Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management

Welcome to the virtual home of the Master of Science program in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) at Milano/The New School. We invite you to look around our blog and get a feel for our community.

Visit the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program at newschool.edu to learn about degree requirements, application information, program faculty, and more. 

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The EPSM Graduate Capstone Experience

During the final semester of the program, students explore specific research topics of compelling professional and academic interest.

Recent Capstone Projects

 

Cultivating Biocultural Diversity through Indigenous and Peasant Sovereignty

Hegemonic state-centric, intergovernmental and market based approaches to addressing climate change have not been able to address the root causes of the Anthropocene’s climate crisis. It is time we shift our attention from hegemonic global governance to the counter-hegemonic networks of grassroots organizations, particularly those based on  indigenous, local and peasant communities. Both REDD+ and cap-and-trade mechanisms are proposed as a way to reduce carbon emissions, yet indigenous and peasant food systems already target this goal by decarbonizing agriculture (Gonzalez 2016, 410). The other goal of biodiversity conservation through REDD+ is another factor in which indigenous people find more success ...

Resurrecting Indigenous Ontologies: Biocultural Responses to World-System Crises

Our current world system is still colonial in many ways. It is these colonial power relations that underpin capitalism’s and modernity’s broader relations of exploitation to Mother Earth and to indigenous peoples. Such colonial power relations have facilitated the imposition of a Eurocentric logic of accumulation and competition that is based on the commodification of nature in the service of endless resource extraction; these processes have sought to dispossess and displace alternative worlds based on land-based lifeways, such as those of indigenous and local communities, instead imposing a monocultural linear history of “progress” as limitless growth abstracted from and exhaustive ...

Aligning Food Justice Priorities In NYC Greenmarkets

Cecilia Depman’s (Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management '18) capstone project explores the impact of increased federal nutrition program spending in NYC Greenmarkets on sustainable farming practices of food producers. Federal nutrition programs play a pivotal role in improving food access in urban landscapes. The use of these programs at farmers markets has increased in recent years due to the proliferation of farmers markets across the United States alongside an increase in their capacity to redeem Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT). Research on this topic has focused on the efficacy of farmers markets, through their participation in EBT, to provide low-income consumers ...

Creating Environmental Justice at the Local Level

A Q&A with environmental policy expert Dr. Ana I. Baptista. With Earth Day approaching, Urban Matters spotlights a new report, “Local Policies for Environmental Justice,”from the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) at The New School. It reviews a growing movement to enlist local governments in stopping and reversing environmental health and safety hazards in low-income areas and communities of color that the report also calls "environmental justice communities." We asked Dr. Ana I. Baptista, TEDC’s associate director and the report’s principal author, about it.   Urban Matters: The report starts with a damning review of how local governments have historically saddled low-income areas and ...

Indigenous and Local Communities Land Rights: Pathways for a Climate Resilient Future for Food

Food insecurity is one of the leading fears enveloping climate change. The agribusiness sector projects the argument that in order to eradicate hunger and provide enough food for the rapidly growing population, we must increase the efficiency of food production worldwide. Thus, the development of new technologies for food production intensification has been largely prioritized on the global climate change adaptation and mitigation arena. However, despite the current statistic of almost one billion people facing chronic malnourishment, we do produce enough food to feed the planet. The globalized food system has created a crisis in which food insecurity is caused ...

Alumni Celebrate in SF with Alexandria McBride ’16 and Chair Ana Baptista

Alumni gathered to celebrate The New School's Centennial at this year's "An Evening with The New School" event in San Francisco. The event featured a lively conversation with Alexandria McBride, MS Environmental Policy & Sustainability ’16, Chief Resilience Officer at the City of Oakland, and Ana Baptista, Chair of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management graduate program and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice ...

New Report | Local Policies for Environmental Justice: A National Scan

The Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) in partnership with NRDC and other critical partners released a report this week prepared by Ana Baptista, Chair of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program at Milano and Associate Director of TEDC. Milano EPSM student Amanda Sachs was a research assistant on the project. This report details how community advocates and their allies transformed local zoning and local land use policies – historically tools for segregation and concentrating pollution in low-income communities and communities of color – into means for addressing the cumulative burdens borne by environmental justice communities. The report ...

Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Brown Bag: Students in Action

Watch as Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) students share their environmental justice and sustainability internship and work experiences. Featuring Genesis Abreu, WE ACT/Asociación ANDES; Maxwell Barnett, NYC Mayor Office of Sustainability; Cheryl Bennett, Sustainable coffee farm; Daniela Rico, NRDC; and Meike Carmen Willems, National Action Plan for Coffee/Green Commodities UNDP Peru. Chair Ana Baptista, Moderator.           ...

Mike Harrington (’18) Joins the Tishman Environment and Design Center

The Tishman Environment and Design Center has named Mike Harrington (’18) as its new Assistant Director. In this role, Mike will continue to advance The New School’s commitment to sustainability and the Tishman Center’s mission to integrate bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues. Mike will assume many of the responsibilities of outgoing Assistant Director, Molly Johnson (’15), now at the Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon. Both Mike and Molly are graduates of Milano’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program. Mike began the EPSM program in 2016 and quickly contributed to the university’s sustainability work ...

Meet Oscar Sosa López, Visiting Professor of Policy and Social Justice

We are delighted to announce that Oscar Sosa López will be joining the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment this spring as Visiting Professor of Policy and Social Justice. Oscar is a critical planning and international development scholar. His research and teaching are concerned with uncovering and overcoming existing barriers to equitable and sustainable urban development. His work draws on theories and methods from planning, geography, sociology and anthropology to examine the relationship between policymaking, democracy and social justice. Oscar’s current research is focused on understanding the relationship between sustainable transportation policy and urban citizenship. His book project, The Politics of ...
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