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Tackle environmental challenges and create a sustainable future at the NSLC on Environmental Science & Sustainability.

With the major challenges facing the environment, our future will be defined by how leaders respond. At the NSLC on Environmental Science & Sustainability, you will take an active role in creating a sustainable future. With the guidance of some of the nation’s top research scientists and policy advocates, you and your peers will delve into today’s most pressing environmental issues and explore the variety of careers that intersect with our natural resources.

Program Highlights

Conservation Project
Spend time in one of Yale’s expansive forests and use it as your outdoor laboratory as you design and implement a conservation project focused on local flora and fauna with an emphasis on natural resource management.

Local Food
Follow the local food chain from area farms to restaurants with an emphasis on the importance of local foods and how to increase access to affordable, high quality ingredients.

Green Building
Use LEED guidelines, the nationally recognized standards for sustainable construction, as you work with your peers to evaluate local buildings and design a sustainable building project of your own.

Perform environmental analyses in a research laboratory

Hands-On Simulations

While living on the campus of Yale University, you will analyze soil and water samples in a research laboratory, design and implement a conservation project in one of Yale’s forests, investigate the impact of human consumption by visiting sustainable farms, food-centered businesses, and recycling centers, and explore the relationship between urban planning and the environment.

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC’s summer high school environmental science and sustainability program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the community. Past speakers include:

Ms. Lisa Jackson
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Cynthia Giles
Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, EPA

Mr. James Sniffen
Program Officer, UN Environment Program

Ms. Deborah Vorhies
Managing Director, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

Ms. Kennon Kay
Director of Agriculture, Queens Farm

Mr. Bill Telepan
Founder / Executive Chef, Wellness in the Schools

Design and implement your own conservation project

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the Environmental Science field:

  • Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Yale Myers Forest
  • Wholesome Wave
  • Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center

Leadership Trainng

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Environmental Science program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Intrapersonal Communication

Your NSLC tuition is all-inclusive. Your tuition covers course materials, housing, on-campus meals, social events and transportation throughout your program.

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We offer a comprehensive scholarship program to assist qualified students with the cost of NSLC tuition, based on financial need, academic merit and extracurriculars.

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Fundraising is a great way to raise funds to contribute toward your NSLC program tuition while also forging relationships with leaders in your community.

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