Past Projects

2015-2016 – Visiting Scholars Release White Papers on Environmental Justice Implications of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Visiting Scholars affiliated with the Tishman Center have released a series of White Papers focused on the environmental justice implications of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule.

The CPP is one of the most significant national environmental laws enacted in decades. As such, the CPP will set terms for how our nation tackles climate change mitigation broadly, and how we respond to the communities most impacted by this ecological crisis and the industries causing it.

As courts rule on the progress of the CPP and states consider their implementation plans, this is a critical opportunity to examine the environmental justice (EJ) issues associated with this plan. The Visiting Scholars’ papers take an in-depth look at specific issues in the CPP that impact environmental justice communities, including air pollution, carbon trading, challenges related to clean energy opportunities, incentives for dirty energy and the history of the EJ movement’s engagement in climate policies.

Read the executive summary here.

Watch the webinar:

The Scholars and their white papers are:

Dr_Nicky_SheatsDr. Nicky Sheats, Thomas Edison State University, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance; Achieving Emissions Reductions For Environmental Justice Communities Through Climate Change Mitigation Policy

Dr. Sheats, Esq., is the Director of the Center for the Urban Environment of the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State University and has defined the primary mission of the Center as providing support for the environmental justice (EJ) community on both a state and national level. Dr. Sheats holds his BA in Economics from Princeton University, a MA in Public Policy from Harvard University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a PhD from Harvard University in Earth and Planetary Science.

Dr. Sheats is a founding member of the NJ EJ Alliance, the EJ Leadership Forum on Climate Change and the EJ and Science Initiative. He has been appointed to several federal and state advisory councils including the EPA’s National EJ Advisory Council, the EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and the New Jersey Clean Air Council.

This paper discusses the need for air pollution emissions reductions in environmental justice communities and offers a mechanism to achieve them through climate change mitigation policy. The paper also takes a critical look at these issues in relation to carbon trading and the CPP Rule.

Contact Dr. Sheats at:


Dr_Cecilia_MartinezDr. Cecilia Martinez, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy; Environmental Justice And The Clean Power Plan: The Case of Energy Efficiency

Dr. Martinez is the Co-Founder and Director of Research Programs at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED). Dr. Martinez has led a variety of projects to address sustainable development at the local and international levels. Her research is focused on the development of energy and environmental strategies that promote equitable and sustainable policies. Dr. Martinez holds a BA from Stanford University and a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Delaware.

This paper identifies the ways in which existing energy planning strategies are inequitable and illustrates a need for integrating environmental justice communities into renewable energy strategies. By highlighting issues of inequity in energy planning from an economic perspective, this paper articulates the importance for considering energy infrastructure transformation at the community level.

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Dr_Ana_BaptistaDr. Ana Isabel Baptista, The New School; Garbage, Power And Environmental Justice: The Clean Power Plan

Dr. Baptista serves as the Associate Director of the Tishman Center and is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School. She was most recently the Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Regional Plan Association where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of issues ranging from climate change to greenspace preservation across the New York metropolitan region. Prior to RPA, Dr. Baptista was the Director of Environmental and Planning programs for the Ironbound Community Corporation for over seven years. Dr. Baptista holds a BA from Dartmouth College, a MA in Environmental Studies from Brown University, and a PhD from Rutgers University in Planning.

This paper analyzes the environmental justice implications associated with the inclusion of waste incineration in the CPP rule. The paper examines the concerns related to the treatment of waste incineration as carbon neutral as well as strategies for environmental justice communities to challenge this provision in State Implementation Plans.

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These are papers in progress commissioned by The New School, with the intent that versions of them will be published by the William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.

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September 2013 – Climate Action Week at The New School

Read the full Climate Action Week Report here.

Climate Action Week at the The New School began as a request for endorsement and grew to a robust expression of our university’s commitment to climate change issues and to being part of the solution.
In May 2014, Bill McKibben issued a striking call to arms in Rolling Stone Magazine, inviting all the world to come to New York City ahead of the United Nations Climate talks on September 23rd 2014. The New School heeded this call to action and after the historic People’s Climate March where our community joined in the hundreds to march for action – The New School reinvigorated our commitment to going beyond the march to carry forth the spirit of collective, long-term, sustained responses to this climate crisis.

The New School demonstrates our commitment to climate action and our solidarity with people converging on New York City for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21 with a week-long series of events focused on climate change. As a leader and official endorser of the march, The New School has organized Climate Action Week, including programming offering the university and wider community opportunities for enriched learning and engagement opportunities; promoting scholarship, innovation and creativity, solidarity and collective action; and highlighting The New School’s values around climate justice and action.

Media Coverage

MSNBC: The Climate Change Generation Finds Its Voice

Grist: Climate Film Gets Activists Pumped for NYC March

International Business Times: People’s Climate Change March NYC: Diverse Coalition Of Activists Demands Action On Climate Change

Videos & Photos

Kick off to the People’s Climate March

 The Climate Action Rally is an opportunity for The New School community to come together as we prepare to participate in the People’s Climate March.

Climate Action Week: People’s Climate March

Students, faculty, deans and staff from The New School community were among the 400,000 people who took to the streets of New York City on September 21, 2014. They marched through the heart of Manhattan, sounding the alarm for world leaders set to gather at the United Nations for a summit meeting on climate change.

Other media:

Building Product Ecosystems: Launching a Framework for Progress

Climate Action Rally: Photos

Climate Week Popup Workshops: Photos

False Promises: Biz As Usual – Extraction Continues and Expands | People’s Climate Justice Summit

False Promises: Carbon as a Solution | People’s Climate Justice Summit

#FrackOff: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend Our Climate

Judges’ Responses | People’s Climate Justice Summit

On the Rise: Global and Local Front-line Communities and the Climate Crisis

People’s Climate Justice Summit: Photos

People’s Climate Justice Summit Panel Discussion: Video

People’s Tribunal: Corporate Root Causes to Climate Change | People’s Climate Justice Summit

People’s Tribunal – Regional Perspectives and Impacts | People’s Climate Justice Summit

The People Face the Tribunal | People’s Climate Justice Summit

Public Programs Express: Naomi Klein | The New School

Q&A With Directors of “Disruption”: Photos

Rally Address from Bill McKibben

The New School Marches at the People’s Climate March: Photos

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein: Capitalism vs. the Climate


Urban Farmers Documentary Screening

Environmental Justice Enter Its Age of Anxiety

Trump Teams Feature Thin Rosters, Mixed Bag on Experience

Bias Hinders Diversity in Hiring Environmental Organizations

The Challenges of Diversity in Sustainability Leadership

Trump officials suspend plan to delete EPA climate web pages

Grant freeze to be narrower, shorter than expected — officials

Could Trump Administration Undo Toxic Passaic River Fix?

Podcast Ep 34: Preparing For The Fight With Dr. Mindy Fullilove

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