Daniel Esty | Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University, Former Obama Environmental Adviser

Daniel Esty

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University, Former Obama Environmental Adviser

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Daniel Esty

Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments at Yale's Environment and Law Schools and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He serves as director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (www.yale.edu/envirocenter) and as co-director of the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance. Professor Esty is the author or editor of fourteen books and dozens of articles on environmental protection, regulatory reform, finance, and energy policy -- and their connections to sustainability, trade, and economic progress.

His prizewinning volume, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, was named the top "green business" book of the past decade. His current research and writing offers cutting-edge thinking about climate change, corporate sustainability, environmental performance metrics, sustainable investing, innovation in the energy/environmental context, and new approaches to environmental protection -- including a widely hailed article, "Red Lights to Green Lights: From 20th Century Environmental Regulation to 21st Century Sustainability" as well as a 2019 edited book, A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future. Professor Esty's most recent (edited) book, Values at Work: Sustainable Investing and ESG Reporting has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

From 2011 to early 2014, Professor Esty served as Commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection where he earned a reputation for fresh thinking and practical results - including an ability to consult widely, engage diverse stakeholders, and deliver transformative change. His policy innovations included the launch of Connecticut's first-in-the-nation Green Bank to promote clean energy using limited public funding to leverage private capital and a restructuring of all of Connecticut's environmental permitting programs to make the state's regulatory framework lighter, faster, more efficient, and effective.

Prior to taking up his Yale Professorship in 1994, Professor Esty served in a variety of senior positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency where he helped to manage the agency's regulatory programs and negotiate the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. He also worked as a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC, where his research and writing on the links between trade and sustainability issues and the broader challenges of globalization gained widespread recognition.

A globally recognized sustainability strategy expert, Professor Esty has provided advice to corporations, governments, international organizations, NGOs, and foundations around the world. As an environmental thought leader, he is a regular television and radio commentator and has had articles published in the past few years in The New York Times, Fortune, The Guardian, The Hill, and other newspapers and magazines.

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Current: 20th Century Environmental Protection to 21st Century Sustainability

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Green is Good

Do you think that the recently renewed emphasis on green initiatives is somehow “bad” for business? As consumers are reevaluating the products and services they use and resources become scarcer, savvy companies should know about the opportunities available in an emerging marketplace. As Dan Esty, author of Green to Gold, makes clear, corporations can create value by building environmental thinking into their overall business strategies. Esty offers detailed case examples of how companies achieve both environmental and business success by establishing an “eco-advantage.”

The Greening of the Private Sector

In the past, it's been up to government to generate progress on environmental fronts. Esty believes the private sector is now better positioned to generate the technologies required to address environmental challenges. As economic factors-and consumers-drive a shift from regulation to market incentives, Esty shows how the private sector is increasingly meeting the challenge of producing solutions to environmental problems-and how these trends can benefit your company's success in the new marketplace.

A Changing Policy Climate

As environmental policy heats up, so do the changes that come with it. With over 25 years experience in the environmental arena, Esty provides a perspective on the fast-changing world of environmental policy at the local, national and global scales. Audiences gain the insight of his years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on environmental strategy. Esty shows companies how to respond to this changing, dynamic business environment.

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Values at Work: Sustainable Investing and ESG Reporting by Daniel Esty

Values at Work: Sustainable Investing and ESG Reporting

by Daniel Esty
A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Futureby Daniel Esty

A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future

by Daniel Esty

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