Current Projects

Environmental Performance Index (EPI)

The Environmental Performance Index is a joint project between the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University. The 2016 EPI was launched at the Wo​rld Economic Forum, and is available here.


Latin American Corporate Sustainability Analysis Project (LACSA)

The Latin American Corporate Sustainability Analysis (LACSA) Project aims to fill a gap in knowledge about corporate sustainability in the developing world with a detailed set of case studies that explore corporate sustainability efforts in prominent Latin American companies. 


Project on Environmental Law Effectiveness (PELE)

Building on U.Mass Boston’s Environmental Conventions Index and YCELP’s EPI, the Project on Environmental Law Effectiveness is focused on combining, integrating and building on the Environmental Conventions Index and the Environmental Performance Index to create a new narrative and knowledge-sharing opportunities on implementation and effectiveness. Correlating these two indices will make it possible to determine whether the implementation of international environmental agreements leads to measurable progress in the specific area the agreement was designed to address.


SEARCH Project

The SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, AiR, Climate, and Health) Center aligns cutting-edge scientific information and tools to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s strategic goals of protecting and improving air quality and addressing climate change. SEARCH is an EPA Air, Climate, and Energy (ACE) Center based at Yale University and is co-lead by Dr. Michelle Bell and Dr. Benjamin Hobbs of Johns Hopkins University. 


Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum

The inaugural Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum (September 21-23, 2016) is a three-day program exploring sustainability as an overarching framework for life in the 21st century. The Forum is directed by Daniel C. Esty, the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale and Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.


Climate Resiliency

The Center is teaming up with the United Nations Environment Program to provide baseline research for their Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R). YCELP is researching climate resilience globally, focusing on least developed countries, small island developing states, and Africa. Among the areas YCELP will explore are the status of early warning and early action systems, the presence or lack of climate risk-transfer and social protection mechanisms, and the extent to which nations have shifted to climate resilient development pathways.


Environmental Issues of the American West

The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy is currently exploring environmental issues of the American west with a focus on oil and gas development on public lands, habitat protection for endangered species, mining, wildfire, ranching, and recreation.