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

Whole Earth Curriculum

Professors Mindy Fullilove and Leonardo Figueroa Helland are 2019-2020 Tishman Environment and Design Center Faculty Grant Recipients for their project “Whole Earth” Curriculum. The project will use teach-ins, workshops and popular education to help the Milano School integrate climate issues in relation to justice, sustainability, diversity, and systemic change into every part of our activities. Learn More ...

Mike Harrington ’18 Talks to The Root about Climate Change

Over the summer, Tishman Environmental and Design Center Assistant Director and Milano alum Mike Harrington spoke to producers at the popular Black American website The Root about how climate change affects the lives of minorities, especially Black people. Below is a shortened version of an interview he did. This clip focuses on the risks of excessive heat and climate change, among other things. Original Post ...

The Goals We Already Knew: Sustainability Strategies Student Ludovica Martella Speaks at UN Side Panel

When the United Nations (UN) released the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the first day of 2016, Greta had not protested outside of the Swedish Parliament yet, the world was not at 350 gigatons yet, and the United States election fever was burning. Now in 2019, a youth movement has caught fire under the pressures of rapidly declining climate conditions with little global participation or concern and has teamed up alongside climate organizations alike to document and participate in the reaction and action to the ongoing climate crisis.  International Buddhist and peace empowerment nonprofit organization with consultative status to ...

Engaging a New Generation in Public Service

This September, The New School’s Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment hosted its first Public Service Weekend, partnering with the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Thirty-two undergraduates and recent graduates from across the metropolitan area, and beyond, visited The New School to participate in the weekend conference around the theme of “Engaging a New Generation to Restore Trust in Public Service.” The Public Service Weekend began with a keynote from University Professor Maya Wiley, who spoke about the importance of people with a wide range ...

Alumnus Benjamin Silverman ’14 #100WordsOrLess

Benjamin Silverman Environment, MS 2014 Climate and Buildings Program Manager  City of Boston Environment Department Milano and the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management (EPSM) program helped to give me the skills to push for impactful change in the organizations I have worked for. Other Milano students and myself helped to win The New School to divesting its endowment from fossil fuels, making it the largest university to do so at the time. Post-Milano I have worked for City sustainability and environmental departments in New York, Oakland, and Boston. In Boston I have helped to push for new cutting-edge policy and program ...

Alumna Milagros de Hoz ’17 #100WordsOrLess

Milagros de Hoz Environment, MS 2017 Environmental Health Programs Manager WE ACT for EJ.  I fell in love with science at a young age. Thought the lab and academia was my path...until I worked at a lab. Wanted more hands-on work, so I moved to Guatemala to literally put my hands in the dirt. It was tough. Got into EPSM. I cried. Ana Baptista gave me a chance. Erica Khol-Arenas moved my heart. Jamee Moudoud helped me unlearn the old. Worked on food and fancy UN stuff. Needed more hands-on work. Found WE ACT.  My pattern is this: I need ...

Alumna Anna Marandi ’16 #100WordsOrLess

Anna Marandi Environment, MS 2016 Senior Specialist, Climate and Sustainability National League of Cities After transitioning from the film industry to the climate adaptation field, I feel like I have finally found my people and my mission. I'm so happy I took the leap! I worry a lot about our collective future though -- things are looking pretty dire. I find hope, however, in younger generations, and in my friends, family, and colleagues. I love my home cities: Vancouver, New York, and now, D.C. I work out every day, meditate (sometimes), and try to stay healthy. I fly only when ...

Oscar Sosa López on transportation policy, urban mobility, and citizenship

Oscar Sosa López is teaching a course on Transportation Planning and the Politics of Urban Mobility this fall. We sat down with him to talk about transportation policy, urban mobility, and citizenship. You’ve done a lot of research focused on understanding the relationship between sustainable transportation policy, urban mobility, and citizenship. What made you so interested in this area of study?   I’­m a planner and my core interest is urban citizenship. I’m concerned with the different formal and informal processes through which resources are distributed in cities. These processes produce unequal regimes in which some have access to services and ...

Environmental Justice and National Environmental Groups Advance a Historic Joint Climate Platform

To confront the widening dangers of our climate crisis, leading U.S. environmental justice and national environmental groups today are advancing for the first time an Equitable and Just National Climate Platform. Ana Baptista, Chair of Milano’s Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program, is one of the co-authors and inaugural signatories of the platform. Dr. Baptista and Dr. Nicky Sheats of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance issued a joint statement saying, “We are hopeful that the Just and Equitable National Climate Platform will serve as the foundation for future climate policies. For too long, environmental justice communities were relegated to being sacrifice ...

From Class Assignment to Journal Publication

Allison (Allie) Molinaro took Alan McGowan’s Renewable Energy Systems course this spring. As part of a class assignment, she submitted a paper she wrote to SSRN, an open-access online community where students can post early-stage research. Her paper, The Effectiveness of Vegetation in Reducing Building Energy Demand, generated interest and an offer to publish from one of the oldest journals in the US covering real estate matters and disciplines that impact the built environment. Congratulations! How did your paper go from class assignment to an offer to publish? Thank you! It was all very surprising. We were assigned to write ...