Recent Publications

For a comprehensive list of Esty's written work, see:

The End Environmental Externalities Manifesto: A Rights-Based Foundation for Environmental Law (with E. Donald Elliott)
NYU Environmental Law Journal. [Volume 29 2021] 506-542

ESG Standards: Looming Challenges and Pathways Forward (with Todd Cort)
Organization and Environment. Vol. 33(4) 491-150 July 28, 2020

COVID-19 lessons for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day
The Hill; April 22, 2020

An Earth Day CEO summit shows how dramatically corporate values have changed (with Jeffrey Sonnenfeld)
Fortune; April 22, 2020

To Move Paris Accord Forward, Bring Cities and Companies On Board (with Peter Boyd)
Yale Environment 360; March 20, 2018

Delivering Climate Change Progress
The Environmental Forum; March/April 2018

Lessons from first campus carbon-pricing scheme (with Kenneth Gillingham and Stefano Carattini)
Nature; 551(7678): 27–29 (2017) 

Corporate Sustainability Metrics: What Investors Want and Don't Get (with Todd Cort)
Journal of Environmental Investing. 8(1): 11-53 (2017)

Climate action needs green, not just red lights
The Guardian; April 28, 2017

Red Lights to Green Lights: From 20th Century Environmental Regulation to 21st Century Sustainability
Lewis and Clark Environmental Law; Vol 47:1 (2017)

Esty’s Reflections on “A Conservative Case for Climate Action
Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy; February 15, 2017

Moving Toward a Cheaper, Cleaner, and More Reliable Energy Future
MassLive; June 20, 2016

Regearing the Global Response to Climate Change: 5 Past Mistakes the 2015 Paris Agreement Needs to Fix
The Huffington Post; December 9, 2015

Shifting Gears on Climate Change (with Rudy Provoost)
The Huffington Post; September 21, 2015

Remaking The Paris 2015 Climate Change Agreement To Ensure Broader Engagement
Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy; July 8, 2015

Bottom-Up Climate Mix
New York Times; September 22, 2014

How to make Wall Street notice sustainability leaders
GreenBiz; September 2, 2014




Advanced Introduction to U.S. Environmental Law (ed. with E. Donald Elliott), Edward Elgar Publishing (2021).

Values at Work: Sustainable Investing and ESG Reporting (with Todd Cort), Palgrave Macmillan (2020).

A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future (ed.), Yale University Press (2019).

Labyrinth of Sustainability: Green Business Lessons from Latin American Corporate Leaders (ed.), Anthem Press (2019).

Green to Gold Business Playbook:  How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function (with P.J. Simmons). New Jersey:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2011).

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage (with Andrew Winston), New Haven: Yale University Press (2006). (revised and updated paperback edition from John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009).

Global Environmental Governance: Options and Opportunities (ed. with Maria Ivanova), New Haven: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2002).

Greening the Americas: NAFTA’s Lessons for Hemispheric Trade (ed. with Carolyn Deere), Cambridge: MIT Press (2002).

Environmental Performance Measurement: The Global Report 2001-2002 (ed. with Peter Cornelius), New York: Oxford University Press (2002).


Book Chapters

“Economic Integration and Environmental Protection,” in The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy, 4th edition, (Regina S. Axelrod and Stacy D. VanDeveer, eds.) Washington, DC: CQ Press (2014).

“Globalisation and Environmental Stewardship: A Global Governance Perspective,” (with Maria Ivanova) in A Handbook of Globalisation and Environmental Policy: National 
Government Interventions in a Global Arena, 2nd edition, (Frank Wijen et al, eds.), Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar (2012).

“Lessons from Copenhagen,” in U.N. Global Compact International Yearbook (2010).

“Good Governance at the World Trade Organization:  Building a Foundation of Administrative Law,” in The Future of International Economic Law (William J. Davey and John Jackson, eds.) Oxford: Oxford University Press (2008).

“Governing at the Trade-Environment Interface,” in Global Governance and the WTO (Gary Sampson, ed.), Tokyo, Japan: United Nations University Press (2008).

“Foreword,” in State of World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy (Christopher Flavin et al, eds.), Washington, DC: Worldwatch Institute (2008).

“Global Environmental Governance,” in Global Governance Reform (Colin Bradford and Johannes Linn, eds.), Washington, DC: Brookings Press (2006).