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The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy is a joint initiative between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is one of the graduate professional schools of Yale University. Founded to train foresters, it now trains leaders and creates new knowledge that will sustain and restore the health of the biosphere and the well-being of its people...

 and the Yale Law School
Yale Law School
Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Established in 1824, it offers the J.D., LL.M., J.S.D. and M.S.L. degrees in law. It also hosts visiting scholars, visiting researchers and a number of legal research centers...

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Mission


The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy seeks to advance fresh thinking and analytically rigorous approaches to environmental decisionmaking – across disciplines, sectors, and boundaries.

History


Established in 1994, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy is a joint initiative between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is one of the graduate professional schools of Yale University. Founded to train foresters, it now trains leaders and creates new knowledge that will sustain and restore the health of the biosphere and the well-being of its people...

 and the Yale Law School
Yale Law School
Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Established in 1824, it offers the J.D., LL.M., J.S.D. and M.S.L. degrees in law. It also hosts visiting scholars, visiting researchers and a number of legal research centers...

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The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is one of the graduate professional schools of Yale University. Founded to train foresters, it now trains leaders and creates new knowledge that will sustain and restore the health of the biosphere and the well-being of its people...

, founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot
Gifford Pinchot
Gifford Pinchot was the first Chief of the United States Forest Service and the 28th Governor of Pennsylvania...

, the first director of the U.S. Forest Service, helped to launch the conservation and natural resource management movement in the early 1900s. The School's graduates have provided ongoing leadership in the environmental and natural resource fields, both domestically and internationally.

Graduates of Yale Law School
Yale Law School
Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Established in 1824, it offers the J.D., LL.M., J.S.D. and M.S.L. degrees in law. It also hosts visiting scholars, visiting researchers and a number of legal research centers...

 were the prime movers behind the environmental law movement of the late 1960s- and early 1970s, founding organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a New York City-based, non-profit, non-partisan international environmental advocacy group, with offices in Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Beijing...

. Yale Law School
Yale Law School
Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Established in 1824, it offers the J.D., LL.M., J.S.D. and M.S.L. degrees in law. It also hosts visiting scholars, visiting researchers and a number of legal research centers...

 students are active in the Yale Environmental Law Association and special projects organized by the Center for Environmental Law & Policy.

Program areas

  • Environmental Performance Measurement - The Environmental Performance Measurement (EPM) Project aims to shift environmental decision-making onto firmer analytic foundations using environmental indicators and statistics. In collaboration with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University
    Columbia University
    Columbia University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the...

     and the World Economic Forum
    World Economic Forum
    The World Economic Forum is a Swiss non-profit foundation, based in Cologny, Geneva, best known for its annual meeting in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland....

    , the project produces a periodically updated Environmental Sustainability Index
    Environmental Sustainability Index
    The Environmental Sustainability Index ' was a composite index published from 1999 to 2005 that tracked 21 elements of environmental sustainability covering natural resource endowments, past and present pollution levels, environmental management efforts, contributions to protection of the global...

     (ESI) that tracks 146 countries on 21 sustainability indicators. Work is now under way on an Environmental Performance Index (EPI) that will assess key environmental policy outcomes using trend analysis and policy targets linked to the Millennium Development Goals. The 2006 Pilot EPI was released in Davos, Switzerland, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Thursday, 26 January 2006.

  • Environmental Attitudes and Behavior - The Environmental Attitudes and Behavior Program strives to address the relationship between Americans’ environmental values and subsequent personal and political decisionmaking.

  • Innovations and the Environment - The Innovation and Environment Program develops theory and practice at the nexus of business and the environment. The goal of this work is three-fold: To integrate environmental thinking into corporate strategy; To support the economic utility of environment -related business ventures; and To encourage environmental organizations and policymakers to be more "business-like" in their decisionmaking and management. This Program is a shared endeavor with the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale.


  • Yale Environmental Protection Clinic - The Yale Environmental Protection Clinic is designed to introduce students to the fields of environmental advocacy and policymaking by exploring a variety of environmental law and policy questions and the tools environmental professionals use to address them. As a part of the program, teams of three to four students work with client organizations on "real-world" projects, with the goal of producing a major work product for the client by the end of the semester.

Faculty researchers and staff

  • Daniel C. Esty
    Daniel C. Esty
    Daniel C. Esty is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection , the state agency with primary responsibility for protecting Connecticut’s environment, natural resources, and wildlife and for maintaining Connecticut’s state parks and forests .Esty was appointed to this...

    , Director
  • Dale Bryk, Director, Environmental Law Clinic
  • Benjamin Cashore, Affiliated Faculty, Environmental Governance
  • Lisa M. Curran, Affiliated Faculty, Environmental Governance
  • Erica Dawson, Affiliated Faculty, Environmental Attitudes and Behavior
  • Bradford S. Gentry, Principal Investigator, Private International Finance and the Environment Project
  • Ysella Edyvean, Outreach Coordinator
  • Rachel Easton, Administrative Assistant
  • John Emerson, Affiliated Faculty, Environmental Performance Measurement
  • William Dornbos, Associate Director
  • Achim Halpaap, Director, UNITAR/Yale Environment and Democracy Project
  • Maria Ivanova, Project Director, Global Environmental Governance Project
  • Christine Kim, Program Manager
  • Anthony Leisrowitz, Affiliated Research Scientist, Environmental Attitudes and Behavior
  • Anastasia O'Rourke, Editor, Working Paper Series
  • Robert Repetto, Affiliated Faculty, Environmental Governance

Faculty advisors

  • Mark Ashton, Professor of Silviculture & Forest Ecology, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Robert Bailis, Assistant Professor of Environmental Social Science , School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Michelle Bell, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Chemical Engineering
  • Gaboury Benoit, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • Jonathan Borak, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Public Health Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Risk Assessment Forum
  • Marian Chertow
    Marian Chertow
    Marian Chertow is an American academic specializing in environmental management.She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, a M.P.P.M from Yale University, and a Ph.D...

    , Assistant Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • William Ellis, Senior Visiting Fellow, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Thomas Graedel, Clifton R. Musser Professor of Industrial Ecology, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Professor of Chemical Engineering; Professor of Geology and Geophysics
  • Arnulf Grübler, Professor of Field of Energy and Technology, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law at Yale Law School
  • Doug Kysar, Professor of Law, Yale University
  • Xuhui Lee, Professor of Forestry and Biometeorology, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Reid Lifset, Associate Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program and Editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Erin Mansur, Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and School of Management
  • Robert Mendelsohn, Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy and Economics, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and School of Management
  • Sheila Olmstead, Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Peter Raymond, Assistant Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Oswald Schmitz, Professor of Population and Community Ecology, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • David Skelly, Professor of Ecology, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Gus Speth, Dean and Professor in the Practice of Sustainable Development, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • Simon Tay, Visiting Associate Professor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • John Wargo, Professor of Environmental Risk Analysis and Policy, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Fellows

  • Sybil Ackerman, Conservation Director, Audubon Society of Portland
  • Monica Araya, Office of the Vice Chairman at climate change capital
    Climate Change Capital
    Established in 2003, Climate Change Capital is a private investment manager that invests in carbon finance projects in developing countries, Cleantech companies headquartered in Europe and renewable energy projects and commercial green buildings in the United Kingdom.As of December 2010, Climate...

  • Emil Frankel, Visiting Lecturer Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Yale School of Management
  • Achim Alexander Halpaap, M.Ph, MA Director, Unitar/Yale Environment and Democracy Project
  • Harri Kalimo, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • James Cameron, Vice Chairman, Climate Change Capital
  • Sascha Mueller-Kraenner, Director,Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies

Partners

  • Center for Business and the Environment at Yale
  • Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University
    Columbia University
    Columbia University in the City of New York is a private, Ivy League university in Manhattan, New York City. Columbia is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country's nine Colonial Colleges founded before the...

  • The College of William and Mary
  • Renewable Energy and International Law Project
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research
    United Nations Institute for Training and Research
    The United Nations Institute for Training and Research was established in 1965 following a "for the training of personnel, particularly from developing Member States, for administrative and operational assignments with the United Nations and the specialized agencies, both at Headquarters and in...

  • Vermont Law School
    Vermont Law School
    Vermont Law School is a private, American Bar Association accredited law school located in South Royalton, Vermont . The Law School has one of the United States' leading programs in environmental law, and the Law School is currently ranked #1 in Environmental Law by U.S...

  • Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
  • Yale Project on Climate Change