Master of Environmental Design - Specialization in Energy and the Environment Conservation and Management Program By Yale University |Top Universities

Master of Environmental Design - Specialization in Energy and the Environment Conservation and Management

Master of Environmental Design - Specialization in Energy and the Environment Conservation and Management

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  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months

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The Master of Environmental Management curriculum draws from coursework in the natural and social sciences and focuses on the complex relationships among science, management, and policy. The purpose of the program is to provide students with a scientific understanding of ecological and social systems that can be applied in a policy or management context. Students are also expected to hone their capacities as leaders and managers through summer internships, professional skills courses, and other opportunities. The MEM curriculum is flexible enough to allow students to tailor their course of study in a way that builds on their interests and experiences and that meets their specific career goals. MEM students can choose from more than one hundred courses offered by F&ES faculty and have access to a similarly large number of courses from other schools and programs at Yale. MEM students have the option to enroll in any of eight Specializations. The Specializations represent key areas of student interest, as well as emerging or enduring career fields within environmental management. Energy and the Environment, Purpose and Scope: Energy presents one of the biggest challenges we face as we seek more sustainable ways to provide society with goods and services. Energy is an essential input to nearly every human activity, but extraction and utilization of energy resources have profound effects on the environment. Society?s desire to access energy resources, which are distributed unevenly, raises geopolitical issues and energy security concerns. Billions continue to lack access to modern energy services relying on traditional biofuels, suffering severe adverse health effects. Costs and reliability of energy service provision are important concerns for households and businesses in all economies and are important areas for public policy and regulators. The profligate consumption of fossil fuels changes climate, pollutes ecosystems, and also impacts human health. Traditional and emerging alternative sources of energy pose their own sets of problems: hydroelectric installations alter hydrologic regimes and displace human populations; nuclear power generates hazardous wastes and can raise the risks of proliferation; and biomass-energy production can impact food security and complicate biodiversity conservation. Addressing these challenges and understanding the ramifications of various energy alternatives requires both a systemic and multidisciplinary perspective, which can be obtained through the MEM Specialization in Energy and the Environment. Students following this specialization will gain exposure to a mix of courses in energy systems, energy industries and technologies, policy analyses, business, economics, finance, the environment, and also can take advantage of an array of interdisciplinary and qualitative social-science courses. The Energy and the Environment Specialization exists to prepare students to help lead in developing a more equitable, efficient, and cleaner energy future. Graduates of the Energy Specialization will be prepared to work in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, private sector energy firms, energy consultancies and renewable energy start-ups, energy service companies, international financial institutions and development agencies, government agencies, and environmental think-tanks.

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