The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) seeks to hire research assistants and student assistants to support the Center’s research, educational and entrepreneurial programming.

Students will provide between 5 to 10 hours per week during the 2017-18 academic year to support the various programs and initiatives offered by CBEY. These positions are open to Yale undergraduate and graduate students only.

Resumes and statements of interest will inform selections for in-person interviews. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis:
  • First round deadline: 11:59pm on August 17th
  • Second round deadline: 11:59pm on August 28th


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CBEY Entrepreneurship Team

The Yale Center for Business and Environment is seeking applications to hire four student research assistants to join the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship Team.

The Yale Center for Business and Environment is seeking applications to hire four student research assistants to join the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship Team. This team supports the development of student business models that turn creative solutions to environmental and social challenges into scalable commercial solutions, and engages students across the campus at every level of social and environmental entrepreneurship through a variety of opportunities.  More about these programs here.

This student team works with CBEY staff to collaborate with organizations across campus to engage students across the board in social and environmental entrepreneurial activities. We support a wide range of students – from those who want to learn about innovative thinking, to those developing new ventures that create balanced social, environmental and economic value through integrating sustainability more fully into the core the operations and mission.  The team works in the following areas:

  • Prizes & Events
  • Workshops & Classes
  • Outreach & Alumni Engagement
  • Cross-campus Strategy

Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship Team Positions:

  • Entrepreneurial Prizes Coordinator (Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize/Sobotka Seed Stage Grants)
  • Bright Lights Green Sights Coordinator
  • Climate Change Entrepreneurship Coordinator
  • External Partnerships & Mentorship Coordinator

 

Entrepreneurial Prizes Coordinator

The entrepreneurship program at CBEY administers significant funding support through the Sobotka Seed Stage Venture Grants and the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize to develop and enhance connections for student entrepreneurs on campus.

The goal of the program is to support student and faculty efforts to start an environmentally oriented for-profit business culminating in a winner-take-all cash prize of $25,000. This program includes a speaker series, professional development workshops, and mentoring led by experienced practitioners. The program also includes the "Sabin Prize Speaker Series," which brings ecoprenuers to campus to discuss the challenges of starting-up and managing an environmental business venture. This student will assist in the event management, application management and program planning for the $10,000 and $25,000 winner-take-all Yale competitions.

 

Bright Lights Green Sights Coordinator

Bright Lights, Green Sights is a speaker series that highlights voices of underrepresented leaders in sustainable entrepreneurship. The series seeks to expand popular understandings of sustainability beyond natural resource issues, and features change makers working to simultaneously reach long-term environmental, social, and financial goals. 

The goal of the speaker series to bring diverse voices to campus, and facilitate opportunities for students to engage with the speakers through speaker events, small group meetings and podcasts. To learn more and see what Bright Lights Green Sights 2016-2017 offered, visit: http://cbey.yale.edu/programs-research/bright-lights-green-sights. This student will assist in identifying & recruiting inspiring at least 4 speakers to come to campus during the year. They will be the point person for each speaker, planning & executing the speaker event, small group discussion & podcast recording.

 

Climate Change Entrepreneurship Coordinator

With the current administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change agreement, we are in a critical time for individuals and business to step up and take action. At CBEY, we believe that entrepreneurs have an unlocked potential to help slow down, and maybe even reverse, the effects of climate change. We are proposing a focused effort on Climate Change Entrepreneurship at CBEY to provide opportunities for students to explore, experiment and implement innovative solutions on the local and global level.

This new initiative will include a speaker series, accelerator/hackathon, seed stage funding and communications. The student will assist in designing the new initiative, identifying & recruiting speakers, supporting the design and execution of a 1-day hackathon, and work with campus partners to offer seed stage funding for innovative climate change solutions.

 

Please direct any questions about the above opportunities to Cass Walker

To apply for one of the above (or any other) positions, click HERE

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CBEY Marketing and Communications

Outreach; Website; Social Media

Outreach; Website; Social Media

The key goal of this Research Assistant will be to maintain the center’s online presence to publicize events, increase program visibility, inform/update followers, and further develop the Center’s social media marketing strategy. The position will support the Center throughout the entire year in the following initiatives

  • Coordinate CBEY’s digital media marketing plan and priorities
    • Work in concert with the Assistant Director to create content around Center’s programs, initiatives and events
    • Work with Yale SOM and Yale F&ES communications team to cross-post content
    • Measure performance of content and key website metrics
    • Monitor any mentions of the Center or affiliates in the media
    • Assist with managing and measuring CBEY’s social media (Twitter, Facebook and newly added Instagram)
    • Assist in other content development and updating of the Center’s website
  • Setting and reaching goals for increased outreach and enhanced interaction with students on campus, Yale Alumni and external partners.
  • Work in concert with CBEY’s digital publications and webinars (Nature’s Returns, Blueprint for Clean Energy, Clean Energy Finance Forum, Conservation Finance Network, Carbon Charge Webinars) to
    • Promote articles and events
    • Evaluate impact
    • Manage social media

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to heather.fitzgerald@yale.edu

To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE

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Market Assessments and Strategies for Advancing Renewable Heating and Cooling

Yale Center for Business and Environment is seeking applications for student research assistants to assist in ongoing research establishing the necessary knowledge for qualified policy choices and strategies to advance renewable heating and coolin

Yale Center for Business and Environment is seeking applications for student research assistants to assist in ongoing research establishing the necessary knowledge for qualified policy choices and strategies to advance renewable heating and cooling in the state of Connecticut and across the Northeast. The research will be divided into distinct activities supporting the project “Feasibility of Renewable Thermal Technologies in Connecticut” and the Renewable Thermal Alliance (RTA.) Students will meet weekly with a research fellow who is running the projects and will work both as a team and independently to complete the research. The research is done in conjunction with project partners such as the Connecticut Green Bank, United Illuminating, Eversource, NYSERDA and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

The Connecticut activities focus on establishing a framework of indicators and metrics to monitor the renewable heating and cooling markets over time. The research seeks answers to the questions 1) how to track the market, and 2) how to understand the customers. Although the framework is developed to be generic, it will be built around the use-case “Thermalize” as a group purchase concept intended to reduce soft-cost, reduce customer inertia as well as increase awareness and trust.

The RTA is a network of 160 stakeholders from the whole value chain for renewable heating and cooling, coordinated by CBEY. The RTA mission is to catalyze and scale a regional market for renewable heating and cooling through sharing best practices and establishing cross-border projects within targeted focus areas. Scalable business and finance models, standardization and performance data are among the focus areas of the RTA.

The student research team will be involved in the following activities throughout the year.

  • Collect, structure and analyze data to establish baseline indicators and metrics for renewable heating and cooling markets. The work will focus on regional group purchasing campaigns involving renewable thermal technologies (“Thermalize”).
  • Manage, organize and assist field studies to gain customer insights relevant for designing group purchasing campaigns.
  • Analyze and study issues that are relevant for RTA discussions through the engagement track. This includes research and analysis for the discussion forum and preparations for the semi-annual in-person meetings.
  • Organize semi-annual in-person meetings including but not limited to contacting potential speakers, administer registrations and assist the implementation of the events.  
  • Organize and analyze performance data for renewable heating and cooling technologies.

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to helle.gronli@yale.edu

To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE

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Online Education - Financing and Deploying Clean Energy

      The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Yale School of Management, led by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, is developing a new model for online education at Yale. This potential program will train current leaders and decision makers how to finance and deploy clean energy at scale. The format of this program will be analyzed an as a model for additional graduate certificate programs at the university.

      Roles for this opportunity include:

      • Program development/coordination (2 positions)
      • Curriculum development/energy systems analysis (2 positions)

      Description: Two research assistants will support the development and implementation of a series of online courses, interactive course materials and webinars on clean energy finance and deployment. In addition, two students will take a semester long deeper dive into developing course materials on energy systems analysis and modeling.

      Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

      • Research and analysis on the course topic
      • Identify and prioritize the best existing resources (articles, PowerPoints, animations, simulations, videos, etc) for teaching energy systems analysis and modeling. 
      • Review of existing course content and materials at Yale on Clean Energy Financing
      • Development of new online materials
      • Identification and outreach to relevant guest speakers

      Please direct any questions about this opportunity to stuart.decew@yale.edu

      To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE

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      Science to Solutions: Research Grant Coordination and Marketing

      Each year CBEY distributes approximately $50,000 in funding for student and faculty academic research.  The Center is seeking to hire one student with an interest and focus in the development and dissemination of rigorous academic research th

      Each year CBEY distributes approximately $50,000 in funding for student and faculty academic research.  The Center is seeking to hire one student with an interest and focus in the development and dissemination of rigorous academic research that addresses a gap in public understanding of business and environment issues.  This student will,

      • Publicize and promote the grant opportunity across Yale to faculty and students.
      • Organize the grant applications for evaluation by a set of reviewers.
      • Manage the communication of grant results to the applicants.
      • Work with the leadership team at the Center to develop updated research profiles on all CBEY sponsored research.
      • Write feature articles on the research of the grantees and identify ways to create earned media opportunities to feature the research outside of academic publications.

      About the Weyerhaeuser Research Grant program

      The goals of this research grant program are to support interdisciplinary and collaborative student-faculty research, increase scholarly research at the intersection of business and the environment, and advance practical solutions to environmental problems. Examples of suitable topics include, but are not limited to: green consumer marketing, energy, environmental and development economics, corporate environmental management and strategy, environmental markets and finance, green design, sustainable business operations, and resource management.

      Please direct any questions about this opportunity to heather.fitzgerald@yale.edu

      To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE

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      Sustainable Infrastructure

      This project is hosted by the Center and this position will work directly with Professor Todd Cort and our external partner on the research and development of a case study.

      This project is hosted by the Center and this position will work directly with Professor Todd Cort and our external partner on the research and development of a case study.

      Description: The Research Assistant will lead the research on sustainable infrastructure, monetization of natural capital and public/private economics.  Our partner is NS – the Dutch rail company.  NS is partnering with CBEY to research the role of sustainability and natural capital as performance metrics for transport.  Specifically, when governments undergo tender processes to award contracts for transportation services (such as rail franchises), how can natural capital be integrated as a metric into the tendering process?

      Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

      • Research and analysis
      • Development of a case study or research paper with external partner
      • Serve as direct liaison with external partner to connect NS to the Yale community (faculty and students) and organize seminars for NS to speak on campus

      Please direct any questions about this opportunity to todd.cort@yale.edu

      To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE

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      Using Behavioral Science to Target LMI and High-Value Solar Installations  (SEEDS II)

      Yale Center for Business and Environment is seeking applications for three student research assistants.  These students will join and support a research initiative at the Center entitled “Using Behavioral Science to Target LMI and High-Value

      Yale Center for Business and Environment is seeking applications for three student research assistants.  These students will join and support a research initiative at the Center entitled “Using Behavioral Science to Target LMI and High-Value Solar Installations.” 

      The first objectives of the project are to rigorously test new messaging, financing, and shared solar approaches for enhancing the diffusion of solar energy in low and moderate income (LMI) populations and quantify the benefits to the electricity grid from programs to expedite deployment of solar energy in targeted areas of high potential value to the grid.

      This project is a three-year data-driven analysis of novel marketing, financing, and shared or peer-to-peer solar options that builds off of the successful Yale SEEDS I project that assessed the use of novel behavioral strategies and social interactions to accelerate deployment of solar energy. This project involves two waves of randomized field experiments, the first wave involving novel approaches to reaching LMI communities, and second to areas with high potential value to the electricity grid, as determined by an electricity grid model that will be developed by the research team and calibrated to data from utilities and regional transmission organizations. Both waves will be followed by surveys to develop insight into the effectiveness of different approaches. Finally, the project will involve outreach and dissemination of the key findings to relevant stakeholders, including through the writing of a guidebook highlighting the key conclusions on the most effective and cost-effective approaches for deployment of solar energy to LMI communities.

      This three-year research project is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Evolutions and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program. The research assistants will join a Yale research team led by Professor Ken Gillingham, in conjunction with project partners from Duke University, MySunBuddy, the Connecticut Green Bank and SmartPower, a non-profit marketing firm.

      In the first year of the project, the main goal of the two research positions will be to contribute to the analysis and dissemination of the research project findings. Work will include:

      • Managing, organizing, and analyzing data on the factors influencing solar adoption in LMI communities in conjunction with the lead faculty investigators.
      • Project managing the coordination of work between the various project partners, facilitating and organizing regular communication (monthly calls and quarterly meetings) with representatives from the project partners: Yale University, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Connecticut Green Bank, MySunBuddy and SmartPower.
      • Quarterly reporting on project progress and research results to the U.S. Department of Energy.

      Please direct any questions about this opportunity to stuart.decew@yale.edu

      To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE

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      Webinar Coordinator - Internal Carbon Pricing

      Yale University is collaborating with the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and the World Economic Forum to host a series of

      Yale University is collaborating with the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and the World Economic Forum to host a series of interactive webinars featuring executives and practitioners from companies pushing the envelope on carbon pricing.

      This webinar series aims to use leading edge examples to facilitate and stimulate an open dialogue around best practices, aimed at a global audience of business leaders, policy makers, and academic experts. 

      Student responsibilities include:

      • Coordinating with CBEY, WEF and CPLC Staff on topics and themes planned for the series
      • Reaching out to potential presenters/moderators
      • Reading through any necessary background materials associated with the webinar theme and pick out some key questions/findings to guide the conversation
      • Crafting communications to promote the event (through the CBEY website, newsletter and other channels)
      • Write follow up articles on the content
      • (When applicable) Attending professional development meetings with other CBEY RA’s working on webinars

      Please direct any questions about this opportunity to heather.fitzgerald@yale.edu

      To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE


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      Yale partners with the World Economic Forum and the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition in a series of webinars aimed at starting a conversation about internal carbon pricing.

      At the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit, political and corporate leaders endorsed carbon pricing as a cornerstone of effective climate change mitigation. Today over 60 national and subnational jurisdictions currently regulate 13% of global emissions with carbon pricing policies, setting the stage for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

      Governments, businesses, and academic institutions are thinking about creative ways to put a price on carbon, as a “means to an end” - which goes beyond driving down greenhouse gas emissions and supports a global transition to a sustainable economy.

      Internal carbon pricing has been gaining momentum recently, with over 1,000 companies reporting the use of a carbon price in their operations, or plans to do so by 2017. Executives are seeing carbon pricing as a key opportunity to advance corporate responsibility, as well as a powerful financial tool for managing risk, identifying revenue opportunities from low-carbon investment, and sending a signal to policymakers. 

      The private sector has a momentous opportunity to take the lead on carbon pricing. But what does it take to convince an executive team and operationalize a price? What companies are shedding light on the carbon pricing pathway? How does industry apply lessons--from success and failure--to improve and expand the state of internal carbon pricing?

      Yale University is the first university in the world to introduce an internal carbon pricing scheme, and the first academic partner of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. Building on its first-hand experience of implementing a carbon charge on campus, Yale is looking to engage others on this topic and support the exchange of best practices.

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      Webinar Host - Blueprint for Clean Energy

      The Blueprint for Clean Energy webinar series is entering its ninth year.  This year’s series will continue our focus on energy efficiency with an emphasis on the

      The Blueprint for Clean Energy webinar series is entering its ninth year.  This year’s series will continue our focus on energy efficiency with an emphasis on the latest developments and opportunities. Through presentations from leaders in the corporate, nonprofit, and public-private arenas, we will explore clean energy (energy efficiency, solar, storage, etc) through the lenses of behavior, policy, finance, and technology.  This team will work in close coordination with the Clean Energy Finance Forum team to explore topics in clean energy finance related to energy efficiency and solar and with the Nature’s Returns webinar team to coordinate scheduling and professional development.

      The Blueprint for Clean Energy series will run from October 2017 through May 2018 with bi-monthly online webinars that are free and open to the public. The series is entirely student-run, with a small team responsible for developing the overall content of the series in addition to conducting outreach for speakers, hosting and managing the webinars. Work on the webinar teams will include

      • Attending weekly meetings with other CBEY RA’s working on webinars
      • Coordinating with CEFF editor on topics and themes planned for the series
      • Reaching out to potential presenters
      • Reading through any necessary background materials associated with the webinar theme and pick out some key questions/findings to guide the conversation
      • Taking the lead, and organizing other students to do marketing (through the CBEY website, newsletter and through the Clean Energy Finance Forum)
      • Moderate the actual webinar (introduce the presenter, take questions from audience, etc.)
      • (When applicable) Write follow up articles for the Clean Energy Finance Forum

      Please direct any questions about this opportunity to heather.fitzgerald@yale.edu

      To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE

       

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      Writer - Clean Energy Finance Forum

      The Center is looking to hire research assistants to coordinate and support all research and writing of original content for the Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF).

      The Center is looking to hire research assistants to coordinate and support all research and writing of original content for the Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF).

      The student team will research material for the newsletter, work with the writer/editor to develop original content for the publication, attend conferences to make industry contacts and report on new developments, create profiles of featured thought leaders in the field and convene regular discussions with a panel of experts to identify new trends and activities in energy efficiency and solar finance. 

      Benefits of participating in the CEFF team can include:

      • Improving your online visibility and Google searchability
      • Establishing professional expertise
      • Learning about clean energy finance
      • Exploring potential research topics
      • Networking and meeting potential employers
      • Expanding your knowledge of web design, marketing, and/or social media

      Please direct any questions about this opportunity to heather.fitzgerald@yale.edu

      To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE

       


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      Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) includes three components: 1) a news update that is produced twice a month, is read by 6,000 subscribers, and is the top-ranked English-language news source for professionals interested in learning more about energy efficiency and solar finance; 2) a webinar series that focuses on clean energy finance and is produced in partnership with leading organizations in the field; and 3) research reports on clean energy finance topics that are produced by Yale graduate students a few times a year and promoted by CBEY and Yale.

      Yale graduate students and recent alumni write for CEFF on a wide range of topics from distributed generation to property-assessed clean energy. We focus on news and interviews rather than opinion pieces. Students typically contribute one or two articles per semester. Some students also have key roles on our team involving project management, marketing, board recruitment, and social media.

      The main objectives of the publication are the following:

      • Inform finance professionals in the public and private sectors on the most important developments and news in energy efficiency and solar finance
      • Provide journalists with an in-depth source of the most relevant issues to cover in the popular press and trade publications
      • Accelerate the adoption of new or existing financial products developed to spur investment in the clean energy economy
      • Train graduate students to become experts in energy efficiency finance and solar finance and offer them a professional opportunity to learn how to communicate the nuances of environmental finance to a large and diverse audience
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      Writer - Conservation Finance Network

      The Center is looking to hire research assistants to coordinate and support all research and writing of original content for the Conservation Finance Network (CFN).

      The Center is looking to hire research assistants to coordinate and support all research and writing of original content for the Conservation Finance Network (CFN).

      The student writing team will research material for the newsletter, work with the writer/editor to develop original content for the publication, attend conferences to make industry contacts and report on new developments, create profiles of featured thought leaders in the field and convene regular discussions with a panel of experts to identify new trends and activities in conservation finance. 

      Benefits of participating in the CFN team can include:

      • Improving your online visibility and Google searchability
      • Establishing professional expertise
      • Learning about conservation finance
      • Exploring potential research topics
      • Networking and meeting potential employers
      • Expanding your knowledge of web design, marketing, and/or social media

      Please direct any questions about this opportunity to heather.fitzgerald@yale.edu

      To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE


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      CBEY is a key partner of the Conservation Finance Network (CFN), and is actively enhancing and expanding the online presence of CFN through the following initiatives

      1. The Website – The place to go for cutting-edge content on new for-profit models of investment in conservation, along with blended models that combine more traditional public or charitable sources with for-profit investment. Redesigned and invigorated in January 2016, the CFN website posts 3 to 5 original articles monthly and is rapidly building momentum among conservation finance professionals
      2. The Newsletter – A curated e-newsletter designed to showcase original content and information developed by content partners. Feature articles cover pressing topics with insights drawn from conversation with global experts in the field of conservation finance, as well as from webinars, boot camps and conferences.
      3. Webinars – The CFN features webinars from CBEY’s series “Nature’s Returns: Investing in Ecosystem Services – A dynamic webinar series addressing the growing importance of ecosystem service valuation and investment. This webinar highlights novel ecosystem services projects, identifies practitioners and shares success stories.

      The main objectives of the publication are the following:

      • Inform finance professionals in the public and private sectors on the most important developments and news in conservation finance
      • Provide journalists with an in-depth source of the most relevant issues to cover in the popular press and trade publications
      • Accelerate the adoption of new or existing financial products developed to spur investment in the conservation economy
      • Train graduate students to become experts in conservation finance and offer them a professional opportunity to learn how to communicate the nuances of environmental finance to a large and diverse audience
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      [JUST ADDED] Webinar Host - Nature's Returns

      Started in 2012, Nature’s Returns: Investing in Ecosystem Services has presented nearly 40 webinars to date.  The series explores the questi

      Started in 2012, Nature’s Returns: Investing in Ecosystem Services has presented nearly 40 webinars to date.  The series explores the questions: What do Ecosystem Services projects look like? Who are the practitioners involved and what skills are most important in terms of getting into the profession? What obstacles and opportunities does this field face?

      The webinar series will run from October 2017 through May 2018 with bi-monthly online webinars that are free and open to the public. The series is entirely student-run, with a small team responsible for developing the overall content of the series in addition to conducting outreach for speakers, hosting and managing the webinars. Responsibilities include:

      • Attending weekly meetings with other CBEY RA’s working on webinars
      • Coordinating with Conservation Finance Network (CFN) editor on topics and themes planned for the series
      • Reaching out to potential presenters
      • Reading through any necessary background materials associated with the webinar theme and pick out some key questions/findings to guide the conversation
      • Taking the lead, and organizing other students to do marketing (through the CBEY website, newsletter and through the Conservation Finance Network)
      • Moderate the actual webinar (introduce the presenter, take questions from audience, etc.)
      • (When applicable) Write follow up articles for the Conservation Finance Network

      Please direct any questions about this opportunity to heather.fitzgerald@yale.edu

      To apply for this (or any other) position, click HERE

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