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Sustainability: Megatrend Of The 21st Century

Sustainability is changing the way we experience life in the 21st Century. It integrates concepts that in the 20 th Century were considered in isolation. No longer can we celebrate a strong economy if the environment is in decline. Nor can we push environmental policies that do not also consider the attending social and economic
implications. Gone are the days of silo thinking.

Sustainability operates as a megatrend: it presents a framework that values interconnection, feedback, and holistic thinking. Understanding and operationalizing sustainability within the business, government, and non-profit sectors will allow for a healthier, wealthier, and more-balanced society.

Yale University, as a global thought leader, is increasingly focused on developing sustainability leadership. This September 21-23, Yale will host the first Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum, bringing together perspectives from the United States and across the world, from business, government, NGOs, and academia, to examine the concept of sustainability. The Forum will conceptualize sustainability as a megatrend, then delve into a detailed look at how to operationalize it in a variety of settings.

Forum Director, Daniel C. Esty, weighs in on what makes the Forum stand out from
other sustainability programs:

Yale’s call for applications to the Forum has been met with great enthusiasm and accepted participants so far include a diverse array of professionals eager to advance their sustainability skillset. Forum participants will leverage this sustainability deep-dive to improve how they make federal and state policy, how they manage supply chains, educate their students, direct non-profits, run their sustainability consultancies and venture capital firms, practice law, perform scientific research, and answer to their constituencies. This diversity of participants will both deepen and broaden the discussion at the Forum.

Professor Esty explains who would benefit from attending the Forum:

Participants of the Forum will learn from some of the most qualified sustainability faculty at Yale University and beyond. Each faculty will teach on their topic of expertise and nestle the field of study within the larger sustainability landscape.

Professor Esty explains what participants can expect to take away from the Forum and its impressive faculty:

Applications are being accepted through September 1st. For more information on the agenda, faculty, logistics, or application process, please visit the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum website or email

You can also find the Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum on Facebook and Twitter.

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