As we begin a new year at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, we wanted to reflect on some of the outstanding achievements of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni during 2015.
Dozens of students received esteemed grants and honors. The largest student-run Environmental Film Festival at Yale ran for the seventh year in a row and drew in hundreds of viewers from the greater New Haven area. We welcomed more than 100 guests and lecturers from around the world, including Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway and pioneer in the field of sustainable development; U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; and His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, the second-highest ranking leader in the Buddhist faith. And we celebrated the retirement of Professor Thomas Graedel, who served at F&ES for 18 years and made Yale a global center in industrial ecology.
It is important to recognize that everyone’s added passion and perseverance — small or large — contributed significantly to the success of our school. And, more importantly, making our planet sustainable.