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Westies: Connecting YSE with Western Issues, Western Careers, and Good Ol’ Western Fun 
The Westies student interest group at the Yale School of the Environment promotes awareness of environmental issues important to the Western United States. 
Westies supports a student community committed to the West through professional networking opportunities and social events that keep the western spirit alive at Yale. We also promote western courses, faculty, case studies, and training. 
Westies members explore creative solutions to western challenges and take advantage of the unique opportunities present in the region. The group organizes events for the Yale and YSE community which address important western resources-related topics including:

  • land and water conservation
  • ecosystem management
  • water rights and consumption
  • outdoor recreation
  • mining and resource extraction
  • forest restoration and fire management
  • wildlife habitat impacts and restoration
  • green development and western urbanism
  • climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • renewable-energy infrastructure
  • public lands
  • conflicts surrounding environmental regulations and statutes
  • rural economies & working lands 
Westies welcomes all interested participants. 

SIG Leaders

Michael Storace (michael.storace@yale.edu)
Erik Anderson (erik.anderson@yale.edu)