Ben Soltoff

Ben Soltoff
Environmental Innovation Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment and Tsai CITY
School of Management, MBA, 2019 School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master of Environmental Management, 2019

Ben Soltoff is the Environmental Innovation Fellow at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale. 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.

Authored Articles
Smokestacks

Lowell, MA / Curran Kelleher / CC BY 2.0

Startup Opus 12 Pilots Carbon Conversion Technology

What if excess carbon in the atmosphere could be converted to more useful forms? That’s the ultimate goal of carbon conversion companies such as Opus 12, a startup in Berkeley, California. Making stuff out of carbon dioxide could be a trillion-dollar industry by 2030, and it creates an economic incentive to start removing carbon from the atmosphere sooner rather than later, which is a critical piece of most scenarios for limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
Global Thermostat's Menlo Park, CA Plant

Global Thermostat co-founder Graciela Chichilnisky at the company's demo plant in Menlo Park, California / Photo courtesy of Global Thermostat

ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat Look to Scale Carbon Capture

This summer, ExxonMobil announced it would be working with carbon removal company Global Thermostat to help scale up their technology, with an eye towards large industrial applications. The announcement is the latest indicator that fossil fuel companies are looking ahead towards a world that’s far less friendly towards their products and the emissions they produce.