The commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is stepping down and returning to his job at Yale University.
When Gov. Dannel Malloy appointed Daniel Esty in March 2011, Yale granted him a three-year leave of absence from his tenured position to take over the state agency.
“I am proud of all we’ve accomplished on the environmental and energy fronts with the hard work of a skilled and dedicated agency staff and the active support, engagement and guidance of Governor Malloy,” Esty said in a statement. “In sum, our efforts have made Connecticut a national leader when it comes to innovative approaches to both environmental regulation and energy policy.”
Esty will leave his DEEP office on Feb. 3 and return to Yale to resume his work as the 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.
You can read his resignation letter here. http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/2014.01.15_esty.pdf
“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,” Malloy said in a statement. “During the three years he served as Commissioner, innovative and breakthrough programs were put in place to successfully address long-standing environmental and energy challenges. In addition, steps were taken to lighten the burden of electricity costs, an issue that has created real problems for our families and businesses. I thank Commissioner Esty for all he has done in working closely with me to build a stronger future for Connecticut and I wish him all the best upon his return to his duties at Yale.”
Esty has written and edited several books and articles on environmental policy issues and the relationship between environmental and corporate strategy.
He has also served in a variety of senior positions for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as well as practicing law in Washington, DC. He also served as an energy and environmental policy advisor on the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign and was a member of the Obama Presidential Transition Team.
Malloy will announce a successor in the coming weeks.