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.

Resumes and statements of interest will inform selections for in-person interviews. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

First round deadline: 11:59pm on August 19, 2019

Second round deadline: 11:59pm on August 26, 2019

As we receive applications, we will contact qualified candidates to set up interviews on a rolling basis throughout August and early September. The interviews may be scheduled either in-person or via videoconference.

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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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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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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

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

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