Three years after he left Yale to become the state environmental protection chief, Dan Esty is returning to campus.
Esty (featured in a December 2012 interview at 360 State) is resigning from his post as Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Feb. 3, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.
He will return to Yale, which had granted him a three-year leave. His official titles: Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy and Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Center for Business & Environment at Yale.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy tapped Esty in March 2011 to take over what was then called the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He oversaw DEP’s evolution into DEEP in July 2011. DEEP is “charged with conserving, improving, and protecting the state’s natural resources and environment and with developing and implanting policies and programs to make cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy available to Connecticut’s residents and businesses,” according to the governor’s office.
“As the first Commissioner of a state agency that took on expanded responsibilities, Dan Esty led the way in integrating and reinvigorating our approach to environmental regulation and energy policy and building a strong foundation for 21st century action,” said Governor Malloy in a press release.
In a letter to Malloy, Esty listed his DEEP accomplishments this way:
“• Transformation of the agency which has led to faster decision making and action on permit applications, improved service to businesses and the public, and increased opportunities for people to conduct business with the agency electronically.
• Managing increased investments in state parks infrastructure, wastewater treatment projects, and brownfields redevelopment.
• Continued promotion of land conservation and open space acquisition despite tight budgets.
• Broadening the focus on outdoor recreation opportunities with the launch of the State Park Centennial Celebration and the continued growth of the No Child Left Inside program, which encourages outdoor exploration and exercise and fosters the next generation of environmental stewards
• Re-engineering how Connecticut manages waste, designed to reap greater value from recycling and materials management.
• Delivering the state’s first Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which provided the blueprint needed to bring down energy prices, expand energy efficiency programs, increase reliance on renewable energy, expand opportunities for natural gas, and increase the reliability of the electric grid.
• Launching the first-in-the-nation Green Bank which has provided an entirely new approach to clean energy finance – driving innovation in the marketplace and funding at an unprecedented scale.
• Engaging the New England states in a path-breaking, regional commitment to building energy infrastructure including new transmission lines to access cheaper, cleaner electricity and expanded natural gas capacity to provide us a future with greater energy supply options, enhanced reliability, and lower costs.”