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. 

"Yale becomes first university to join Global Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition" - read more about Dan Esty's involvement here.

2016 Speakers

2017 coming soon!

Gary Brudvig
Benjamin Silliman Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Director of the Yale Energy Sciences Institute, Yale University

Topic: Spurring Innovation

Marian Chertow
Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy, and Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program, Yale University

Topic: Industrial Ecology - Closing the Loop

Todd Cort
Lecturer in Sustainability and Co-Director of Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, Yale University

Topic: Moving Toward Data-Driven Decision-Making

Lisa Dale
Associate Director, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University

Topic: The Multiple Scales of Sustainability Governance

E. Donald Elliott
Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Topic: The Evolution of Environmental Law and Policy

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

Richard Kauffman
Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, Chair of the NYSERDA Board

Topic: Financing Sustainability

William Nordhaus
Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University

Topic: Pricing Carbon - Key to a Sustainable Future

Nancy Pfund
Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner, DBL Part­ners

Topic: The Sustainable Companies of the 21st Century

Mary Evelyn Tucker
Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar, Yale University

Topic: Sustainability and Spirituality