Current Responsibilities: Melissa Goodall has been with Yale Sustainability since 2009. She is particularly passionate about connecting local action and Yale’s scholarly activities to global priorities: In this spirit, she has created a set of resources connecting Yale’s activities to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She also partners with peer institutions in the International Alliance of Research Universities and the International Sustainable Campus Network to develop shared publications and programming on global challenges.
Since 2010, Melissa has been running a program to develop and implement department-level sustainability action plans for Yale’s professional schools, residential colleges, and other high-impact departments. Each of these is crafted to connect to the discipline or mission of the department, while furthering Yale’s sustainability ambitions.
Melissa works closely with Yale Hospitality, the Division of Global Strategy, and Yale Operations. She is also the lead Yale Sustainability contact for the alumni of Yale Blue-Green.
• Five years as the Associate Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
• Two years with the Dean’s Office of the School of the Environment
• Five years as a consultant with the United Nations Development Programme.
Academic/Professional Credentials and Appointments: Melissa is on the Board is and is the co-chair of the Advisory Council of the International Sustainable Campus Network, and is on the Steering Committee of the Sustainability Initiative of the International Alliance of Research Universities. She is also an Advisor to the UN Higher Education Sustainability Initiative and an External Advisor to the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston. She 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 also holds an MS from Antioch as well as a BFA from New York University. She is a Fellow of Silliman College.
• Melissa and her family own a local sustainable coffee shop.
• Melissa is certified to teach Zumba.
International Alliance of Research Universities (editor and lead author), Global Priorities, Educated Solutions: The Role of Academia in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals Online Publication, July 2019.
Goodall, Melissa and Elsie Moore, “Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into Teaching, Research, Operations, and Service: A Case Report of Yale University” in Sustainability, the Journal of Record, April 2019
International Alliance of Research Universities (editor and lead author), Global Priorities, Educated Solutions: The Role of Academia in Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals Event Report, November 2018.
Goodall, Melissa and Elsie Moore, Yale Scholarship and the Sustainable Development Goals, November 2018.
Goodall, Melissa, Smart Partnerships: How Higher Education Institutions Can Bolster the Capacity of the UN to Govern the Global Commons, August 2015.
International Alliance of Research Universities (coordinating lead author and contributing author), Green Guide for Universities – Pathways Toward Sustainability, October 2014.
United Nations Environment Programme (contributing author), “Chapter 17: 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 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.