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.

Forum Director

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. 

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2018 Speakers

2020 Speakers coming soon!

Susan Biniaz
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

Gary Brudvig
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

James Cameron
Executive Fellow, Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy; Long-time International Climate Change Negotiator 

Topic: A Global Perspective on Sustainability

Marian Chertow
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

Bradford Gentry
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

Kenneth Gillingham
Assistant Professor of Environmental & Energy Economics, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Topic: Recent Findings on Carbon Pricing and the Social Cost of Carbon

Anthony Leiserowitz
Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC)

Topic: Climate Change in the Public Mind 

David Lubin
Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Constellation Research and Technology, Inc.

Topic: Sustainable Investing

David Skelly
Frank R. Oastler Professor of Ecology; Director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History

Topic: Science and Sustainability

Julie Zimmerman
Professor of Green Engineering, Yale University; Assistant Director for Research, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale

Topic: Green Design