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

 

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 ...

Nathaniel Smith ’00 Leader for Social Equity & Environmental Justice in the New South

As a child, Nathaniel Smith, MS Urban Policy Analysis and Management ’00 (now the Public and Urban Policy program), knew that he would grow up to be a fighter for civil rights and social equity. Raised in Atlanta, he admired the work of his parents, who engaged in civil rights activism under the tutelage of Martin Luther King, Jr. “I saw the importance of everyday people working to create a better society,” the Milano School alumnus said. Since 2008, as founder, chief equity officer, and CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE), Smith has led efforts to promote growth ...

Congratulating Our December Grads | Toasting Our Alums | Celebrating Darrick Hamilton

Congratulating Our December Grads. Toasting Our Alums.🥂 Celebrating Darrick Hamilton.Posted by Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment on Monday, December 17, 2018   ...

Q&A with Associate Professor Leonardo Figueroa Helland

Leonardo Figueroa Helland, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management works at the intersection of diverse critical paradigms to study how indigenous knowledges combine with various transformative approaches to address environmental challenges, climate crises and social injustices. His research triangulates political ecology, global studies, complex ecologism, world-systems ecology, ecofeminism, and intersectionality with indigenous and decolonial studies to articulate systemic alternatives that embody social, environmental, climate, and global justice. His writings address themes like global environmental politics and policy, indigeneity and decolonization, coloniality and ecological imperialism, gendered economies and socioecological reproduction, posthumanism and biocultural diversity, agroecology and sustainable food systems, social movements ...

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 ...
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