Delivering Sustainability Across Latin America: Can Corporations Fill the Gap?

February 13, 2019

Alix Kashdan, Research Assistant, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Center Director Dan Esty spoke at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center about corporate sustainability in Latin America.

The event was held in conjunction with the Center’s recently released book, “The Labyrinth of Sustainability.” The book explores the growth of corporate sustainability in Latin America, offering actionable insights to business leaders, policymakers, NGOs, academics and journalists through 12 case studies that examine the challenges and opportunities facing companies across the region as they integrate sustainability into their strategy and operations.

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Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum Brings Together Perspectives on 21st Century Sustainability

Center Director Profesor Dan Esty addresses the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum

By LIZ BOURGUET, YCELP Research Assistant, OCTOBER 23, 2018

Two weeks ago at the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum, leaders in the environmental field gathered to share ideas, perspectives, and solutions on a range of disciplines related to sustainability. This year’s forum, hosted in partnership with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Yale Office of International Affairs, focused on “mega trends distinguishing sustainability from its 20th century precursors”. Yale professors, researchers, and fellows, like James Cameron, Anthony Leiserowitz, Bradford Gentry and Julie Zimmerman, presented and engaged in discussions with industry practitioners, scholars, and thought leaders who had gathered in New Haven to explore what sustainability looks like in the 21st century.

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Next Steps for Climate Change: A Conversation with Todd Stern

By LIZ BOURGUET, YCELP Research Assistant NOVEMBER 05, 2018

On Monday, October 22, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy hosted Todd Stern for a conversation about the next steps for climate change. Stern, the former US Chief Negotiator for the Paris Climate Agreement, is currently a senior fellow at Brookings Institution and a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School. Center Director Professor Dan Esty moderated the event.

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Is There Reason for Optimism on Climate Change?

For many, the Trump administration’s announced intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a carbon-reduction pact joined by nearly every nation, cast a dark cloud over global efforts to respond to climate change. Does that cloud have a carbon-neutral lining?


The science is as conclusive as science gets. Anthropogenic climate change is happening, and as a recent paper in Science noted, “without major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems worldwide are at risk of major transformation.” The authors told the Washington Post, “What we’re talking about here are the kinds of changes that disrupt everybody’s lives.”

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