Melissa Goodall

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Associate Director
70 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06510-1217

Melissa Goodall is the Associate Director of the Yale Office of Sustainability. With a background in global environmental policy, Melissa’s aim in her work with the Office is to illuminate causes and effects across various scales, sectors, and disciplines. Melissa’s main focus is developing and implementing sustainability action plans for Yale’s Professional Schools and other high-impact departments, including the Division of Finance and Business Operations and the General Counsel’s Office. She is also responsible for strategic projects and outreach to support Yale’s sustainability leadership, such as the Yale Global Climate Forum as well as New Haven-focused initiative such as Go New Haven Go.

Prior to joining the Yale Sustainability team, Melissa spent five years as the Associate Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy where she oversaw the Center’s operations and managed projects related to global environmental governance, data-driven decision-making, environmental attitudes and behavior, and greening business. Before coming to Yale, Melissa was as an international environmental policy project manager, primarily working for the United Nations Development Programme on projects focused on climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation in developing countries.

In 2015 Melissa earned her doctoral degree at Antioch University New England, where the topic of her dissertation is the role that higher education instructions can play in advancing more robust solutions to governing the global commons. She is currently an external advisor to the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston and to the Office of the President at Addis Ababa University

Publications Authored 

UNEP (contributing author), “Chapter 16: Global Responses,” Global Environment Outlook 5, United Nations Environment Programme, June 2012.

Ivanova, Maria H. and Melissa Goodall, “Global Environment Outlook (GEO): an Integrated Environmental Assessment,” The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability, Berkshire Publishing Group, June 2012.

Goodall, Melissa, “Sub-institutional Planning for Sustainability: Developing Community-scale Concepts and Actions,” Best Practices in Campus Sustainability, January 2014.

Goodall, Melissa and Allison Potteiger, “Community Leadership within Universities: A Guide to Sub-Institutional Planning,” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, MCB University Press, June 2012.

Brown, Melissa, “Book Review: Thinking Ecologically: The Next Generation of Environmental Policy,” The Environmental Change and Annual Security Report, 1998.

Talbott, K. and Melissa Brown, “Forest Plunder in Southeast Asia: An Environmental Security Nexus in Burma and Cambodia,” The Environmental Change and Annual Security Report, 1998.

Goodall, Melissa, Smart Partnerships: How Higher Education Institutions Can Enhance the Capacity of the UN to Govern the Global Commons, August 2015. Dissertations & Theses. Paper 215.

Publications Copyedited

Brooks, Hooper and Julia Parzen (eds.), Land Use and Environmental Planning: Lessons from a Surdna Foundation Initiative, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2006.

Chertow, Marian and Michelle Portlock (eds.), Developing Industrial Ecosystems: Approaches, Cases, and Tools, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2002.

Esty, Daniel C. and Maria H. Ivanova (eds.), Global Environmental Governance: Options and Opportunities, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2002.

Gomez-Echeverri, Luis (ed.), Climate Change and Development, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2000.