About YCEI

From 2009 to 2016, Yale Climate & Energy Institute promoted and funded interdisciplinary research at Yale on climate change and its links to modern energy use. 

YCEI programs included Postdoctoral Fellowships, Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research, Grants for Workshops and Conferences, and the Energy Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program.

In addition to these activities, YCEI helped start several new research programs at Yale, including the Yale West Campus Energy Sciences Institute, which focuses on renewable energy and carbon management, the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative at the Yale School of Public Health. YCEI also helped launched a major project at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies on the monitoring of groundwater during development of unconventional shale-gas reservoirs by hydraulic fracturing.  


Yale Climate & Energy Institute closed on June 30, 2016. The announcement of the closing made made in the following e-mail message to the YCEI community from interim co-directors, Jay Ague and Dave Bercovici.

February 29, 2016

Dear Members of the YCEI Community

We write with the news that the University will cease funding for the Yale Climate & Energy Institute,  and thus the YCEI will stop activities and close up shop as of June 30, 2016.  

The YCEI was conceived and started in 2008,  with overwhelming enthusiasm from faculty and students across campus,  the generous backing and advice of then President Richard Levin, and the time and effort of a highly engaged external advisory board.   In its years of activity, the YCEI accomplished many things,  spawning new collaborations between departments and schools and with entities outside Yale, starting new initiatives, institutes and educational programs, supporting new scholarship and research with seed grants,  postdoctoral fellowships,  workshops and major conferences.  But, while not all good things have to come to an end, sometimes they just do.

We would certainly like to acknowledge and thank the valiant efforts of the YCEI Staff,  Executive Director Mike Oristaglio,  Communications Director Eric Ellman,  and Senior Administrative Assistant Cherie Gargano

We also want to give our sincerest thanks to former Director Mark Pagani, for all his time and enormous energy and vision in running the Institute during some difficult years.  

But more than anything, we want to thank you, the Yale community of students, postdocs, staff and faculty,  from across Yale’s campus and disciplines, for making the  8 years of this grass-roots effort a memorable adventure and experience. 

With gratitude,

Dave Bercovici & Jay Ague
Interim Co-Directors, YCEI