With the recent news about President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our university’s commitment to environmental sustainability and to finding innovative solutions to address it. The New School joins other higher education institutions, local and state governments, and business leaders in proclaiming that “We Are Still In” and will continue with our efforts in the global fight against climate change. You can follow or share news of this initiative on social media with #WeAreStillIn.
Our university’s strong and unique position on climate leadership results not only from who we are but also from the efforts of many people across the institution.
- We can be especially proud of and grateful to the Tishman Environment and Design Center. (This timely article by TEDC director and Milano dean Michelle DePass responds to the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.)
- We are also indebted to the many faculty members and students across The New School who produce classes, projects, research, and events that address environmental sustainability from multiple angles.
- Equally valuable are the efforts of our staff, who continually find ways in our buildings and operations to reduce our campus’s carbon footprint.
The bold ideas, important perspectives, and thoughtful responses that emerge from The New School help create meaningful change in our city and our world. This spirit is rooted in our history, is vital to our future, and is very much alive at The New School today.
David Van Zandt, President