In 2006, the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies launched the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) in order to advance business solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. This year, the center celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The center oversees the joint degree program between the two schools, created in 1982—the oldest joint degree in business and the environment in the United States. It also initiates research projects, presents speakers, and coordinates collaboration among faculty, students, and visiting scholars and business leaders.
As part of its 10th-anniversary commemorations, CBEY interviewed joint degree graduates and other stakeholders about its achievements during its first decade.
“As a 2016 graduate, it’s not difficult to recognize how large of an impact CBEY has had on my current work and future career path,” said Sumit Kadakia SOM/FES ’16, co-founder of the sustainable food company Renewal Mill. “CBEY has helped me answer ‘why,’ ‘for whom,’ and ‘by what means’ I should work in order to make an environmental impact.”
Marissa Galizia SOM/FES ’15, who oversees strategic partnerships at Chargepoint, Inc., added, “My goal for my three years as an MBA/MEM joint degree at Yale was to learn how to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies through strategic marketing. Though there wasn’t yet programming on the intersection of marketing and sustainability, the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale helped me find and create the experiences I needed to explore this and begin a career in it.”