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

 

Alexandria McBride, EPSM ’16, Named Chief Resilience Officer for Oakland, California

As a student at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, Alexandria McBride deepened her understanding of how policy, design, and social justice perspectives can be used to address critical environmental issues generated by the impacts of climate change and other environmental threats. Her research, “Assessing the Impact of Environmental Education on Minority STEM Interest,” which she presented at the Tishman Environment and Design Center Student Scholars Lunch and Learn: Earth Week 2016, demonstrated her achievements in the field. McBride, MS Environmental Policy & Sustainability ’16, has spent the last two years carving out a successful career by applying and elevating this approach, most recently ...

Meet Our Newest Faculty Member!

Leonardo E. Figueroa Helland, PhD, joins Milano as Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management this fall.  His work explores how indigenous knowledges can combine with other transformative paradigms to enable socially just, commons-based and sustainable alternatives to global crises such as climate change and environmental degradation, energy and resource depletion, food injustice, displacement and forced migration, and late/post-industrial urban decay, among other Anthropocene crises. Before coming to Milano, Leonardo was Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Politics, Justice & Global Studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Leonardo obtained his MA and PhD from ...

Consultant on Peru’s National Action Plan for Coffee

Before beginning Milano’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program, Meike Willems worked in Peru for the Green Commodities Program, an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aimed at building a wide platform for coffee involving both the public and private sector. This summer, Meike returned as a consultant on Peru’s National Action Plan for Coffee (NAPC).  “For me, the most appealing aspect of working on the National Action Plan for the Coffee was to be able to go back to do field work in the coffee sector,” says Meike. “I was able to see first-hand the progress of the project in terms ...

Taylor Morton (EPSM ’17) Chosen for Environmental Education 30 Under 30 award

Taylor Morton graduated from Milano’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program last year. This year, she became one of only thirty young leaders from around the world recognized by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) as the top change-makers in environmental education for 2018. The Environmental Education (EE) 30 Under 30 program highlights the work of young professionals, under the age of 30, who are using environmental education to create change in their communities and forge a sustainable future. Taylor is a tireless champion of the environment and environmental education. “I think it’s really important to teach people ...

Summer 2018 Internship: On the Front Lines of the Environmental Movement

Second-year Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) student, Daniela Rico is an Environmental Justice (EJ) intern at the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). Her undergraduate work in environmental biology taught her the science that led to an interest in advocacy and environmental problem-solving. She took time out this summer to explore these areas of interest through an internship with NRDC. “When this internship ends, I will return to my Project Manager position at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, where I manage HUD-funded grants that are provided to nonprofits and city agencies in Lower Manhattan,” says Daniela.  Daniela shares her internship experience in this interview. How did you ...

Alumna ‘Killin It’ In the Fight Against Climate Change

Molly Craft Johnson (’15) is Assistant Director for Sustainability Initiatives at The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center and responsible for engaging students and supporting initiatives that bolster a campus-wide culture of sustainability. Prior to working at the Tishman Center, Molly was an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow at Dartmouth College, where she contributed to the College’s sustainability plan. Molly holds a BA from the University of Portland and an MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from Milano.    You were just named as one of the "Women ‘Killin It’ in the Fight Against Climate Change" by The University Network ...

Congratulations to Our Spring 2018 Graduates!

Please enjoy these highlights from Milano's Master's, PhD, and Certificate Candidates Recognition Ceremony held on May 17, 2018.  Student speaker Monae Sheron Evans praised the graduating class saying, "You all are truly inspirational, not only for the innovative work you will go on to do, but for the work many of us here tonight have already been doing." You can read Monae's full address here.  Enjoy a slideshow of the evening's celebration.  2018 Student Awards Recipients of the Distinguished Student Award Anastasiya Filippova Brianda Jeanett Quinones Salgado Amber Nicole Thomas  Recipient of the John Clinton Outstanding Environmental Policy and Sustainability ...
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