Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management

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Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management 
2019 Graduate Student Award Winners

Caroline Thompson


Caroline Thompson | John Clinton Outstanding Student Award
Caroline Thompson came to the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program with a background in negotiation and policy facilitation. During her time at Milano, Caroline completed an internship at a renewable energy startup and pursued a graduate minor in Impact Entrepreneurship. She also served as the President of the Sustainable Cities Club and as the Graduate Student Admissions Ambassador for the EPSM program. After graduation, Caroline hopes to pursue a career in strategic communications and storytelling for environmental issues.

Maria C. Coello

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.”
Maria Coello was born and raised in Ecuador. Prior to coming to the New School, she studied Public Service and Public Administration at St John’s University and was an intern in the Ecuadorian Mission to the UN. She brings a unique international perspective to sustainability, with expertise in international law of the sea and fisheries rights, sustainable agriculture, and economic justice. Her capstone project focused on banana production and impacts on near communities. In the future she hopes to work as an advocate for agriculture labor rights, towards economic inclusion of small communities and environmental justice.


The Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management
Graduate 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 and Sustainability Management News

Indigeneity and Systemic Change

Research has demonstrated that areas managed by, and held within or adjacent to indigenous and local communities retain the majority of the world’s biodiversity, house a significant portion of the world’s terrestrial carbon sinks, and show slower rates of ecosystem degradation and deforestation. This correlation is due to the fact that Indigenous planning, land management and governance practices have been nurtured over thousands of years of intimate and reciprocal relations to the places and ecosystems with which Indigenous peoples have co-evolved. Such Indigenous practices have fostered long-living non-anthropocentric communities that embed humans within the web of life, leading not only to the sustaining ...

4.4 million people in the U.S. are exposed to pollution from waste incinerators

79% of incinerators are located in low-income communities and communities of color. The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School has uncovered for the first time that approximately 8 out of 10 waste incinerators in the U.S. are located in environmental justice communities (low-income communities and/or communities of color). These facilities have been known to emit mercury, lead, particulate matter 2.5 and 10, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide, and carbon monoxide, all of which pose significant dangers to public health. Many of the communities where incinerators are located are already overburdened by pollution from other industrial sources, causing cumulative ...

Earth Week Alumni Panel

In celebration of Earth Week, alumni gathered for a reception and panel led by alumni from the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management MS program, including Daphany Sanchez '15, Executive Director, Kinetic Communities Consulting; Taylor Morton '17, Teaching Fellow, Trinity School; Annel Cabrera '16, Senior Director of Engagement and Programming, New York Restoration Project; Tifani Peguero '15, GreenHouse Program Manager, The Horticultural Society of New York; with moderator Mike Harrington '18, Assistant Director, Tishman Environment and Design Center ...

Protecting Indigenous Languages and Knowledges: Biocultural Keys to Climate Justice

“Indigenous languages are not languages from the past but from the present.” United Nations General Assembly- High Level Event on The International Year of Indigenous Languages. Feb 1, 2019. On February 1, 2019, the United Nations General Assembly in New York City hosted a high-level event to launch The International Year of Indigenous Languages. Resolution 71/178 of December 2016, appointed the year 2019, as the international year of Indigenous Languages. Heads of state, indigenous groups, non- governmental organizations and member states gathered at the plenary session to talk about the importance of protecting Mother Earth’s biocultural diversity heritage through the ...

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 ...