GPIA Student Pablo Cesar Santos-Pineda Conducts Budget Analysis Work for Section 27 in South Africa

PabloPablo Cesar Santos-Pineda, originally from Los Angeles is currently in his last semester of the M.A. International Affairs program at The New School and is pursuing a concentration in Development Studies.

Pablo participated in the 2014 South Africa IFP where he interned with Section 27, a public interest law firm that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights in South Africa, and conducted independent field work on land use reform.




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Livestream the Milano Recognition Ceremony!

Milano LogoThe 2015 Milano Recognition Ceremony is happening this Thursday, May 21 at 4:30pm at the University Center of The New School. Graduates from all of the programs are individually recognized for the completion of their degrees and certificates and awards will be given out to students from each program. The ceremony features speeches by two outstanding students: William Bradley Luckhardt (Organizational Change Management) and Mina A. Addo (Urban Policy Analysis and Management).

If you can’t make it in person, the event will be available to watch on Livestream.

Here is the video link:

Congratulations 2015 Milano Graduates!




Larissa Ushizima Discusses 2014 Colombia International Field Program Work Designing Ecotourism Initiatives

Larissa FaceLarissa Ushizima, originally from Brazil, is just finishing her last semester in the International Affairs program at The New School. In 2014 Larissa participated in the International Field Program (IFP) to Colombia where she worked with a local government to help strengthen community engagement mechanisms for designing ecotourism initiatives. She applied this work to her thesis, which analyzes tourism-agriculture linkages in Brazil and traveled to Bonito, Brazil during January 2015 to conduct field research after receiving a small award from the Milano School.





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Five EPSM Students Named EDF Climate Corps Fellows

110616-climatecorps2-wWe are proud to announce that five students from the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program have won Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) post-graduate Climate Corps fellowships.  EDF describes these highly selective fellowships as their “premier fellowship program.”  Winners are given an intensive week-long training session, and then placed with organizations to work on customized energy efficiency and management projects.  EDF later convenes program alumni and host organizations in an annual networking event, making the fellowships a true career-building experience.

Fellows are chosen after a rigorous selection process, and we are very proud that four EPSM students have won these prestigious fellowships.  The students and their projects are:

 —Molly Johnson, 2015, evaluation of options for diversifying Dartmouth College’s energy profile as part of the college’s  new sustainability plan;

 —Charles Umberger, 2015, benchmarking energy use and putting together a capital plan for energy-saving investments at Comcast;EDF Fellows

 — Devashree Ghosh Saha, 2015, working with the city of Hoboken, New Jersey on a microgrid demonstration project, to help the city cope with future energy emergencies caused by Hudson River flooding; and,

 —Gianna Zapiti, 2016, working with Philadelphia Energy Solutions to re-evaluate earlier EDF projects in light of significant changes at the energy facility, and to identify and rank new energy saving opportunities.

Laura Marincola, 2016, working with KKR to develop a national utility rates and rebates database, and support strategic development and roll-out of GPP 2.0 (green portfolio program).

Urban Policy Professors Publish Article in Housing Policy Debate Journal

meltzer and schwartzProfessors of Urban Policy Rachel Meltzer and Alex Schwartz have published an article in Housing Policy Debate, a leading journal in the field, about the effect of housing affordability on health among renters in New York City. In their article, entitled “Housing Affordability and Health: Evidence From New York City,” Meltzer and Schwartz find that higher out-of-pocket rent burdens are associated with worse self-reported health conditions and a higher likelihood to postpone medical services for financial reasons. This relationship is particularly strong for those households with severe rent burdens. Their findings point to the importance of considering health-related outcomes when designing housing policies, and that housing subsidies should target both renters’ out-of-pocket costs and place-based repair and maintenance. Read the article here.




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