About the Forum
May 6-8, 2020 // Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
After three successful years, the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum returns this May 6-8, 2020. In partnership with the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Yale Office of International Affairs, the Forum explores sustainability as an overarching framework for life in the 21st century. An integrated policy concept, sustainability diverges from approaches to environmental protection and economic development that were pursued in the 20th century. The program focuses specifically on the megatrends distinguishing sustainability from its 20th century precursors.
The Forum’s director is Daniel C. Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), and former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He says, "The Forum is indispensable for those wanting or needing to stay abreast of the major changes in environmental thinking in recent years. It is designed for policy makers at all levels of government and from any country, public and private sector executives, and anyone who wants a better understanding of the full range of developing concepts, tools, and strategies essential to leadership in sustainable practices and policies."
Team-taught, the Forum is organized around modules that each provide in-depth topical study, and brings together a diverse set of thought leaders, industry practitioners, policy experts, and scholars working on the leading edge of sustainability.
The forum is modeled directly on Professor Esty's course, “Sustainability: Environment, Energy, and the Economy in the 21st Century,” and builds on the vision of YCELP to incorporate fresh thinking and analytically rigorous decision making into environmental law and policy.