New School President David Van Zandt has outlined the importance of climate change to the global New School mission: “Climate change, the effects of which are already being felt by our most vulnerable populations, is one of the greatest challenges we are facing in the 21st century.”
In 2014, The New School inaugurated the
Tishman Environmental and Design Center (TEDC) to engage with sustainability and spur climate change–related activity and research. To promote the center’s work , TNS created a dedicated online presence, with the twitter handle @
NewSchoolTEDC and the hashtag #ClimateCitizen in 2015. “The ultimate goal of TEDC is to transform all 14,000 students, faculty members, and staff into fully aware, service-oriented climate citizens,” said Michelle DePass, director of TEDC and dean of the Milano School of International
Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. The university is also raising public awareness of climate change through its
Climate Citizen Guide (PDF). “This new guide opens a clear path toward sustainability-minded action, helping our community realize that we all play a vital role in mitigating climate challenges and saving our planet.” The guide is a call to action for New School students, encouraging them to apply their strengths in design, policy, and social
justice to take on climate change. At Parsons Paris, our students and faculty can participate through the online platforms, finding inspiration in the guide and the call to promote and share “climate actions” on social media.
The New School has taken effective steps to address the consequences of climate change, including participation in the People’s Climate March in September 2014 in both New York and Paris, as well as drafting the trustees’ commitment to
divestment from fossil fuel investments.
Parsons Paris has integrated sustainability initiatives at four levels: curricular development, learning outcomes, faculty research, and public events. Further, we are dedicated to creating more environmentally sustainable work spaces, operations, and practices at our 45 rue Saint Roch
As a member of the New School community, you can become a part of the university-wide effort to create a more sustainable, less wasteful campus. Only through individual effort is comprehensive and lasting change possible. To date, more than 1,000 members of the university community have taken the
pledge, helping The New School become a more sustainable university. Make a statement about your dedication to environmental stewardship by
taking the pledge.
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