Former EPA chief McCarthy: ‘We are living in incredibly uncertain times’

Yale's Dan Esty and former EPA chief Gina McCarthy spoke Nov. 4 at the Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit. (Photo by Annie Guo)

Jim Shelton (Yale News)

November 8, 2017

Gina McCarthy, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration, says people aren’t sure what to say to her these days, considering the state of America’s environmental agenda under President Donald Trump.

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Putting value on carbon can lower energy use, campus experiment shows

A lounge space in Kroon Hall, home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Kevin Dennehy (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies)

November 3, 2017

More than 600 major companies — from BP to Microsoft — have adopted carbon-pricing programs to spur energy conservation and control their carbon emissions. But the effectiveness of these efforts has not been analyzed or publicly reported.

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Esty at Climate Week: A review of key engagements

Photo: The Climate Group

Coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Climate Week was held September 18th to 24th. High-level events featured a number of discussions on energy, sustainability finance and how the world is going to collectively meet the goals of recent international agreements such as the Paris Accord and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Yale Sustainable Finance Symposium

Lucy Kessler (Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy)

October 12, 2017

Sustainability has moved from the margins to the mainstream of the investment world evidenced by the fact that assets under management in the United States invested in responsible investment strategies have grown 76 percent since 2014. Any investor will tell you that demand for responsible investing is increasing. What many cannot explain, however, is how to quantify sustainability and how it corresponds with financial performance. These issues were the focus of a Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance Symposium (co-sponsored by the Journal of Environmental Investing) on September 22 at the Yale School of Management.

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