Ira Feldman is a US-based sustainability leader with an interdisciplinary skill set and a global reach. He has 25 years experience as an attorney and management consultant focusing on environmental regulatory innovation, strategic environmental management, sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility. Ira has cut an interdisciplinary swath across three usually distinct spheres: “big picture” environmental policy; environmental law and regulation; and environmental management. In the climate change arena, Ira is at the leading edge of the convergence of sustainability, climate adaptation and ecosystem services. He participates in such relevant initiatives as the UNFCCC’s Nairobi Work Programme on adaptation and collaborates with WRI on ecosystem services. As Professor Feldman, he has taught these topics at the University of Pennsylvania and at Washington College of Law.
In the US, Ira served as Special Counsel at US EPA Headquarters and 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). Around the world — in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia – Ira has worked with governmental entities, multilateral organizations, NGO’s, and industry organizations (from large multinationals to SME’s) on a wide range of implementation, policy development, and training activities.
Ira is a recognized leader in the development of corporate voluntary excellence programs, environmental performance tools and strategies, and international standards such as the ISO 14000 series, ISO 26000 and GRI. He has played a key role in raising awareness of the emerging legal and regulatory significance of ecosystem services, as well as the challenge of planning for climate change adaptation (as distinguished from mitigation). His recent work also 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.