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

New Graduate Minor in Design and Urban Justice

The Design and Urban Justice minor offers students methodologies, theories, practices, and policy approaches for advocating for social and spatial justice through design and applied urban strategies. In light of increasing economic polarization, social segregation, urban inequality, and concerns over access to basic necessities in urban environments, new design paradigms are emerging involving collaborations and alliances with citizens, activists, community organizations, and social-oriented institutions to create alternative ways of producing livelihoods and sustaining cities. Addressing education, food, housing, public space, the environment, and social and urban infrastructure, this minor enables students to apply critical research, thinking, and design in creative ...
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Launching a Decade of Climate Action

by Nicole Karsch “2020 is going to be a turning point for our generation’s future, but whether it goes our way is up to us. Scientists around the world are clear: inaction on the climate crisis will be a death sentence for millions of people,” read the start of a call for climate action put out by the youth group, Sunrise Movement. From climate strikes to record youth voter turnout, young people across the country are rising up in the face of climate inaction. Last week, sixty-five members of the New School Community came together to attend “Decade of the ...
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Ludovica Martella Addresses Generation Green New Deal

This December, young people throughout New York City once again walked out of their classes as part of a world-wide climate strike. They gathered at City Hall to call on our elected officials to take bolder and faster action on the climate crisis. The strike coincided with the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25) held in Madrid, Spain, at a time when global greenhouse gas emissions are at a record high. Ludovica Martella, speaking on behalf of the youth-led organization Zero Hour NYC, took to the podium at the New ...
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Interview with Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Alum Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson ‘17 is an Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program Alum, who currently works as the Climate and Sustainability Initiative Manager at the Madison Square Park Conservancy. What interested you in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program at Milano? I went to undergraduate school for politics and upon graduation, I was working in the local mayor’s office. But I did not get the sense of things actually getting done. Meanwhile, I knew I needed to be in a position where things are more positive and change actually happens. I did not feel like my politics degree set me ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Engaging a New Generation in Public Service

[easingslider id="444067"] 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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