Assistant Director, Yale Office of Sustainability | Committee Chair, Upper State Street Farm Market | Executive Committee Member, Yale Climate and Energy Institute | Doctoral Candidate, Antioch New England Graduate School
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Melissa Goodall is the Assistant Director of the Yale Office of Sustainability. In this role, she is responsible for strategic outreach to advance Yale’s position as a global institutional leader on sustainability and climate change. She is additionally focused on developing the concept of the campus as a living laboratory: fostering strategic faculty, staff, and student partnerships across the university that lead to the research and implementation of sustainability best practices. Her particular areas of interest are connecting global policy to local action; sustainable food; sustainability planning; streamlining systems; and partnership with the city of New Haven. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute and was the head of the Yale delegation to the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference. Prior to joining the Sustainability team, Melissa spent five years as the Associate Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. During her time with the Center, Melissa managed a range of projects related to environmental governance, environmental attitudes and behavior, and data-driven environmental decision-making. Also while with the Center, Melissa chaired the committee that hosted the Yale 2008 Conference of Governors on Climate Change. Melissa came to Yale after five years as an international environmental policy project manger, primarily focused on climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation in developing countries. During this time, Melissa worked mainly with the United Nations Development Programme. Melissa is a New Haven native who participates in neighborhood greenspace activities and a local farmer’s market.
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