Claire Huntley Lafave

Claire Lafave
Yale School of Management, MBA, 2020 Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master of Environmental Management, 2020

Currently a joint degree student between the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Claire is focusing her studies on sustainable business in the food and agriculture sector. She spent her first summer internship developing strategies for the sustainability team at Happy Family Brands, an organic baby food company, and she spent her second summer developing marketing and sustainability initiatives for Hugo & Hoby, a furniture start-up founded by two Yale SOM alums.

Prior to Yale, Claire worked as a farm-to-school coordinator on Martha's Vineyard, empowering students to make healthy eating choices and grow food themselves, so she is very familiar with Woods Hole! Later, she moved on to teach at a project-based school in the Bay Area for two years. She graduated Cum Laude from Williams College in 2012, with a major in English, and a concentration in Environmental Studies. At Yale, Claire founded and is managing the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at the Center for Business and the Environment, and is a Board Fellow at the New Haven Land Trust. She loves camping, dancing, reading contemporary fiction, and gardening. 

Authored Articles
Is this the way to crop reform?

(Photo courtesy of Pexels.com .) Farmers can deliver steeper returns to themselves, their ecosystem, and their economy when their insurance system makes more sense. 

The Case for Crop Insurance Reform

Across the political spectrum, most Americans have favorable opinions of farmers and are happy with the idea that the federal government provides financial assistance to help pay for crop insurance. If they knew crop insurance's full cost, that might change. This system, while well-intentioned, leaves out the majority of farmers and encourages the degradation of precious soil and water reserves by rewarding consolidated monoculture crop production. The crop insurance system keeps large-scale commodity farmers reliant on government payments rather than helping them build more innovative and resilient business models that could generate positive regenerative impacts, improve farm resilience to extreme...
Regenerative agriculture begins here

The State of Regenerative Agriculture: Growing With Room to Grow More

This article, by The Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (RAI) team at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY), is the first in a series on key opportunities to accelerate regenerative agriculture in the United States. Ordinary agricultural production aggravates greenhouse gas emissions as well as soil health, water quality, and biodiversity. At today’s rate of soil degradation, some scientists predict the world’s topsoil could be destroyed within 60 years. Regenerative agriculture can reverse that. The Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (RAI) conducted a landscape analysis of ongoing efforts to accelerate regenerative markets in the United States.