YCEI Speaker Series: law and policy

09/24/2013 - 6:00pm | What Happens in the Arctic Doesn't Stay in the Arctic (and why you should care).

Kroon Hall; Burke Auditorium See map

Fran Ulmer is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, appointed by President Obama in March 2011. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer was Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Before that, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. Ms.

10/17/2013 - 12:30pm | Climate Refugees and the Challenge of Statehood: Defining the Problem, Identifying Solutions

Yale Law School, Rm 121 See map
127 Wall Street
New Haven

Please join the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy (YCELP) and the Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI) on Thursday, October 17, for a conversation with Maxine Burkett, a professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law and former director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy.

Her talk, which examines climate change and island communities – with a specific focus on climate-induced migration and the challenges of statelessness – begins at 12:30 PM in Yale Law School’s Room 121. It is free and open to the public.

10/29/2013 - 6:00pm | Preparing Farmers for a Changing Climate

Law School (Room TBD) See map

William Hohenstein is the Director of USDA’s Climate Change Program Office, within the Office of the Chief Economist. The Climate Change Program Office provides coordination and policy development support for the Department’s climate change program. It serves as the focal point for all support to the Secretary of Agriculture on the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as strategies for addressing them. In this role, Mr.

11/21/2013 - 5:00pm | Climate Change Adaptation in Megacities

Rit Aggarwala is the former director of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City and currently special advisor to Michael Bloomberg in his role as chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

02/12/2014 - 5:30pm | 50 Shades of Green with Brian Keene, Author of Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age

Kroon Hall; Burke Auditorium See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

02/18/2014 - 5:30pm | Can Capitalism Really Save the Planet? Environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson discusses his new book on the life and environmental legacy of Ted Turner

Kroon Hall; Burke Auditorium See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Todd Wilkinson is an environmental journalist and author of the critically-acclaimed book, Science Under Siege: The Politicians’ War On Nature and Truth.

04/15/2014 - 2:30pm | Assessing the Consequences of Carbon Mitigation Options for Water Resources: A Case Study from Australia

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

The climate-energy-water nexus is one of the most challenging environmental issues of the 21st century. This talk analyzes the policy decision by the Australian government to centre its climate policy on sequestering carbon in the landscape and presents some potentially damaging outcomes that may arise from this strategy.  The findings are relevant to other regions that are currently under water stress or may be in a changing climate.

09/24/2014 - 6:00pm | Communicating Beyond Your Constituency. George Marshall,

Yale Law School See map

George Marshall is the founder of the Climate Outreach Information Network, a charity specializing in public engagement around climate change. He blogs at and is the author of the upcoming book, “Don’t Even Think About it.  Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change”.