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Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management



The Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program addresses intersecting challenges such as global climate change, natural resource depletion, financial sustainability, and innovative organizational change. Click here to find out more about the program, and visit the EPSM blog here.

Climate Action Week @ The New School

CAWThe New School demonstrates our commitment to climate action and our solidarity with people converging on New York City for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21 with a week-long series of events focused on climate change. As a leader and official endorser of the March, The New School’s Climate Action Week includes a diverse set of programming directed towards the university and wider community for enriched learning and engagement opportunities, scholarship, innovation and creativity, solidarity and collective action, and highlighting New School’s values around climate justice and action. Click here for the full schedule of events.


Be sure to use #TNSClimateAction on all related social media posts! For any questions or to get involved email climateaction@newschool.edu.


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EPSM Students Present at New York State Solid Waste & Recycling Conference

Green&Go picnic (1)Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management students, Laura Merli and Devashree Saha recently presented their research project, “Green and Go” at the 2014 New York State Solid Waste & Recycling Conference at the Sagamore May 18th-21st. This research was funded by an award from The Green Fund and was advised by part-time EPSM faculty member, Dr. Konstantine Rountos. Laura graduated in May, and currently works as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston. Devashree served as the President of the Sustainable Cities Club in the Spring 2014 semester, and has one semester left at Milano.

Green and Go was launched in April in the cafeteria in the new University Center.


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People’s Climate March Planning Session Hosted at Milano

Climate March Balloon Poster (1)Last Tuesday, July 1st Milano hosted a planning event for the People’s Climate March. Representatives from various sectors including organized labor, youth, environmental justice, retirees, environmental and peace movements, student groups, food justice, the arts, etc were well represented. The event had over 500 participants and was deemed a great success by event organizers.

The focus of the evening was getting these varied sectors organized around mobilization efforts leading to the march that will take place on Sunday, September 21, 2014. The march will happen at a time when the world’s leaders will be in NYC for the UN’s Climate Summit 2014. Please visit the People’s Climate March website for more details. There will be another planning meeting likely in August, with details to follow.

“Change Strategies for Sustainable Cities” Class Provides Recommendations for PlaNYC

*Reposted from the Sustainable Milano blog:

planyc-300x300In the Spring 2014 semester, Professor John Clinton, founder of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management M.S. program, taught a one-time offering called “Change Strategies for Sustainable Cities”. In class, graduate students from Milano andParsons engaged in discussions of what “sustainability” really means, what it looks like when cities take sustainability seriously, and how New York City can be more sustainable. The class encouraged collaboration between students, and sought to understand the many dimensions of shaping public policy. Guest lecturers from across the university joined the class to lend their expertise to the process.

Guest lecturers and topics included:

Brandon (Biko) Koenig, PhD Student at The New School for Social Research – Research Methods

Ricardo Gotla, Director of Public Engagement at Regional Plan Association, Milano alumnus -  The role and influence of the New York League of Conservation Voters

Nevin Cohen, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, The New School for Public Engagement – The power, role, and legality of various city “plans”

Timon McPhearson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, The New School for Public Engagement – The interplay of people and environment in urban ecologies

Jeff Smith, Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy – Navigating the political arena

Mary Watson, Executive Dean, The New School For Public Engagement – Implementing change through collaboration and identification of individual strengths

Students examined the 2013 Progress Report on PlaNYC  and supporting documents in order to identify opportunities to strengthen the city’s efforts to be more sustainable and resilient. Over the course of the semester, each student translated class discussions and personal research into policy memoranda with the intent to engage Mayor Bill De Blasio’s administration with issues of sustainability, and connect the identified opportunities to promote sustainability with the Mayor’s goals for increasing social justice in the city.

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Professor Konstantine Rountos Recipient of 2014 Nuria Protopopescu Memorial Teaching Award

imagesKonstantine Rountos has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Nuria Protopopescu Memorial Teaching Award from Stonybrook University.  This award is presented annually to a graduate student in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences based on demonstrated excellence in teaching, innovation and creativity in instructional plans and materials, and engagement with and dedication to their students.

Konstantine has been successfully teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels as an Adjunct lecturer at three NYC institutions of higher learning: Manhattan College, the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and The New School. The courses he has taught have ranged from General Biology and Ecology to Environmental Sciences. At The New School, Konstantine has developed and taught a core course, Principles in Environmental Studies, for the MS program in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at Milano every semester since its inception in Fall 2011.


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