Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management

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Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management

2021 Graduate Student Award Winners

John Clinton Outstanding Student Award

Best Paper Award
“Long Island Waste Flows”

2020 Graduate Student Award Winners

John Clinton Outstanding Student Award

Best Professional Decision Report (PDR)
“Insights From Behavioral Sciences for Moving Towards Sustainable Forest Management in New York”

Best Paper of Publishable Quality (PPQ)
“Climate Task Force & Resource Hub: Co-Design Model For Student Led Collaborations”

2019 Graduate Student Award Winners

CAROLINE THOMPSON | John Clinton Outstanding Student Award

MARIA C. COELLO | Best Paper Award for “Exploring the Impacts of Aerial Fumigation on Communities Near Banana Farms in the Province of Los Rios, Ecuador.”

Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management Capstone Experience

During the final semester of the program, students explore specific research topics of compelling professional and academic interest. Read more about Recent Capstone Projects

Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management News

Milano Professor Ana Isabel Baptista Testifies to House Select Committee on Solving the Climate Crisis

Recently, Ana Isabel Baptista, assistant professor of professional practice in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program at Milano and associate director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, was invited to testify in front of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hearing “Solving the Climate Crisis: Building a Vibrant and Just Clean Energy Economy.” The hearing focused on solutions for building a vibrant clean energy economy that prioritizes environmental justice while creating high-quality jobs. Three other climate crisis experts—Jason Walsh, executive director, BlueGreen Alliance; Beth Soholt, executive director, Clean Grid Alliance; and Michael Shellenberger, founder and ...
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Leonardo Figueroa Helland Appointed Chair of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program

Leonardo Figueroa Helland, associate professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, has been appointed the chair of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program.Concerning his vision for EPSM, Figueroa shared, “For those looking to challenge the social and environmental injustices at the root of our planetary crises, our program fosters the diversity of knowledges and critical methodologies needed for systemic change. Here, a shared commitment to just sustainabilities fosters an intellectual community dedicated to transformative public engagement and social action.” At Milano this fall, Figueroa will be teaching the courses “Climate Change: Systemic Crisis & Systemic Change” and “Indigenous Ecologies.” ...
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Mayor de Blasio Appoints the Fourth New York City Panel on Climate Change

Mayor de Blasio announced the appointment of the fourth New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), a 20-member independent advisory body that synthesizes scientific information on climate change and advises City policymakers on local resiliency and adaptation strategies to protect against rising temperatures, increased flooding, and other hazards. Members include Assistant Professor of Professional Practice and Chair of Milano’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program Ana Baptista, Associate Professor of Urban Ecology and Director of the Urban Systems Lab Timon McPhearson, and University Professor Joel Towers (co-chair). “As we continue on the path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, ...
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Covid-19 Exposes the Health Dangers of Burning Trash

By Ana Isabel Baptista and Adrienne Perovich The increased burning of household trash, a likely side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, could well make an already desperate health situation in many Black and Latinx communities even worse. Dirty industries are more often sited in communities of color with lax environmental protections and oversight. And as a recent widely reported Harvard University study concluded, a relatively small increase in particulate matter commonly part of airborne pollution is associated with a 15 percent increase in the Covid-19 death rate. This is almost certainly contributing to the disproportionately higher number of Covid-19 deaths ...
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"We will be thinking of you, one among a storied network of learners who graduated before you, reaching back for more than a century and forward into the future." —Mary Watson, Executive Dean, Schools of Public Engagement The Recognition Ceremony for the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment was held on Thursday, May 14, 2020. STUDENT SPEAKERAndrea Torres, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management STUDENT AWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENTJOHN CLINTON OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDAndrea TorresBEST PROFESSIONAL DECISION REPORT (PDR)Koorosh Behrang, "Insights From Behavioral Sciences for Moving Towards Sustainable Forest Management in New York"BEST PAPER OF PUBLISHABLE QUALITY (PPQ)Christian David ...
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Tishman Environment and Design Center Earth Day Events Advocate for Climate Justice and Community Resiliency

Tishman Environment and Design Center’s environmental advocacy builds the issues of climate and environmental justice, innovative sustainability, and community resiliency into its many programs and events... The first Earth Day took place 50 years ago, giving voice to growing concerns about the pollution of the environment — oil spills, toxic dumping, pesticides, the extinction of wildlife — and its harmful effects on human life. Since that first event in 1970, Earth Day has grown to mobilize more than a billion people worldwide for a day of action intended to spark local, national, and global change. At The New School, the ...
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Racheal Notto (MS ’18) Responds to the Covid-19 Crisis in Western Queens

Racheal Notto (MS ’18) has been volunteering with LIC Relief, a charity focused on the impacts of Covid-19 specifically food insecurity and the local economy. She’s volunteering there about 15 hours a week helping with meal distribution, managing the food pantry, and looking for new partners. She recently wrote us about the important work LIC Relief is doing. LIC Relief was founded March 13, 2020 by Kelly Craig and Patrick Thompson. They called upon local civic, religious and business organizations to work together to alleviate food insecurity needs in Western Queens neighborhoods and surrounding areas due to the Covid-19 crisis ...
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New Graduate Minor in Design and Urban Justice

The Design and Urban Justice minor offers students methodologies, theories, practices, and policy approaches for advocating for social and spatial justice through design and applied urban strategies. In light of increasing economic polarization, social segregation, urban inequality, and concerns over access to basic necessities in urban environments, new design paradigms are emerging involving collaborations and alliances with citizens, activists, community organizations, and social-oriented institutions to create alternative ways of producing livelihoods and sustaining cities. Addressing education, food, housing, public space, the environment, and social and urban infrastructure, this minor enables students to apply critical research, thinking, and design in creative ...
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Launching a Decade of Climate Action

by Nicole Karsch “2020 is going to be a turning point for our generation’s future, but whether it goes our way is up to us. Scientists around the world are clear: inaction on the climate crisis will be a death sentence for millions of people,” read the start of a call for climate action put out by the youth group, Sunrise Movement. From climate strikes to record youth voter turnout, young people across the country are rising up in the face of climate inaction. Last week, sixty-five members of the New School Community came together to attend “Decade of the ...
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Ludovica Martella Addresses Generation Green New Deal

This December, young people throughout New York City once again walked out of their classes as part of a world-wide climate strike. They gathered at City Hall to call on our elected officials to take bolder and faster action on the climate crisis. The strike coincided with the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25) held in Madrid, Spain, at a time when global greenhouse gas emissions are at a record high. Ludovica Martella, speaking on behalf of the youth-led organization Zero Hour NYC, took to the podium at the New ...
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