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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.

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 Livestream link: http://livestream.com/TheNewSchool/2015-Milano-Recognition-Ceremony

Congratulations 2015 Milano Graduates!




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;

 — 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).

GPIA Student’s “Disappearing Elephants” Project

briannaGPIA student Brianna Rowe, together with other Milano students and faculty, have created a project called Disappearing Elephants. The project began as a two-month collaboration between the WWF-Hong Kong and The New School University during the 2014 International Field Placement in Hong Kong. Brianna has continued to work on the project during the school year for her Practicum in International Affairs. In Fall 2014, the website was used to teach a semester-long course called “Disappearing Elephants” at International Community High School in the Bronx. 

Disappearing Elephants is a website that outlines the economic and sociopolitical processes involved in elephant conservation. Through education, the goal is to tell the story of today’s threats to elephants and engage students in the global issues impacting conservation. The website packages media online for users to find information about elephants and the ivory trade, downloadable resources for educators to use in classrooms, an action plan for students to become socially engaged about the topic and a network to connect with others working on these issues.

Approximately 100 African elephants are killed everyday for their ivory. Complex criminal networks run the lucrative underground trade, smuggling illegal ivory through different cities before reaching China’s growing ivory market. Global efforts to control the illegal trafficking of ivory have failed to reduce poaching rates in recent years. Conservationists warn that at the current rates of poaching elephants will be extinct within a couple decades. The Asian elephant population is also highly threatened by human actions, with only 30,000 left.



Run For The New School Student Senate And Represent NSPE!

10991525_966982913320450_8076359156018456440_oDear NSPE Students
We would like to encourage everyone to apply for the University Student Senate elections this Spring. Participating in the student senate is a valuable experience for anyone who would like to gain practical experience in political policy, organizational management, [anger management] and extracurricular engagement, while improving services and student engagement at the New School. The University Student Senate supports student initiatives and liaises between students, faculty and the administration in an open forum. 
We encourage students from all Schools of Public Engagement to apply to represent their fellow students in the senate.  
School of Writing
School of Languages
School of Media Studies
Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Applications are due this Thursday April 30 at 11PM through the USS website/Elections. Voting will start on Monday May 4th and run until Saturday at noon
Please do contact any of the current NSPE Senators or the NSPE Student Government Founding Students:
Simon Henschel Henss376@newschool.edu

Good Luck!

A Tribunal on Failed Governance: Climate Change, Inequality, and Jobless Growth

Back in February 2015 The Milano School hosted a Tribunal on global governance failures regarding increasing levels of social and economic inequality, unequal and jobless economic growth, and climate change. The Tribunal also launched an alliance between the Ford Foundation and the Milano School. The Tribunal shed light on the way that conferences such as Habitat III or International Climate Change Conferences can serve as global intermediaries to increase a city’s capacity and governance structures to operate in their particular urban situation. The Tribunal presented testimonies from affected peoples around the globe, indicting cities and governance for inaction regarding climate change, inequity, and jobless growth. A distinguished cross-cultural panel of judges heard the cases presented by a diverse collection of experts and witnesses.