The distinguished speakers teaching the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum are thought leaders and innovators of sustainability in the 21st century. Drawing from Yale’s own renowned Law School, School of Management, and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, as well as from leadership positions in government and industry, these individuals collectively offer an essential set of strategies and sustainability principles to guide our institutions, governments, and businesses, and societies.
Daniel C. Esty
Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Director of Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
Topics: Sustainability as a Megatrend and Climate Change as a Case Study
A professor at Yale since 1994, he holds faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law Schools with a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He directs the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and serves on the Board of the Center for Business & Environment at Yale, which he founded in 2006. From 2011 to 2014, Professor Esty served as head (Commissioner) of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Jackson Institute at Yale; Senior Fellow, UN Foundation; formerly with the U.S. State Department, Legal Adviser's Office
Topic: Global Climate Change Negotiations - An Insider's 25-year View
Benjamin Silliman Professor and Chair of Chemistry; Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry; Director of the Yale Energy Sciences Institute, Yale University
Topic: Science and Innovation
Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management; Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy; Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program, Yale University
Topic: Industrial Ecology - Closing the Loop
E. Donald Elliott
Professor (Adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School
Topic: U.S. Environmental Law in Global Perspective: Five Do's and Five Don'ts from Our Experience
Associate Dean for Professional Practice; Professor in the Practice; Co-Director of the Center for Business & the Environment at Yale; Director of the Research Program on Private Investment and the Environment, Yale University
Topic: New Conservation Strategies