Category Archives: On The Environment

Michael Méndez: Climate Policy and the Environmental Justice Movement

Climate change is fundamentally about people. In California, environmental justice activists have galvanized around human impacts of climate action—such as air pollution, poverty alleviation, and green jobs—to build a policy response that focuses on local communities and public health. Dr. Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental planning and policy at the University of California, Irvine, joins Charles Harper (YSE ’22) to discuss his book, Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement, and the sometimes contentious history of incorporating environmental justice and the concerns of low-income people of color into climate change policy.

Red Lights to Green Lights: From 20th Century Environmental Regulation to 21st Century Sustainability

Professor Daniel C. Esty sits down with YCELP Research Assistant Lucy Kessler to discuss his new law review article and his argument for a 21st century approach to environmental law that builds on the successes of the 20th century command-and-control approach but integrates advances in data and information and incorporates lessons learned from the private sector.

Conversation with James Cameron

James Cameron, Executive Fellow with the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and partner at Systemiq, joins Lucy Kessler, a student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, for a conversation about clean energy finance, the private sector’s role in addressing climate change, and why he is optimistic about the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

A Conversation with Robert Sussman

Former EPA deputy administrator and guest lecturer in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Bob Sussman joins Emma Crow-Willard to discuss the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan is the first federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generating power plants. The plan will help the United States meet its Paris COP21 goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2025. Bob Sussman explains the potential positive effects the Clean Power Plan could have in states and in preventing global warming.

Fighting Invasives: Working Dogs for Conservation

Whether locating wire snares in Africa or dyer’s woad in the western United States, dogs are helping conservationists monitor wildlife and eradicate invasive species. In this podcast, Megan Parker, executive director and co-founder of Working Dogs for Conservation, visits with invasion biologist and Yale postdoc Sara Kuebbing about the organization, the dogs, and the dog/handler team’s key projects.

Nuclear Energy Post Paris Agreement: A Conversation with Christine Todd Whitman

Former New Jersey Governor and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman joins Stephanie Ratte, a student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, for a conversation about the role of nuclear energy after the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The Keystone XL Pipeline in a Post-COP21 World: A Conversation with Liz Barratt-Brown

Liz Barratt-Brown, Senior Advisor to NRDC & Executive Committee member of the Yale Law School, and Advisory Board Member of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy joins Catherine Martini for a conversation about Barratt-Brown’s career working on the Toxic Release Inventory, the Keystone XL Pipeline, international climate negotiations, and organic olive oil farming in Mallorca, Spain (

Litigating for the Environment: A Conversation with Deborah Goldberg

Deborah Goldberg, the managing attorney for the Northeast office of Earthjustice sits down with Melissa Legge to discuss environmental litigation, climate change, environmental justice, and the unusual twists and turns of her own career from academic to litigator.