State Agency Head to Discuss New Approach to Energy and Environment

DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty will detail State’s Comprehensive Plan

What: Daniel C. Esty, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), will give a talk entitled, “A 21st-Century Approach to Energy and Environmental Policy: Connecticut Leading the Way.” 

When: Tuesday, March 12 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Washington Room in Mather Hall on the Trinity campus, 300 Summit Street.

Background: Esty, who Gov. Dannel Malloy named to head the Department of Environmental Protection in March 2011, will address the steps that DEEP is taking to improve environmental regulation and the protection of resources while supporting economic growth and job creation. 

Esty will also discuss the state’s first-ever Comprehensive Energy Plan, which is an assessment and strategy for all residential, commercial and industrial energy issues. Its objective is to bring cheaper, cleaner and more reliable power to Connecticut residents and businesses. The development of the plan was mandated in a law enacted in June 2011 and was issued on February 19. The law requires that an updated plan be prepared every three years.

The 2013 plan can be viewed at:​

Esty became commissioner of DEEP when that agency came into existence in July 2011 as a result of government consolidation. DEEP is focused on better integrating energy and environmental policies and helping Connecticut to build a sustainable and prosperous 21st-century economy.

Prior to becoming commissioner, Esty was the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University. He also served as the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Center for Business & Environment at Yale. Esty is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on environmental policy issues and the relationship between environmental and corporate strategy, including his prizewinning book, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage. In 2011, Esty published a follow-up, The Green to Gold Business Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function.

Esty has also served in a variety of senior positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as practicing law in Washington, DC. He was a recipient of the American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Achievements in Environmental Law and Policy for his role in developing the global Environmental Sustainability Index – a data driven approach to environmental decision-making.

He also served as an energy and environmental policy adviser for the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama and was a member of the Obama Presidential Transition Team.

 Esty holds a B.A. from Harvard, a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, and a law degree from Yale.