He calls the partnership “a great fit” for some of the work being done at Yale.
In many ways, Gentry says, the Sustainable CT collaboration is similar to other partnerships in which F&ES works with others to advance sustainability efforts on a global scale, including the Global Network for Advanced Management — a collaboration of graduate schools that connects resources and stakeholders — and the 100 Resilient Cities program, a Rockefeller Foundation-led partnership that helps cities worldwide become more prepared for physical, social, and economic challenges.
“Those aren’t that much different from what Sustainable CT is about,” said Gentry. “It’s examining how you can bring together networks of communities in a way that they can learn from each other and become more sustainable or resilient.”
“I think that’s a really important question for the school to be working on and training our students to help address.”
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The partnership, Gentry says, also presents an opportunity to introduce state leaders to some of the F&ES-based programs and initiatives that are already promoting sustainable practices in New Haven and beyond — from the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology
, which integrates research, teaching, and applied projects to enhance urban environments, to the Yale School Forest’s Quiet Corner Initiative
, which promotes sustainable land management practices for neighbors of Yale-Myers Forest, located in northern Connecticut.
“It builds nicely on the work we’re doing and takes it to the state level,” Gentry said. “Having a chance to link those deep, but so often separate, Yale programs and assets to make the region and state stronger seems like a really valuable opportunity.”
Sustainable CT is introducing the project statewide in a series of public information sessions, including a regional launch held at F&ES on Jan. 9.