Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum – Program

From Environment to Sustainability: Megatrends of the 21st Century

Are you and your company on top of the mega trends in sustainability?

Join us to explore 21st century sustainability in an intimate setting with a diverse set of thought leaders, industry practitioners, policy experts, and scholars.

The inaugural Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum (September 21-23, 2016) 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 mega-trends distinguishing sustainability from its 20th century precursors. Team-taught, the Forum will be organized around modules that each provide in-depth topical study, and will bring together a diverse set of thought leaders, industry practitioners, policy experts, and scholars working on the leading edge of sustainability.

The Forum is directed by Daniel C. Esty, the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University. Director’s biography >>


This program 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.

Build your leadership skills and gain tools, concepts, and strategies essential to sustainability. How to apply >>

Yale’s innovative, market-based approach to climate change gains global recognition

Yale’s pursuit of market-based solutions to promote environmental sustainability — through a carbon pricing program on campus and its direction to investment managers to consider the economic impact of climate change — garnered global recognition recently in a visit to campus by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (April 12, 2016) and at a meeting of government and business leaders at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (April 15, 2016). Read more here.

See Daniel Esty (Massachusetts & Balliol 1981)

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

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