More than Just Talk: F&ES Initiative Aims to Take ‘Dialogue’ to Next Level

Photo by Matthew Garrett

Daniel Esty, left, with former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, chair of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, during the inaugural Yale Environmental Dialogue event.

Kevin Dennehy (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies)

October 2, 2017 

Throughout the academic year the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies invites to campus an array of guests to discuss and debate the most pressing, and often contentious, environmental issues facing the planet.

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Unstoppable Force

Lucy Kessler (Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy)

September 19, 2017 

Kicking off Climate Week 2017, Dan Esty, the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy (YCELP) moderated a panel titled “Unstoppable Force” that explored  the role of states, cities, and businesses in implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The panel featured a power-house combination of business executives and government representatives including Jerry Brown, the Governor of California; Philippe Couillard, the Premier of Québec; Stephen Badger, Chairman of the Board of Mars; Jay Inslee, the Governor of Washington; and David Ige, the Governor of Hawaii.

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Green Bank Established by Professor Daniel Esty ’86 Receives Harvard Prize

Yale Law School: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, has named the Connecticut Green Bank the winner of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Award.

The Connecticut Green Bank was established by Governor Dannell Malloy with bipartisan support based on Professor Daniel Esty’s idea that limited public clean energy funding could have greater impact if it were used to leverage private capital through a new quasi-public entity.

Esty ’86 served as head (Commissioner) of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection from 2011-2014.

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Trashing EPA's endangerment finding would be tough

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In a Washington where climate change is again a hot debate topic, there is one bulwark of climate science that may be impossible for critics to tear down.

The endangerment finding is perhaps the most forceful presence of climate science in President Trump's Washington, one backed by a Supreme Court decision and arguably harder to take on than any other climate issue the administration has fought.

Although U.S. EPA under Scott Pruitt has targeted climate regulations at a rapid pace, the endangerment finding — EPA's 2009 determination that greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare — is a building block upon which they could be reconstructed in a post-Trump era.

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