Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum

From Environment to Sustainability: Megatrends of the 21st Century

September 12 - 15, 2017

Established in 2016. The Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum, in partnership with the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Yale Office of International Affairs, 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 megatrends distinguishing sustainability from its 20th century precursors.

For me, YSLF was transformative. Beyond the intensive curriculum delivered by world-class scholars, I developed a number of strong professional connections and friendships at the event that will support my organization’s sustainability work for years to come.
— John Lewis, Headmaster, The Gunston School

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. 

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.


Yale Faculty Director

Daniel C. Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy.  As a professor at Yale since 1994, he holds faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and 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. Professor Esty is the author of prizewinning book (with Andrew Winston), Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage. He is Chairman of the Esty Group and has advised companies of all sizes and in a wide range of industries on corporate environmental or sustainability strategy including Ikea, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Alcoa, Hanes, Hannaford, Boeing, and IBM.


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