Environmental Studies

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Major (BA, BS)

In this interdisciplinary program, students identify and address the critical environmental issues facing the world’s cities in the 21st century. The curriculum brings together the natural sciences, the social sciences, and design. It prepares graduates for policy planning and service careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A bachelor’s-master’s option is also available. This program is also available as a Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students. Students can study full-time or part-time, taking courses on campus and online, and have the option of completing the degree entirely online.

Career opportunities include: Sustainability Consulting, Public Policy, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Graduate Study

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Minor in Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies minor is designed to give students the core information they need to understand both the natural and social science implications of our environmental problems. The minor helps students to better understand the rapidly developing environmental field, become active participants in the discussion of environmental issues, and integrate environmental understanding into their other areas of study and professional careers.

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Recent Environmental Studies Thesis topics

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

  • “Guajiro Justice: Complicating Notions of Agency in Post-1990 Cuban Agriculture” – Olivia Driscoll Gamber
  • “Biophilia: the Collection” – Elizabeth Noonan
  • “Grounding Environmental Justice in Communities Immediately Affected” – Emily Yacina

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

  • “Designing a Bicycle User Experience” – Trey Hahn
  • “Where is Wilderness?” – Emma Hayward
  • “Fighting Injustice through Data Collection” – Sasha Hodson
  • “Natural Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells & Solar Democracy” – Jozef Soloff
  • “Urban Farmology” – Sally Yang

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

  • “Justice in the Classroom: Democracy through Play” – Lena Greenberg
  • “Rooftop Real Estate: An Examination of Distributed Solar Capacity in New York City” – Kaitlyn Hoyt

Spring 2015

Spring 2015

  • “City Kids, Environmental Leaders: Can after-­school programs create environmental stewards?” – Michele Berry
  • “Theories of practice & food waste reduction” – H. Leigh Brown
  • “The Limitations to Sustainability within Supply Chains” – Amanda Canavan
  • “The impacts of urban development on carbon storage capacity in salt marshes: A case study of Jamaica Bay, New York” – Kelsey Gosselin
  • “How might we communicate the problems + solutions of ecological issues to the public? Water Quality in Flushing Bay + Creek” – Cody Herrmann
  • “Determining Storm Surge Vulnerability in New York County” – Steven Huang

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

  • “Connections to Cloth: Upcycling in the Childrenswear Market” – Ariana Breall
  • “Cultural Practices in Orca Whales as the Main Driver for Implementing Changes in Captivity” – Emily Callaway
  • “Actual and Proposed Local Storm Surge Barriers in New Orleans and New York: Lessons Learned” – Elena Granado
  • “Sludge Incineration and Energy Efficiency” – Sherif Kamal
  • “Expansion of 3D Printings Effect On The Labor Market” – Hannah Straus
  • “A Service Design Study Promoting Resiliency in Rockaway Community: Rockaway Waterfront Alliance as main case study” – Stephanie Valencia

Spring 2013

Spring 2013

  • “Shifting away from disposable: (Re)designing the packaging, delivery, and disposal of contact lens packaging” – Chris Beatty
  • “Head v. Heart: Measuring the Effectiveness of Two Types of Appeals to Influence Proenvironmental Behaviors” – Alex Dolan
  • “Opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline: Emergence of the Hybrid Environmental Advocacy Organization” – Geoff Genzano
  • “A New Approach to NYC Park Management: Integrating Biodiversity and Community” – Jason Sohn-Greenberg
  • “Ecological Practice: Bokashi” – Max Katz
  • “Park as Pharmacy: Medicinal Botany in Cities” – Rena Lee
  • “Expressing Ecological Citizenship Through Windowfarming” – T.J. O’Brien
  • “Learning From the Dutch Sea Level Rise Adaptation in NYC and Rotterdam” – Jackie Pellicano
  • “Community Organizing and Food Activism through Slow Food at The New School” – Gemma Richardson
  • “A Comparison of Projected Capital Cost Scenarios to Build Natural Gas Combine Cycle & Utility Solar Photovoltaics Assessing Cost, Risk, and Impact of Two Power Generation Technologies” – Nicolas Sheehan

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

  • “Combining Lean Thinking & Design Research” – Miki Aso
  • “Improving the Post-Occupancy Evaluation for The New School University Building on 65 Fifth Avenue in New York City” – Ashley K. Baker
  • “Reducing Disposable Tableware Waste in the Quick-Service Food Industry: The barriers and feasibility of a hypothetical business model which offers only reusable tableware” – Tom Csatari
  • “Conscious Clothing Use Changing Perceptions and Behaviors of Garment Care Towards Energy Conservation” – George Gladstone
  • “What is Citizen Science?” – Kelli Jordan
  • “Understanding the Influence of Culture in Purchasing Local Foods and Organic foods From Farmers’ Markets at Low-income Neighborhoods” – Carmen Li
  • “Carbon Sequestration in Weedy Vacant Lots” – Hugh Whittaker Reed
  • “Assessing the Madison Square Pedestrian Plaza as a Public Space” – Paloma Garcia Simon
  • “Where Do You Live? Using Resident-Employed Photography to Explore Place Attachment to the Built Environment in an Urban Context” – Lou Wright
  • “Developing a Tool for Increased Sharing Within the Urban Climbing Community Through Design Research and Intervention” – Carlos Alvarez Yusitis
  • “The Middle City” – Hannah Zingre

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