Alumni summit aims to inspire conversations about environmental sustainability

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More than 400 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and outside experts will gather on Nov. 6-7 in the premiere Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit. The gathering is a university-wide collaboration originated by several alumni, and is being co-organized with the Yale School of Management (SOM), the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, and other campus partners.

While registration for the summit is full and closed, all are invited to follow the conversations generated during the event on social media using the hashtag #YESS_2015 and to follow @YESS_2015 on Twitter for highlights, including information about sessions that will be livestreamed online or available for viewing later. YaleNews will also offer comprehensive coverage following the event.

Organizers say that Yale is a particularly well-suited place to consider pressing global issues of food, energy, and water systems. “It became clear to us that our colleagues and friends from F&ES, SOM, and other parts of Yale were already some of the most committed and influential thought leaders and change-makers in the field of sustainability,” Carlos Pineda ’00 M.E.M./M.B.A. said. “We felt that we needed a unique forum for Yale leaders to come together, share knowledge, experience, and best practice, and see how we could do more by knowing more about each others’ initiatives and offering each other support.”

The summit will feature a fireside chat with Yale President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. and Tom Steyer ’79 B.A., founder of the environmental advocacy organization NextGen Climate. The two lead a roster of more than 70 speakers at the two-day summit.

Holly Welles ’88 M.F.S., a co-chair of the summit along with Pineda, Jaime Carlson ’08 M.E.M. ’09 M.B.A., and Jennifer Molnar ’04 M.E.M., notes that the event carries forth the vision for a more unified and innovative Yale promoted.

“We are delighted by the response to this summit, reflected by full registration well in advance,” Welles said. “There are alumni from across five decades, drawn from the college, graduate school, and seven professional schools, together with faculty, students, and staff from throughout the university. The issues of global sustainability are interconnected, so it is gratifying to see the enthusiasm for this summit from across so many schools, departments, and disciplines.”

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