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2009 Yale Conservation Finance Camp

2009 Yale Conservation Finance Camp

Financing Conservation During A Time Of Crisis

Building from the success of the 2007 and 2008 sessions, the Center for Business and the Environment is hosting its third week-long course on conservation finance from June 22-26, 2009 on Yale’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut.  A special focus for this year is on ways to keep financing land conservation in these difficult economic times. More information and application

The course provides a framework for analyzing and packaging a wide range of cutting-edge sources of private and public conservation finance, including new types of philanthropic funds, public capital and private investment.  The focus is on useful, hands-on tools for conservation practitioners.  The sessions will feature many experienced conservation financiers as presenters, along with a knowledgeable core faculty.  Speakers will describe case studies in such emerging topics as ecosystem service payments, conservation investment firms, public bond initiatives and the federal fiscal stimulus package. 

Confirmed speakers

Pat Coady, Coady Diemar Partners

Ernest Cook, Trust for Public Land

Peter Howell, Open Space Institute

Jim Levitt, Harvard Forest

Other experienced leaders in the field.


Core faculty

Story Clark, Conservation Consulting

Brad Gentry, Center for Business and the Environment at Yale

Peter Stein, Lyme Timber Company

This highly interactive course is limited to 20 participants.  It offers attendees the opportunity to combine the multiple techniques often required to fund successful conservation transactions, as well as to seek advice on their own conservation projects from experts in the field.  The course will include a field trip and time to network with experienced conservation leaders.

Course sponsors include:  The Center for Business and the Environment at Yale; the Land Trust Alliance; Island Press; and the Conservation Finance Forum.



Tuition for the five-day course is $1000, including local transportation and meals.  While participants are responsible for their own lodging, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale in downtown New Haven at the rate of $135 / night for those who are interested.



Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.  Once your application has been received and you receive an email confirmation of your acceptance to the camp, please submit payment and registration information online. More information and application


For more information or to reserve a room at the Omni Hotel please contact Amy Badner, Senior Administrative Assistant, Center for Business and the Environment at Yale at 203-432-5887 or

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