Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management

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Milano Spotlight On: New School Club for Sustainable Cities

Milano Spotlight On: New School Club for Sustainable CitiesWith: Student Organizers Anna Marandi (EPSM) and Taylor Drake (BAFA)Interviewer: Milano Communications Assistant Diari Dieye (GPIA)  I’m here with two members of the New School’s Sustainable Cities Club. Do you guys want to go ahead and introduce yourself? Anna: I’m Anna Marandi, I’m a second year graduate student in the EPSM program. Taylor: I’m Taylor Drake, I’m a 5th year BAFA undergrad student, I finished product design last year and am finishing Environmental Studies at Lang right now. How did you become part of the Sustainable Cities Club? T: I’m a newer member, I started two, three ...

Going Off Grid: Epsm Student Simon Henschel Brings Power Systems to Remote Communities

Repost from The New School News.While stationed in Laos in 2010, Simon Henschel embarked on a two-day journey to Nam Kha, driving 200 miles along unpaved roads and rural lanes to reach the village in the country’s mountainous northern region.Arriving in Nam Kha, Henschel came upon a hard-working agrarian community that was deeply connected to the land but cut off from many of the comforts of modern society.“They didn’t have any electricity,” Henschel (Environmental Policy And Sustainability Management ’16) recalls. “It’s out of the way, so it wasn’t included in the grid extension plan of the government.”However, Nam Kha was ...
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TEDC Brings Climate Change to #SXSWEco

 Members of TEDC and The New School were in Austin, Texas for the 2015  SXSW Eco, a space for business leaders, innovators, investors, and designers to come together and help advance drive for environmental, economic, and social change. From October 5-7, Ana Baptista, Associate Director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, attended the event as a judge for the "Place by Design Resilience" public space design competition. Baptista also highlighted how waste negatively affects the most marginalized groups around the world by teaching a pop-up course ...
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Climate Citizen Guide: A Call To Action

Hello #ClimateCitizens! I hope your school year is off to a great start. By now, you may have seen the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) Climate Citizen Guide, issuing a call to action for New School students to use their strengths in design, policy and social justice to take on climate change. The guide features our Fall 2015 events and highlights sustainability courses taught throughout the University. Many of these courses are taught by TEDC affiliated faculty members. TEDC distributed the guide to hundreds of students during orientation week and hosted several gatherings for students and faculty to come together.  Perhaps our ...
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Faculty spotlight: Professor McCandless publishes chapter on “Capacity Development and Resilience”

GPIA Professor Dr. McCandless has a new publication out, co-authored with Frauke de Weijer, that examines key lessons from the last two decades of research and practice on capacity development and applies them to the emerging resilience agenda. Resilience is associated with the capacity of individuals, groups and society as a whole to cope, adapt, and transform in the face of man-made and natural shocks. Resilience has long been used in the areas of food security, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. More recently, it has found its place in the areas of peacebuilding and statebuilding, to capture the essence ...