New Leadership on Climate Change: From Mayors to the Pope

News Story: July 28, 2015

Sacred Heart University will host Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor at Yale University and former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for a conversation on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, on Wednesday, September 16, at 7 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium. The talk, sponsored by the Human Journey Colloquia Series, is free and open to the public. 

Laudato Si’ is the first papal encyclical focused solely on the environment, in which Pope Francis makes a call to protect the planet on behalf of the poor and future generations. In a panel discussion with SHU faculty and clergy, Esty will discuss new leadership on the environment and Pope Francis’ global urge for stewardship.

Esty is Hillhouse Professor at Yale University, with appointments in both the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Law School. He serves as director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, as well as a board member of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, which he founded. Esty is an author and editor of many works focused on environmental protection and its connection to policy, trade and the economy, and his prizewinning book Green to Gold: How Smart Companies use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage has been named the top-selling “green business” book of the past decade. From 2011 to 2014, Esty served as Commissioner of Connecticut’s DEEP and oversaw such innovations as the state’s first-in-the-nation Green Bank.