Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program
Fanton Hall/Welcome Center
Ana is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program where she serves as the Chair of the program. She also serves as the Associate Director for the Tishman Environment & Design Center (TEDC) at The New School.
Ana's research and professional practice focuses on environmental justice policies and community based strategies for tackling systemic and structural transformations necessary to achieve environmental justice. Her current research focuses on the use of land use and zoning tools to support environmental justice goals and address cumulative environmental impacts in disproportionately impacted communities. Ana helped to develop and implement a model Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance in Newark, New Jersey. She also focuses on issues related to climate justice policies at the national and state level. Her recent publication examines the environmental justice implications of the promotion of waste incineration and other biomass technologies in national climate mitigation strategies. Ana's research extends to issues related to environmental and health impacts of the global goods movement in seaport cities; zero waste and anti-incineration policies that can help cities transform their relationship to waste; climate justice policies and community based resilience efforts that draw on the expertise of impacted communities; urban air pollution mitigation policies and citizen science air monitoring protocols; community engaged scholarship and participatory action research methods. Her doctoral dissertation focused on state based public policies that institutionalized an environmental justice discourse via procedural justice mechanisms absent more transformative distributive and structural policies.
Prior to joining The New School, Ana served as the Director of Environmental Justice and Community Development programs for the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. At ICC she oversaw a wide range of environmental justice, community development, planning and research projects aimed at implementing distributive and trasnformative bottom up strategies for environmental justice. This work included the creation of Newark's Riverfront Park, a five year community revitalization project in East Ferry Street Neighborhood, Superfund and Brownfields clean ups, community based science and monitoring initiatives, establishment of urban farming programs, environmental justice leadership training, community based climate resiliency and adapatation planning, litigation against the state's largest garbage incinerator, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for ports related air pollution, and a natural gas power plant, and community based organizing for environmental justice.
Ana completed her Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has previously served as the Director of Environment & Energy Programs at Regional Plan Association in New York City, a Senior Environmental Planner for the State of Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management and as a legislative liaison to Senator John Chafee. She received her Master’s degree from Brown University in Environmental Studies and has an undergraduate degree in Environmental & Evolutionary Biology as well as Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
Ana currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Passaic River Superfund Community Advisory Group, a steering committee member of the Coalition for Healthy Ports and the national Moving Forward Network. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ironbound Community Corporation, the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance and GAIA.
Phd, Urban Planning and Public Policy,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunwsick, NJ
MA, Environmental Studies,
BA, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology,
Tishman Environment & Design Center
Ironbound Community Corporation
New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance
Coalition for Healthy Ports
Moving Forward Network
Passaic River Superfund Community Advisory Group
New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative
Baptista, Ana I. "Innovations for Sustainability via New York City's Residential Curbside Organic Waste Collection Program: Pathways to Zero Waste" in Smart(er) NYC: Data, Technology and Life in the City How City Agencies Incubate Innovation from Within. Ed. André Corrêa d'Almeida. New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2018.
Baptista, Ana I. "Finding Hope at the Margins: A Journey of Environmental Justice." Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women's Voices. Ed. Jeanine M. Canty. New York: Routledge, 2017.
Baptista, Ana, I. 2017. Garbage, Power, and Environmental Justice: The Clean Power Plan Rule. William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Volume 41, Issue, 2.
Chang Ho Yu, Zhi-Hua (Tina) Fan, Paul J. Lioy , Ana Baptista, Molly Greenberg, Robert Laumbach, A Mobile Monitoring Approach to Characterize Spatial and Temporal Variation in Traffic-Related Air Pollutants in an Urban Community, Atmospheric Environment,Sept 2016.
Baptista, Ana, I. Environmental Justice in a Time of Despair. Tishman Environment & Design Center What Will Change Series. October 2016
Baptista, Ana, I. Thinking Big on Climate Change, Huffington Post Blog, February 24, 2016
Baptista, Ana, I., Contreras, J. G. and Hoz, M. Just Transitions: Climate Justice in Action Report. In Collaboration with the Climate Justice Alliance. New York, January 2016.
Baptista, Ana. Reflection on Climate Justice in the Aftermath of COP21, Tishman Environment & Design Center Blog, December 14, 2016
Environmental Justice & Cumulative Impacts Ordinance, An Ordinance Amending The City Of Newark, New Jersey's General Code, July 2016
Baptista, Ana, I. Climate Action Week @The New School Report, Climate Series Report, January 2015
Baptista, Ana, I. Strategies for Addressing Cumulative Impacts in Environmental Justice Communities. Report Prepared for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of the Environmental Justice Advisory Council, March 2009
Baptista, Ana, I. Amicus Brief, Environmental and Public Health Impacts of Surface Parking Lots, In opposition to variance application submitted to the City of Newark, NJ Board of Adjustment, October 2014.
Clinton J. Andrews, Ana Baptista and Shawn Patton, in T. Terano et al. eds. Grounded Theory and Multi-agent Simulation for a Small Firm. Agent-Based Simulation, Springer, 2005.
Baptista, Ana, I. Environmental Justice in America: A New Paradigm, by Edwardo Lao Rhodes. 2004. Book Review, Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 70, 3.
Koh, Gary, Norbert E. Yankielun and Ana I. Baptista (1996) Snow cover characterization using multi-band FMCW radars. Hydrological Processes, 10: 1609-1617.
Goods Movement and Port Related Emissions
· How the NY/NJ Port Authority Misspent Millions in Federal Money Meant to Cut Air Pollution, ProPublica, Joaquin Sapien, May 23, 2016
· Ironbound Residents Want Truck Emissions Reduced, NJTV, Michael Hill, May 6, 2016
· Hell on Wheels: Port Authority's Broken Promise Is Choking Newark's Kids, The Village Voice, Max Rivlin-Nadler, May 3, 2016
· Why Did Port Authority Scale Back Its Truck Emissions Program? WNYC, May 3, 2016
· Zero Emissions Now, Moving Forward Network, Film prepared for MFN Campaign, June 2015
· Building Bridges, PBS, Need To Know, Television Program, January 2013
Passaic River Superfund
· Why Newark Bay, Justice And The People's Health Hinge On The Exxon Deal, Afrobeat Radio on WBAI Pacific Radio Station, May 5, 2015
· On Newark Bay, Justice and Health Hinge on Exxon Deal, Bob Hennelly, City Limits, April 30, 2015
· Passaic River is Finally Getting a Cleanup - Partially, Rebeca Ibarra, WNYC, March 4, 2016
· Feds pursuing polluters for $1.38B Passaic River cleanup. Scott Fallon, Bergen Record, March 4, 2016
· EPA: Polluters will pay for $1.4B Passaic River cleanup Laura Herzog, Star Ledger, March 4, 2016
Contaminated Sites and Air Pollution
· Dirty Little Secrets: New Jersey’s Poorest Live Surrounded by Contamination, By Sarah Gonzalez, WNYC, December 9, 2015
· Children of Color Are the Most At-Risk Victims of Pollution, Huffington Post, Marcia Yerman, October 28, 2014
Zero Waste and Anti-Incineration Advocacy
· 2015 SXSW ECO, Social Justice Hub, SxSW Eco Conference Video, Austin, TX, October 6, 2015
· To Meet Waste Goals, NYC Needs to Scrap How it Thinks About Garbage, Cole Rosengren, City Limits, May 22, 2015
Climate Change & Climate Justice
· Design Contest Leaders Seek Disaster-Minded Urban Planners, David Giambusso, Capital New York, February 22, 2016
· For the love of God, Climate Change, Care for Our Common Home, The Green Radio Hour, July 2015
· New Jersey and Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, Rutgers Climate Institute, June 2015
· The New School Speaks Out on Climate Change, MSNBC, September 2014
Environmental and climate justice, the global goods movement industry, community based participatory research and urban planning, cumulative impacts, Superfund and brownfields issues, zero waste and anti-incineration as well as air pollution monitoring and permitting.
US EPA, Environmental Champions Award, New York, May 2017.
Sister Carol Johnston Service Award, Ironbound Community Corporation, October 2016
US EPA, Citizen's Excellence in Community Involvement Award, Passaic River Superfund Community Advisory Group, May 2015
National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, US EPA, Plazas, Parks and Public Spaces: Newark Riverfront Park, April 2015
Advanced Seminar EPSM