The Intersection of Climate and Agriculture, NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:00pm
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Peter Lehner, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Please join us Thursday, November 13, for a conversation with Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

International efforts to address climate change have been bogged down – and are underperforming against the challenge of reducing the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Yale Climate & Energy Institute are hosting a speaker series this year highlighting novel approaches to climate governance.

Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and NRDC Action Fund, continues the series Thursday, November 13. His talk, titled “Agriculture and Climate: The Forgotten ‘Wedge,’” begins at 6:10 PM in Yale Law School’s Room 128. It is free and open to the public.

Other speakers in the series, Pioneering Policy: Ideas for Breakthrough Climate Governance, include James Cameron, chairman of Climate Change Capital, and Kate Gordon, vice president and director of the Energy and Climate Program at Next Generation.

For more information on this and other events, please contact Susanne Stahl at

Peter Lehner is the executive director of NRDC and NRDC Action Fund. NRDC, one the nation’s leading environmental advocacy organizations with over 1.5 million members and activists and 450 staff in seven offices, works to protect people’s health and families, communities, jobs, and wild spaces by accelerating clean and efficient energy, transportation and protecting our oceans, waters and homes from pollution. Peter is responsible for guiding NRDC’s policy positions, advocacy strategies, communications plans, development and administration, and managing NRDC’s seven offices and for leading the Action Fund’s political activities.  Since Peter’s return to NRDC in 2006, NRDC has opened new offices in Beijing and Chicago, started the Center for Market Innovation, and expanded both its policy and communications capacity.  Previously, Peter served as chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office for eight years.  He supervised all environmental litigation by the state, prosecuting a wide variety of polluters and developing innovative multi-state strategies targeting global warming, acid rain, and smog causing emissions.  Peter previously served at NRDC as a senior attorney in charge of the water program.  Before that, he created and led the environmental prosecution unit for New York City.  Peter holds an AB in philosophy and mathematics from Harvard College and is an honors graduate of Columbia University Law School.  He also has extensive experience in sustainable farming and green business.

Yale Law School, Room 128 See map
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT