Daniel C. Esty is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the state agency with primary responsibility for protecting Connecticut’s environment, natural resources, and wildlife and for maintaining Connecticut’s state parks and forests. Esty was appointed to this position in March 2011 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
As Commissioner, Esty works closely with Governor Malloy on a range of issues including the Governor’s proposal to transform DEP into the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) – a new agency that would add energy issues to the DEP’s traditional responsibilities.
Prior to joining DEP, 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.
Commissioner Esty is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on environmental policy issues and the relationships between environment and corporate strategy, including the prizewinning book, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage.
Commissioner Esty’s career includes serving in a variety of senior positions for the US Environmental Protection Agency as well as practicing law in Washington, DC. and serving as an advisor on the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign and transition team.
Commissioner Esty holds a B.A. from Harvard, an M.A. from Oxford, and a law degree from Yale. He is a native of Connecticut and now lives in Cheshire.