Daniel C. Esty is Commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on leave from his role as the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University where he holds faculty appointments in both Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and serves as the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (www.yale.edu/envirocenter) and the Center for Business & Environment at Yale (www.yale.edu/CBEY).
Professor Esty is the author or editor of ten books and numerous articles on environmental policy issues and the relationships between environment and corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, globalization, governance, and development. His prizewinning 2006 book (co-authored with Andrew Winston), Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, argues that pollution control and natural resource management have become critical elements of business strategy and fundamental to marketplace success. The recently released sequel, The Green to Gold Business Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function, co-authored with P.J. Simmons, explains how companies should fold environmental thinking into their day-to-day business activities.
Prior to taking up his position at Yale, Professor Esty practiced law in Washington, DC and was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics. He served as a senior official at the US Environmental Protection Agency and more recently as an energy and environmental advisor to the Obama presidential campaign as well as being a member of the Presidential Transition Team. He comments frequently on environment issues on TV, radio, and in publications like The New York Times, The Economist, and The Financial Times. As Chairman of Esty Environmental Partners (www.EstyEP.com), a corporate environmental strategy group based in New Haven, CT, he's advised CEOs across the world and designed strategies for 100+ companies in dozens of industries.
- Climate Change Policy
- Energy & the Environment
- Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors
- Environmental Governance
- Environmental Law
- Environmental Performance Measurement
- Innovation and the Environment