Green Rankings 2009: Advisory Panel

The Green Ranking Advisory Panel was created by NEWSWEEK to review and advise about the rankings methodology and other related matters. Its members were selected to represent a wide range of independent views about environmental issues. The members included: c

Daniel C. Esty
Daniel C. Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University. He holds faculty appointments in both Yale's Environment and Law Schools. He also serves as the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy ( and the Center for Business & Environment at Yale ( ). Professor Esty is the author or editor of nine books and numerous articles on environmental policy issues and the relationships between environment and corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, globalization, governance, and development. His recent prizewinning book, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, argues that pollution control and natural resource management have become critical elements of marketplace success and explains how leading-edge companies have encorporated environmental thinking into their business strategies. Prior to taking up his current position at Yale, Professor Esty was a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (1993-94), served in a variety of senior positions on the US Environmental Protection Agency (1989-93), and practiced law in Washington, DC (1986-89). He is also chairman of Esty Environmental Partners (, a leading environmental strategy consulting firm.

Marjorie Kelly
Marjorie Kelly is a Senior Associate at Tellus Institute and co-founder of Corporation 20/20, a project to create the vision and chart the course for the future corporation. Kelly was also co-founder and editor of Business Ethics, a national magazine on corporate social responsibility she launched in 1987. It is known for its annual listing of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens," a ranking of Russell 1000 firms on how well they serve a variety of stakeholders. She is author of the book The Divine Right of Capital, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2001, which offers an analysis of the design of the corporate form, and explores ideas for a creating a more democratically responsible corporate design. Library Journal named it one of the best business books of the year. Kelly's writings have appeared in publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Utne Reader, Chief Executive, Tikkun, E Magazine, YES! Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Kelly is a board member of Great Neighborhoods! Development Corporation in Minneapolis. She has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Strategic Corporate Initiative sponsored by Corporate Ethics International, and the Advisory Board for Citizens for Corporate Responsibility in Minnesota, as well as serving on advisory boards for the International Institute for Corporate Governance and Accountability at George Washington University Law School, the Capital Ownership Group, and the Citizen Works Corporate Reform Commission. Kelly holds a Master's in Magazine Journalism from the University of Missouri.

John Steelman
John Steelman is currently the program manager for National Resources Defense Council's Climate Center, the mission of which is to advance effective climate policies at the national and international level. John joined NRDC in 1994 and has worked on developing the organization's climate advocacy strategies for more than a decade, including NRDC's partnership with the National Ski Areas Association on their Keep Winter Cool campaign. Prior to NRDC, he worked in marketing and advertising at BBD&O, TWA and Westvaco Paper Company. John received a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University.

Wood Turner
Wood Turner is the executive director of Climate Counts (, a nonprofit initiative spearheaded by Stonyfield Farm that scores companies annually on their commitment to addressing climate change in meaningful, measurable ways. The Climate Counts Company Scorecard, launched in June 2007, helps consumers make climate-conscious purchasing and investing choices and encourages the world's most well-known companies to take the issue of climate change seriously. Turner has led a range of public and private brand-building and social marketing efforts. As senior sustainability strategist with a Seattle advertising and strategic communications agency, he consulted for the Seattle Mayor's Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection. He also worked on a Washington DC-based industry environmental task force on recycling and solid waste policy. He has practiced as an environmental planner, leading a range of public and private land use initiatives in Washington and California. Turner graduated from Duke University and earned a master's degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Washington. He participated in the transportation and land use working group of the New Hampshire governor's Climate Change Task Force and sits on several advisory boards, among them B Corporation, the New Hampshire Carbon Challenge and the Carbon Disclosure Standards Board.

David Vidal
David J. Vidal is Global Corporate Citizenship Research Director, at the Conference Board, an independent membership organization working in the public interest to disseminate knowledge about management and the marketplace to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve society. Vidal joined The Conference Board in 1997 continuing a multi-faceted career spanning management and staff positions at the Council on Foreign Relations, Continental Insurance, the New York City Partnership, the U.S. Department of State, The New York Times and The Associated Press. As Director of the Center for Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability, he is responsible for research and program development in corporate citizenship and sustainability, as well as corporate responsibility and corporate philanthropy and community engagement. He also served as Publisher of Across the Board, now The Conference Board Review magazine. Before joining the Conference Board, Vidal was Vice President at the Council on Foreign Relations, assistant vice president at Continental Insurance and Vice President of The Continental Corporation Foundation, and Director of Public Affairs for the New York City Partnership, a CEO-led civic, housing and education group. As a special assistant in the US Department of State and the Agency for International Development, and later as a Washington-based consultant, he served in staff and advisory capacities in the Carter and Reagan administrations. As a journalist, he was a correspondent and editor with The Associated Press and The New York Times in New York and throughout Latin America, including as founder of the AP Bureau in Brasilia, and New York Times Bureau Chief in Rio de Janeiro. Vidal has an AB degree in romance languages and literature from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fulbright Scholar and a White House Fellow.