance Forum – Writer

Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) is a digital news publication that is produced twice a month, is read by 7,000 subscribers, and is the top-ranked English-language news source for professionals in

Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) is a digital news publication that is produced twice a month, is read by 7,000 subscribers, and is the top-ranked English-language news source for professionals interested in learning more about energy efficiency and solar finance.

The main objectives of the publication are the following:

  • Inform finance professionals in the public and private sectors on the most important developments and news in energy efficiency and solar finance
  • Provide journalists with an in-depth source of the most relevant issues to cover in the popular press and trade publications
  • Accelerate the adoption of new or existing financial products developed to spur investment in the clean energy economy
  • Train graduate students to become experts in energy efficiency finance and solar finance and offer them a professional opportunity to learn how to communicate the nuances of environmental finance to a large and diverse audience

Yale students write for CEFF on a wide range of topics from distributed generation to property-assessed clean energy. We focus on news and interviews rather than opinion pieces. Students typically contribute one or two articles per semester, with the opportunity to write more if they are able. Some students also have key roles on our team involving project management, board recruitment, marketing and social media.

The student writing team researches material for the newsletter, works with the editor to develop original content for the publication, attends conferences to make industry contacts and report on new developments, creates profiles of featured thought leaders in the field and identify new trends and activities in energy efficiency and solar finance. 

Benefits of participating in the CEFF writing team can include:

  • Improving your online visibility and Google searchability
  • Establishing professional expertise
  • Learning about clean energy finance
  • Exploring potential research topics
  • Networking and meeting potential employers

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Heather.Fitzgerald@yale.edu

To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.

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Conservation Finance Network – Writer

CBEY is a key partner of the Conservation Finance Network (CFN), and is actively enhancing and expanding the online presence of CFN through building a robust website and insightful original content.

CBEY is a key partner of the Conservation Finance Network (CFN), and is actively enhancing and expanding the online presence of CFN through building a robust website and insightful original content. Redesigned and invigorated in January 2016, the CFN website is the place to go for cutting-edge content on new for-profit models of investment in conservation, along with blended models that combine more traditional public or charitable sources with for-profit investment.

The main objectives of the publication are the following:

  • Inform finance professionals in the public and private sectors on the most important developments and news in conservation finance
  • Provide journalists with an in-depth source of the most relevant issues to cover in the popular press and trade publications
  • Accelerate the adoption of new or existing financial products developed to spur investment in the conservation economy
  • Train graduate students to become experts in conservation finance and offer them a professional opportunity to learn how to communicate the nuances of environmental finance to a large and diverse audience

The student writing team will research material for the newsletter, work with the writer/editor to develop original content for the publication, attend conferences to make industry contacts and report on new developments, create profiles of featured thought leaders in the field and identify new trends and activities in conservation finance. 

Benefits of participating in the CFN writing team include:

  • Improving your online visibility and Google searchability
  • Establishing professional expertise
  • Learning about conservation finance
  • Exploring potential research topics
  • Networking and meeting potential employers

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Heather.Fitzgerald@yale.edu

To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Climate Change Innovation Coordinator

With the current administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change agreement, we are in a critical time for individuals and businesses to step up and take action.

With the current administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change agreement, we are in a critical time for individuals and businesses to step up and take action. At CBEY, we believe that entrepreneurs and innovators have an unlocked potential to help slow down, and maybe even reverse, the effects of climate change. The Climate Change Innovation program at CBEY represents a focused effort on providing opportunities to students to explore, experiment, and implement innovative solutions to climate change on the local and global level.

The primary pillar of this initiative is the Climate Change Solutions Generator, an 8-week program that convenes a group of interdisciplinary students from across campus, equips them with innovation tools, and provides space and mentorship to generate innovative ideas to address climate change. 

These students will assist in designing the curriculum, identifying & recruiting speakers, and executing the Climate Change Solutions Generator programming. The students will also assist the Grants & Prizes Coordinator in the review of the Climate Change Innovation Seed Grants.

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Ben.Soltoff@yale.edu.  To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.


CBEY’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation team supports the development of student business models that turn creative solutions to environmental and social challenges into scalable commercial solutions and engages students across the campus at every level of social and environmental entrepreneurship through a variety of opportunities.

The student team works with CBEY staff to collaborate with organizations across campus to engage students across the board in social and environmental entrepreneurial activities. We support a wide range of students – from those who want to learn about innovative thinking; to those developing new ventures that create balanced social, environmental and economic value through integrating sustainability more fully into their core operations and mission.

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Entrepreneurial Grants & Prizes Coordinator

The entrepreneurial program at CBEY administers significant funding support through the Climate Change Innovation Seed Grants, the Sobotka Seed Stage Venture Grants, and the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize to develop and enhance connections for st

The entrepreneurial program at CBEY administers significant funding support through the Climate Change Innovation Seed Grants, the Sobotka Seed Stage Venture Grants, and the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize to develop and enhance connections for student entrepreneurs and innovators on campus.

The goal of this pipeline of grants is to support student and faculty efforts to start environmentally oriented businesses and ventures, culminating in a cash prize of $25,000 at Startup Yale. This program engages CBEY alumni and community members to provide feedback and mentorship to the environmental entrepreneurs who apply to the grants.

CBEY’s entrepreneurial grants and prizes are largely student-driven. The student coordinator(s) will manage the process, with support from CBEY staff. Responsibilities include the following:

  • Promoting grant and prize opportunities across the Yale community
  • Providing guidance to ventures during the application process
  • Managing and reviewing applications
  • Organizing the judging and evaluation process
  • Consolidating and sharing feedback with applicants after the process is completed
  • Serving as a contact person and liaison for applicants and judges
  • Writing profiles of past awardees

CBEY’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation team supports the development of student business models that turn creative solutions to environmental and social challenges into scalable commercial solutions and engages students across the campus at every level of social and environmental entrepreneurship through a variety of opportunities.

The student team works with CBEY staff to collaborate with organizations across campus to engage students across the board in social and environmental entrepreneurial activities. We support a wide range of students – from those who want to learn about innovative thinking; to those developing new ventures that create balanced social, environmental and economic value through integrating sustainability more fully into their core operations and mission.

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Ben.Soltoff@yale.edu.  To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Speaker Series / Workshop Series Coordinator

This role will support the development and execution of a workshop or speaker series that 1) inspires students to develop creative solutions to environmental and social challenges, and 2) equips them with the skills to transform them into scalable

This role will support the development and execution of a workshop or speaker series that 1) inspires students to develop creative solutions to environmental and social challenges, and 2) equips them with the skills to transform them into scalable commercial solutions. Potential topics for the series might include: exploring innovative sustainable business models, designing sustainable physical products, or constructing a sustainable supply chain. The student will have substantial freedom in shaping the series’ direction.

This student will assist in the development of this workshop or speaker series by contributing to the shaping of the series’ theme, identifying & recruiting speakers and workshop leaders, coordinating with campus partners to host each event, and writing articles to that capture the takeaways from each event.

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Ben.Soltoff@yale.edu.  To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.


CBEY’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation team supports the development of student business models that turn creative solutions to environmental and social challenges into scalable commercial solutions, and engages students across the campus at every level of social and environmental entrepreneurship through a variety of opportunities.

The student team works with CBEY staff to collaborate with organizations across campus to engage students across the board in social and environmental entrepreneurial activities. We support a wide range of students – from those who want to learn about innovative thinking; to those developing new ventures that create balanced social, environmental and economic value through integrating sustainability more fully into their core operations and mission.

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Sustainable Entrepreneurship Consultancy Coordinator

The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Consultancy is a 2-credit group independent study program that occupies a unique niche in Yale’s entrepreneurial landscape.

The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Consultancy is a 2-credit group independent study program that occupies a unique niche in Yale’s entrepreneurial landscape. The consultancy brings together teams of graduate students to spend the Spring semester collaborating with a student entrepreneur to tackle a sustainability challenge.

SEC gives entrepreneurs access to a dedicated team of skilled individuals who are passionate about solving sustainability problems. Through SEC, entrepreneurs can step outside of their day-to-day management of their ventures to tackle complex problems critical to their ventures’ future success. Consultants receive hands-on consulting experience with a mission-driven startup. Through SEC, students learn frameworks to successfully navigate the client-consultant relationship while solving complex problems in a team setting.

These students will act at the “teaching assistant” for SEC, leading curriculum design, course facilitation, course evaluation, and support for both consultants and entrepreneurs.

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Ben.Soltoff@yale.edu.  To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.


CBEY’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation team supports the development of student business models that turn creative solutions to environmental and social challenges into scalable commercial solutions, and engages students across the campus at every level of social and environmental entrepreneurship through a variety of opportunities.

The student team works with CBEY staff to collaborate with organizations across campus to engage students across the board in social and environmental entrepreneurial activities. We support a wide range of students – from those who want to learn about innovative thinking; to those developing new ventures that create balanced social, environmental and economic value through integrating sustainability more fully into their core operations and mission.

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Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Technology + Sustainability Coordinator

This role will help lead an effort at CBEY to provide opportunities for students to explore how data science and emerging technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, can be used to capably and ethically address environmental prob

This role will help lead an effort at CBEY to provide opportunities for students to explore how data science and emerging technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, can be used to capably and ethically address environmental problems. 

Through this program, we aim to: introduce students to the latest emerging technologies and their potential connections to environmental solutions; provide students with a space to work with interdisciplinary groups to address real-world environmental problems; and connect students to mentors, role models, and existing campus resources related to environmental data science and technology.

This student will assist in the development of this new program, including mapping the tech+sustainability ecosystem on Yale’s campus; working with campus partners to host events, workshops, and hackathons; supporting projects related to sustainable blockchain; writing articles, and contributing to strategy.


CBEY’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation team supports the development of student business models that turn creative solutions to environmental and social challenges into scalable commercial solutions and engages students across the campus at every level of social and environmental entrepreneurship through a variety of opportunities.

The student team works with CBEY staff to collaborate with organizations across campus to engage students across the board in social and environmental entrepreneurial activities. We support a wide range of students – from those who want to learn about innovative thinking; to those developing new ventures that create balanced social, environmental and economic value through integrating sustainability more fully into their core operations and mission.

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Ben.Soltoff@yale.edu.  To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.

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Financing and Deploying Clean Energy – Innovation Course Manager

The student course manager is in charge of supporting all aspects of the development activities for the Certificate and coordinating the work of teaching assistants in the delivery phase.

The student course manager is in charge of supporting all aspects of the development activities for the Certificate and coordinating the work of teaching assistants in the delivery phase. We are now recruiting a course manager for the Innovation Core Course of the Certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy to complete our development and teaching team and to deliver both a beautifully ambitious curriculum and an effective and efficient program.

Dates

The development activities for this position start in early fall of 2019 in the development phase. The delivery phase during which the course runs starts on March 23, 2020 and ends on May 17, 2020.

Activities:

This work will include:

  • Research on clean energy policy concepts, clean energy technology, and clean energy finance as needed, including coordination with Richard Kauffman and other faculty members at FES, SOM or elsewhere at Yale, and translation of cutting edge research for use into online training modules;
  • Identification of relevant experts and guest speakers to act as live or recorded content providers;
  • Faculty and expert outreach, including coordination of curriculum development activities and video production with faculty members and guest experts at the CT Green Bank, Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Yale Open Lab and others, together with the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale and the Yale Broadcast Studio, including hands-on work with the team’s senior creative producer;
  • Support of Yale faculty and staff before and during video shoots either on set at the Yale Broadcast Studio or at remote shoot locations (New England);
  • Commenting on and testing of raw video material to facilitate video editing by video production team;
  • Identification and prioritization of existing resources for teaching, including readings and problem sets as well as collection of B-Roll and other third party material;
  • Coordination with an external design team and internal Yale resources to create and document a process for Canvas site development and use;
  • Web-authoring and content development in Canvas, with an eye to (i) accessibility and compliance with Yale policies as well as (ii) design esthetics and (iii) online teaching best practices;
  • Implement metrics to determine (i) effectiveness of learning and (ii) impact of the program, and creation of a data collection and analysis framework to support the development of online programs at Yale;
  • Administrative support as need be;
  • Other tasks relating to the marketing, development, or delivery of the program as assigned by CBEY.

This is for you if:

  • You are passionate about the clean energy transition or climate change mitigation;
  • You are an excellent writer and professional communicator;
  • You are proactive and interested in learning and experimentation;
  • You are familiar with online tools and if not, you can pick up new skills quickly and are interested in doing so;
  • You can work independently, and handle project management efficiently;
  • You are confident and respectful in your interactions with stakeholders, from students to staff, faculty, external vendors, and experts across functions;
  • You follow through and can adjust your course of action based on feedback;
  • You like other humans and it shows!

General information

As part of a pilot program for Yale, CBEY launched a certificate in financing and deploying clean energy in July 2019.

This program trains 75 working professionals and develops their skills in four key areas of the clean energy sector through four core online courses:

  • Clean Energy Policy, led by Dan Esty;
  • Technology Transitions, led by Narasimha Rao, Michael Oristaglio, and Ronald Smith;
  • Renewable Energy Project Finance, led by Dan Gross; and
  • Innovation, led by Richard Kauffman.

Over the past year, our team of Yale students, faculty, and staff from across the University has been working on developing the program, including an online curriculum tailored to working professionals, video production, online content development, online education business models development, cultivating new marketing and sales channels, setting up the administrative infrastructure and more. Learn more about the teaching team here.

Come run an online start-up in a 300-year old institution with us, and help working professionals become informed actors who support the clean energy transition!

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Vero.Bourg-Meyer@yale.edu.  To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.

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Financing and Deploying Clean Energy – Teaching Assistant

A student course manager, in charge of supporting all aspects of the development activities for the Certificate, will be in charge of coordinating the work of two additional teaching assistants per core course.

A student course manager, in charge of supporting all aspects of the development activities for the Certificate, will be in charge of coordinating the work of two additional teaching assistants per core course. We are now recruiting teaching assistants to complete our teaching team and deliver both a beautifully ambitious curriculum in an effective and efficient manner. There are six (6) positions:

  • Tech transitions – Two (2) positions available to work with the Tech Transitions Course Manager (10 hours/week expected)
  • Renewable Energy Project Finance – Two (2) positions available to work with the REPF Course Manager (10 to 20 hours expected)
  • Innovation – Two (2) positions available to work with the Innovation Course Manager

Dates

Teaching assistants are expected to work while the online course is ongoing (8 weeks) and to do a little prep in the few weeks prior to the launch of the course

  • Fall 2019 – Tech Transitions
  • Spring 2020 – Renewable Energy Project Finance
  • Spring 2020 – Innovation

Learn more about the dates of each of these courses here.

Activities:

  • Assist the relevant Course Manager, the Program Director for Clean Energy and Conservation Finance, faculty members, and guest experts in delivering a thoughtful approach to online education;
  • Review assignments and interact with online Certificate participants, providing support as needed, explaining concepts, reviewing questions on online forums and holding office hours;
  • Occasionally leading discussion groups;
  • Support faculty members and guest experts during webinars or other online calls on Zoom on Thursday at noon EST while the course is ongoing (except Thanksgiving week);
  • Possibly create weekly announcements and reminders for our online cohort;
  • Light web-authoring and content development in Canvas, with an eye to (i) accessibility and compliance with Yale policies as well as (ii) design esthetics and (iii) online teaching best practices;
  • Research topics as needed;
  • Other tasks relating to the marketing, development, or delivery of the program as assigned by CBEY.

This is for you if:

  • You are passionate about the clean energy transition or climate change mitigation;
  • You are an excellent writer and professional communicator;
  • You are proactive and interested in learning and experimentation;
  • You are familiar with online tools and if not, you can pick up new skills quickly and are interested in doing so;
  • You can work independently, and handle project management efficiently;
  • You are confident and respectful in your interaction with stakeholders, from students, staff, faculty, external vendors, and experts across functions;
  • You follow through and can adjust your course of action based on feedback;
  • You like other humans and it shows!

General information

As part of a pilot program for Yale, CBEY launched a certificate in financing and deploying clean energy in July 2019.

This program trains 75 working professionals and develops their skills in four key areas of the clean energy sector through four core online courses:

  • Clean Energy Policy, led by Dan Esty;
  • Technology Transitions, led by Narasimha Rao, Michael Oristaglio, and Ronald Smith;
  • Renewable Energy Project Finance, led by Dan Gross; and
  • Innovation, led by Richard Kauffman.
  • Over the past year, our team of Yale students, faculty, and staff from across the University has been working on developing the program, including an online curriculum tailored to working professionals, video production, online content development, online education business models development, cultivating new marketing and sales channels, setting up the administrative infrastructure and more. Learn more about the teaching team here.

    Come run an online start-up in a 300-year old institution with us, and help working professionals become informed actors who support the clean energy transition!

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Vero.Bourg-Meyer@yale.edu.  To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.

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Health and Nature - Research Assistant

Spending time in green spaces provides a number of documented health benefits.

Spending time in green spaces provides a number of documented health benefits. It can improve both mental and physical well-being, increase physical activity, decrease anxiety and negative thinking, better cognitive development, improve blood sugar control, decrease high blood pressure, and much more. In response to these benefits, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Sciences, Fair Haven Community Health Center, Yale Office of Sustainability, and Being Well@Yale, have been exploring ways to increase access and time spent outdoors to improve the health of the Yale community, New Haven community, and beyond.

The work is divided into four complementary tracks:

  1. Park Prescriptions. The group is launching a pilot park prescriptions program at Fair Haven Community Health Center in partnership with Parks Rx America to allow keen providers to prescribe parks.
  2. Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) EPIC Integration, Social Apps and EHR. The group is developing a unique park prescription platform in the YNHHS electronic medical records (EPIC) to ensure data accuracy and HIPPA compliance and protections.
  3. Campus Green Spaces & Health. The group is expanding educational materials and programming to help increase knowledge and usage of campus green spaces.
  4. Funding Mechanisms & Network Building. The group is investigating grant funding and alternative funding mechanisms as well as promoting shared learning with peers and ongoing conversations with key leaders

We are seeking several research assistants (RAs) to help support the launch of this program and development of the tracks. RAs will be selected to focus on one track and will be expected to work independently. They will also work collaboratively with fellow RAs and supervisors and send bi-weekly updates to all members of the Nature and Health Team.

  1. Park Prescriptions RA

Planned responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Develop a suite of park prescription resources for providers
  • Create educational resources for patients (in English & Spanish)
  • Launch a pilot Park Rx program at Fair Haven Community Health Center & Student Wellness
  • Connect with research partners – faculty at YSPH, YSM or YSN
  • Park Rx evaluation & data analysis
  • Research ongoing health and nature interventions at other primary care centers and connect with clinical colleagues to collect resources, methods, and best practices. 
  • Research and connect with local community groups  

This position will be managed by Amanda DeCew, APRN, Fair Haven Community Health Center.

 

  1. Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) EPIC Integration, Social Apps and EHR RA

Planned responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • In collaboration with Yale Office of Sustainability, research and implement social activities to promote knowledge and use of campus green space using social apps and technologies, e.g. geocaching, Facebook, Pokemon Go
  • Assist in the Park Prescription web apps implementation
  • Assist in the integration of HER and Park Prescription web apps
  • Educate and promote use of EHR Park Prescription
  • Outreach to key stakeholders (internal and external)
  • Maintaining and expanding the park’s database 
  • Prior programming experience desirable but not necessary

This position will be managed by Hyung Paek, Medical Director of Information Technology (IT) at Fair Haven Community Health Care and Yale New Haven Health Systems.

 

  1. Campus Green Spaces and Health RA

Planned responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Manage Nature and Health team logistics and communications
  • Maintain and build out the Box folder of resources and documents
  • Coordinate communications with interested HEIs (Cornell, Penn, Columbia, Ivy+)
  • Develop Nature and Health resources for Yale employees & students
  • Develop and support Nature and Health programming (campaigns, Yale Trail, PWC orientations, etc.)
  • Maintain and expand the Parks Rx Database
  • Coordinate a speaker in the 2019-2020 academic year and key meetings for them to build momentum around the topic   

This position will be managed by Amber Garrard, Senior Manager of the Yale Office of Sustainability and support efforts of Lisa Kimmel, Director of Wellness and Health Education for Being Well at Yale and Student Health Education at Yale Health.

 

  1. Funding Mechanisms and Network Building RA

Planned responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Network & build support for initiative
  • Research & apply for grant funding sources for EPIC integration and larger program
  • Investigate alternative funding mechanisms (including provider reimbursements and ICD-10 code development, pay for performance systems, community health programs, and other sources)
  • Coordinate with New Haven Parks & Rec, URI, Land Trust
  • Hosting a speaker in the 2019-2020 academic year and coordinating key meetings for them to build momentum around the topic  

This position will be managed by Brad Gentry, FK Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale School of Management | Faculty Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment.

To apply for any of these Health + Nature positions (or any other CBEY position), click HERE.

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Nature's Returns – Webinar Host

Started in 2012, Nature’s Returns: Investing in Ecosystem Services has presented nearly 50 webinars to date.  The series explores

Started in 2012, Nature’s Returns: Investing in Ecosystem Services has presented nearly 50 webinars to date.  The series explores the questions: What do Ecosystem Services projects look like? Who are the practitioners involved and what skills are most important in terms of getting into the profession? What obstacles and opportunities does this field face?

The webinar series will run from October 2018 through May 2019 with monthly online webinars that are free and open to the public. The series is entirely student-run, with a small team responsible for developing the overall content of the series in addition to conducting outreach for speakers, hosting and managing the webinars.

Responsibilities include:

  • Attending weekly meetings with other CBEY RA’s working on webinars
  • Coordinating with Conservation Finance Network (CFN) editor on topics and themes planned for the series
  • Reaching out to potential presenters
  • Reading through any necessary background materials associated with the webinar theme and pick out some key questions/findings to guide the conversation
  • Taking the lead, and organizing other students to do marketing (through the CBEY website, newsletter and through the Conservation Finance Network)
  • Moderate the actual webinar (introduce the presenter, take questions from the audience, etc.)
  • (When applicable) Write follow up articles for the Conservation Finance Network

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Heather.Fitzgerald@yale.edu

To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE.

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Renewable Thermal Alliance – Basecamp Manager

The Renewable Thermal Alliance is a interagency working group whose mission is to Catalyze and scale Renewable Heating and Cooling in the NE Region and beyond through analysis, cross-sector convening, and promotion of best practices.  The RTA

The Renewable Thermal Alliance is a interagency working group whose mission is to Catalyze and scale Renewable Heating and Cooling in the NE Region and beyond through analysis, cross-sector convening, and promotion of best practices.  The RTA engages 300+ members through monthly webinars, in-person conferences, and an online discussion platform called Basecamp.

The student Basecamp Manager will work closely with the RTA Director to curate and manage the Basecamp discussion platform for RTA members.  The goal of the Basecamp platform is to provide informative, thoughtful, and curated content for RTA members and provide a seamless platform for engaging multiple stakeholder groups.

Responsibilities

  • Pitch ideas and research reports, news, and other sources for curated discussions
  • Assist in researching additional sources to address member questions and identify possible experts within our networks to address knowledge gaps
  • Monitor/maintain list serves and working group databases
  • Summarize discussions into blog content and member email updates
  • Overlap with the Clean Energy Finance Forum where appropriate
  • Maintain an updated database of state-level RPS policies that address RTTT/Thermal RECs as a resource for all members

Qualifications

  • Strong background in energy, engineering, or science, or physics
  • Working knowledge of state clean energy policy mechanisms, including renewable portfolio standards and renewable energy credits
  • Passion for reducing carbon emissions from buildings and cities
  • Experience with social media platforms and online discussion forums
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently

Please direct any questions to Nikki.Springer@Yale.edu

To apply for this (or any other position) please click HERE

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Using Behavioral Science to Target LMI and High-Value Solar Installations  (SEEDS II)

Yale Center for Business and Environment is seeking applications for two student research assistants.  These students will join and support a research initiative at CBEY entitled “Using Behavioral Science to Target LMI and High-Valu

Yale Center for Business and Environment is seeking applications for two student research assistants.  These students will join and support a research initiative at CBEY entitled “Using Behavioral Science to Target LMI and High-Value Solar Installations.”  This research project is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Evolutions and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program. The research assistants will join a Yale research team led by Professor Ken Gillingham, in conjunction with project partners from Duke University, MySunBuddy, the Connecticut Green Bank and SmartPower, a non-profit marketing firm.

This project is a data-driven analysis of novel marketing, financing, and shared or peer-to-peer solar options that builds off of the successful Yale SEEDS I project that assessed the use of novel behavioral strategies and social interactions to accelerate deployment of solar energy. This project involves two waves of randomized field experiments, the first wave involving novel approaches to reaching LMI communities, and second to areas with high potential value to the electricity grid, as determined by an electricity grid model that will be developed by the research team and calibrated to data from utilities and regional transmission organizations. Both waves will be followed by surveys to develop insight into the effectiveness of different approaches. Finally, the project will involve outreach and dissemination of the key findings to relevant stakeholders, highlighting the key conclusions on the most effective and cost-effective approaches for deployment of solar energy to LMI communities. 

The first objectives of the project are to rigorously test new messaging, financing, and shared solar approaches for enhancing the diffusion of solar energy in low and moderate income (LMI) populations and quantify the benefits to the electricity grid from programs to expedite deployment of solar energy in targeted areas of high potential value to the grid.

The main goal of the research positions will be to contribute to the analysis and dissemination of the research project findings. Work will include:

  • Managing, organizing, and analyzing data on the factors influencing solar adoption in LMI communities in conjunction with the lead faculty investigators.
  • Project managing the coordination of work between the various project partners, facilitating and organizing regular communication (monthly calls and quarterly meetings) with representatives from the project partners: Yale University, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Connecticut Green Bank, MySunBuddy and SmartPower.
  • Quarterly reporting on project progress and research results to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Write communications high-lighting the key conclusions on the most effective approaches to deploy solar energy to LMI communities.  This can include, but is not limited to, white papers, blogs, and other potential publications.

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to stuart.decew@yale.edu

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