James Souder is a 2nd year MEM student at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies focused on Industrial Ecology and Green Design. He is from Virginia and studied Environmental and Social Sustainability for his undergraduate degree, with minors in biology, economics, international development, and photography. He worked for three years with environmental organizations in Pittsburgh, Washington DC, and Burkina Faso before coming to graduate school at FES.
This summer, he interned with Fifth Season Ventures, a VC firm that funds environmental clean tech startups in San Francisco. His research focuses on life cycle analysis, waste to resource innovation, and design for material recovery. James also helps lead the Industrial Ecology student interest group and is on the leadership team for the Environmental Film Festival at Yale.