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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2017 Speakers

Susan Biniaz
Lecturer, Yale Law School; 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

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: 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

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

Topic: Recent Learning in Energy and Environmental Economics

Anthony Leiserowitz
Senior Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC)

Topic: Climate Change Communications

David Lubin
Managing Director, S3

Topic: Sustainable Investing

William D. Nordhaus
Sterling Professor of Economics & Professor, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Topic: Pricing Carbon - Key to a Sustainable Future

Andrew Winston
Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies

Topic: Corporate Sustainability Management

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

Topic: Green Design