February 23, 2023
This livestream program features a roundtable with two alumni experts who provided an overview and brief history of sustainability and discussed the successes and failures of our efforts to achieve sustainability, what they believe our priorities should be, and the focus of their current work and research. Dan Esty ’86 JD is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale with appointments in the Law and Environment Schools and secondary appointments in the schools of Management and Global Affairs. He teaches a Yale College course called “Sustainability” and is the author or editor of 14 books, including the recent prizewinning volume: A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future. Maria Ivanova ’99 MES/MA, ’06 PhD is an international relations and environmental policy scholar who studies the environmental work of the United Nations. She is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Previously, she directed the Center for Governance and Sustainability and the PhD program in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her book The Untold Story of the World’s Premier Environmental Institution: UNEP at Fifty is open access at MIT Press. Ivanova now studies the negotiations of the new international treaty on plastic pollution. Moderating the session was Chip Spear ’74, board co-chair of Yale Blue Green.