From its participation in the People’s Climate March to its creation of energy-saving solutions to its constant questioning of whether we can consume sustainably, every week is #EarthWeek at The New School.
Still, that isn’t going to stop the leading progressive university from setting aside an entire week to show, once again, its commitment to sustainability and addressing the climate crisis.
This week, New School students, faculty, and alumni celebrate Earth Week with a series of programs and events focusing on everything from reducing textile waste to promoting green jobs to projects designed to support ethical and sustainable consumption and urban resiliency.
Parley Talk at Parsons
Explore the role of artists, fashion designers, filmmakers, and product designers in reshaping the state of our oceans. Featuring guest speakers Cyrill Gutsch, Alexander Taylor, and Chris Jordan. Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue.
Green Jobs and Social Justice: A Panel Discussion with Leaders in the Field
Hear about the status and future of green jobs from experts in the field and find out what it takes to succeed in those careers. Tuesday, April 19, 4:00–6:00 p.m. University Center, Starr Foundation Hall, 63 Fifth Avenue.
Student Installations: The Elements
Reflect on the many roles and uses of water and the elements in your own life as you interact with student installations. Wednesday, April 20, 12:00 noon. Lang Courtyard, 65 West 11th Street.
Pop-Up Print Shop: Irresistible Resistance
Print your own environmental justice–themed poster at the New York iteration of the Parsons Paris You Are Here exhibition, a student show that was designed to give the community a voice on the COP21 Climate Conference. Wednesday, April 20, 2:00–6:00 p.m. Critique Space, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street.
Political commentators, media makers, and scholars share perspectives on art, design, and environmental justice. Featuring Sally Kohn, political commentator for CNN; Kate Levy, documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist; Brentin Mock, staff writer, CityLab at The Atlantic; Jeremy Pickard and Lani Fu, captain and first mate, Superhero Clubhouse; and in•site collaborative, an international collective of designers and researchers. Wednesday, April 20, 6:00–8:00 p.m. The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street.
Sustainability Tech at The New School
Learn about the features that make the University Center a modern example of energy efficiency, tech integration, and thoughtful design. Thursday, April 21, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, Klein Conference Room, 66 West 12th Street.
SURE HOUSE: A Model of Resiliency
Discover more about SURE HOUSE, a home co-designed by Parsons students that aims to mitigate climate change and prepare inhabitants—and neighbors—for rising seas and increasingly severe storms. Thursday, April 21, 6:00–8:00 pm. University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue.
Street Seats Installation
Watch as Parsons students construct a public seating area (on the corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue) at which people can relax, converse, and interact with the city. Friday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue.
Food Pantry Kickoff Event: Open House and Food Drive
Stop by The New School’s new food pantry for an open house, budget food demo led by a nutritionist, and food drive. Donate unopened, shelf-stable, factory-sealed food items. Friday, April 22, 12:00–4:00 p.m. 6 East 16th Street, 12th floor.
Reduce textile waste in landfills by exchanging unwanted garments. All unswapped items will be delivered to GrowNYC’s Textile Recycling program. Friday, April 22, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lobby, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street/66 Fifth Avenue.
See students and alumni present a series of projects and proposals designed to support ethical and sustainable consumption and urban resiliency. Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street.
Slow Death: Black Health and Environmental Justice
Take part in a discussion exploring issues of environmental justice and health equity in the Black community and challenges participants to find their voice in the movement. Tuesday, April 26, 6:00–8:00 p.m. John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue.