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GLOBAL COALITION IS GOING TO RIO

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GAINING HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT? 
 
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND THE UN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN RIO THIS JUNE? 
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A NETWORK OF INNOVATIVE STUDENTS & PRACTITIONERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD?
The Yale Office of Sustainability IS PARTNERING WITH  Fundação Getulio Varga AND UMASS Boston TO BRING TOGETHER student TEAMS DEVELOPING sustainability initiatives. 
On June 19 SELECTED STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN A  collaboration & idea-sharing WORKSHOP IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.
SEE THIS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS ON SUBMITTING A PROPOSALhttp://sustainability.yale.edu/news/rio2012
 
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON APRIL 16.

March 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Cop16 & Coalition

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

Throughout November when Cop16 was approaching, we tried hard to find funding and support to host an event, looking at it as an opportunity to expand the Coalition, invite student groups active in finding sustainability solutions on their campuses in Latin America to join us. Unfortunately, we flopped.

This may have something to do with the fact that as Cop16 approached, its ability to be effect waned. A really telling post on Cop16 comes from a foreign policy professor here at Yale. His perspective is interesting, to say the least. So check it out when you get a chance, Walter Russell Mead’s post on “Bureaucrats Swindle Greens in Cancun” .

But we look forward to a meeting in March at Yale, coinciding with the International Alliance of Research Universities Conference. Let’s hope that works out!

December 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Skype with MIT

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

Speaking with Katherine from MIT the other day gave me great insight into understanding what it’s going to take to make this Coalition more successful!

While she’s been working away on the MIT/Yale project, studying almost 200 different sustainability projects across universities–she’s also got some wise words about the Coalition.

  • Coalition teams had varying degrees of involvement–for future development, how can we incentivize the teams to contribute equally to the idea-sharing and the implementation of the project?
  • The involvement of the administration at the University is crucial–Katherine says it’s one of the reasons why the MIT/Yale project succeeded.
  • There was a lot of confusion about what it meant to be a part of the Coalition–looking forward to the second year of the Coalition, we should look into making it clear what joining the Coalition involves!

Will definitely follow up on these suggestions. Thanks, Katherine!

October 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Meeting with Yale STEP

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

Last night, at a coffee shop underground at the Yale University Bass Library, I met a few leaders of Yale’s Student Taskforce for Environmental Partnership (STEP). The point person that I’ll be communicating with about future Coalition plans is, Jimmy Murphy.

We’ve gotten word from STEP that they’ll definitely support any Coalition endeavors or campaigns in the future. And if anyone wants to know what it’s like working on Sustainability at Yale from a student standpoint–STEP leaders definitely have experiences to share!

We look forward to more correspondence from them!

October 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Skype Meeting with Tongji Team

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator


I had the opportunity to meet a few of the members from the Tongji team this morning (but last night for them). The key take-away from the meeting in regards to the coalition is that for Tongji, they are in it for the communication. They hope the Coalition will be able to foster a sharing of useful ideas and exciting projects.

They were definitely excited to share some of the initiatives going on in Shanghai at Tongji University! They’re trying to tackle waste by training students on how to conserve water, e-waste and paper. In the coming months, they’ll be providing more details and visual updates for you.

Another exciting thing is that for the past year, our team at Tongji hasn’t been able to access the old website–but on this new wordpress portal–they finally have access! So you’ll be seeing more posts from them.

October 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Interview w/ Matt Ramlow

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

In a past post, I mentioned that I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the Coalition and connect with those that had been instrumental to the Coalition’s functioning last year. One of those people is Matthew Ramlow. I had the chance to speak with him over a meal and I wanted to share the three key take-aways with you!

Matt is currently a senior at Yale University, very involved in on-campus environmental initiatives at Yale. Specifically, Matt was at Cop15 and attended the meeting with the original Coalition members. He had been the Yale point-person for the collaboration with MIT on one of the projects presented at Cop15 during the Coalition Conference. He’s been a leader of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition (YSEC) and actively competes on Yale’s Crew Team. From the conversation with him, I took away three things:

  • The Coalition is important–but students are busy so all this ‘trading of information’ might not work out as we hoped or be as useful as we think.
  • The teams included in the Coalition were at varying stages and had various strengths. This may make it difficult to collaborate, but it is also a great opportunity for the teams to share their experiences and expertise with each other.
  • Having teams with more than one person is incredibly incredibly important.

We will be keeping these things in mind as we build a stronger Coalition. Thanks, Matt!

October 5, 2010 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Coordinator Update: Cop16 in Cancun

by Vi Nguyen, Coordinator

With 38 days left until the Cop16 conference in Cancun, we are trying to set up a meeting with the Coalition members in conjunction to the Cop16. Here was our pitch:

EVENT DETAILS: The Yale Climate and Energy Institute and the Yale Office of Sustainability will host a 1-day conference for about 50 attendees, consisting of student groups from universities around the world. The conference will include peer-to-peer evaluations and bonding, workshops, presentations, and debates by student groups representing the different universities. Policymakers and experts in attendance in Cancún will offer insights on student projects and hold a Q&A session for students to ask current leaders about their experiences.

DELIVERABLES:

  • Video report of workshop day
  • Analysis of pre & post survey of usefulness of workshop for attendees
  • Two mid-year reports on the activities of the Coalition

Many of the Coalition members are anxiously waiting to hear the news of whether our pitch was successful! We will keep you updated as news come in.

September 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

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