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Ben Soltoff

Ben Soltoff is the Environmental Innovation Fellow at Tsai CITY and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY). He works with students to explore how new ideas, technologies, and business models can address the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

Ben holds a dual master’s degree from the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. As a student, he was dedicated to building Yale’s ecosystem for environmental innovators, and he is excited to be continuing that effort as a full-time fellow.

Outside of Yale, he has worked for several environmentally relevant start-ups, ranging from a social enterprise in Mexico installing off-grid solar energy to a tech company in Silicon Valley building energy efficient ovens that cook with light. He also has experience working on international climate policy at World Resources Institute as well as grassroots climate resilience initiatives in rural India.

Along with his Yale MBA-MEM degree, Ben holds a Bachelor of Science from Duke University.

In his spare time, he enjoys getting deeply fascinated with a good book, obscure animal facts, or whatever shiny object, concept, or person happens to hold his attention.

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My Semester in 60+ Pitches

My Semester in 60+ Pitches

This fall, I started a new role, which came with one of the coolest job titles I’ve ever held: “Environmental Innovation Fellow.” When I told that to friends and family, they responded with both fascination and confusion, occasionally following up with, “What does that mean?” It’s a good question, one that I’ve often struggled to answer for myself over the last four months.