Ira Feldman is a US-based sustainability leader with an interdisciplinary skill set and a global reach. He has over 25 years experience as an attorney and management consultant focusing on environmental regulatory innovation (e.g., alternatives to “command and control” regulation), strategic environmental management, sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility. Ira is at the leading edge of the convergence of sustainability, climate adaptation and ecosystem services and he teaches these topics at the University of Pennsylvania. His recent work explores the role of ESG (environment-social-governance) factors in the financial sector; the implications of “soft law” or “private law” for business and government; and the use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to advance sustainable development.
Reflecting the depth and breadth of his expertise, Ira currently serves on the advisory boards of such diverse organizations as the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL); the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); the Sustainability Accounting Advisory Board (SASB); and the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI). He has long played a leading role in defining future domestic policy directions through his participation in environmental management and sustainability policy initiatives such as the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) and the Multi-state Working Group on Environmental Performance (MSWG).
As team leader or in partnership with other consultancies and law firms, Ira has assisted governmental entities, multilateral organizations, think tanks, corporate trade associations and SME’s, on a wide range of implementation, policy development, and training activities. He led in the development of corporate voluntary excellence programs, environmental performance tools and strategies, and international voluntary standards such as the ISO 14000 series, ISO 26000 and GRI. Previously, as Special Counsel at US EPA headquarters, he pioneered new enforcement settlement approaches; developed the Agency’s audit and self-disclosure policy; and was the architect of EPA’s first corporate voluntary excellence program.
Ira is committed to advancing sustainability thinking in the US through policy initiatives and electoral politics; bringing clarity and coherence to the emerging field of sustainability professionals; assisting colleges and universities with faculty and curriculum development for sustainability in higher education; and remaining an active contributor to the substantive sustainability and climate dialogue.