About the Forum


Dates: September 12 - 15, 2017
Location: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

After a successful inaugural year the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum returns this September 12-15, 2017. In partnership with the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Yale Office of International Affairs, the Forum is a three-day program exploring 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."


Listen to Forum Director Dan Esty discuss, in depth, the Forum's agenda, speakers, benefits for participants, and why you can't miss this incredible educational experience.

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.

What are 2016 Forum alumni saying about their experience at Yale?

YSLF was an excellent opportunity for me to receive a compact overview of the main trends and challenges in our quest to transition to sustainable societies. Listening to and engaging with some of the field’s brightest minds and leading scholars was both inspiring and an opportunity to calibrate some aspects of my work so that I can be more effective and successful.
— Tanja Srebotjnak, Harvey Mudd College

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Forum!

Space is limited.

Thank you to E&E News for their support of the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum.