The New School Sustainability Course Identification

The Tool

This searchable database of New School courses that address sustainability issues is meant to be a student resource as well as impetus to expand the university’s offerings in this area.  The university's pursuit of a STARS rating required this inventory of sustainability in our curriculum. More specifically, the university was asked to account for its sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses across all divisions.

Sustainability-focused courses have assessment tasks that involve two of the three sections of the definition below. Sustainability-related courses have assessment tasks that involve one of the three sections of the definition below.

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Course Title Division Sustainability Focused or Related
Economics of Disasters NSSR/Lang Economics Focused
Sustainable Globalization NSSR/Lang Economics Focused
Natural Disasters in South America NSSR/Lang History Focused
Environmental Thinking Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
Healthy Environment, Healthy People Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
Political Animals NSSR/Lang Politics Focused
Energy and Sustainability Lang Science Focused
Science & Politics of Infectious Diseases Lang Science Focused
Health Inequality & Development Lang Science Focused
Consuming Cities Lang Urban Focused
Planning Sustainable Cities Lang Urban Focused
Sustainable Urban Communities Milano Focused
Sustainability Perspectives & Practices Milano Focused
History of US Agriculture Bachelors Program Focused
Urban Agriculture Bachelors Program Focused
Environment & Security Nexus Graduate Program in International Affairs Focused
Urban Water Graduate Program in International Affairs Focused
The Amazon: Markets, State, Society Graduate Program in International Affairs Focused
EcoFash: Sustainable Solutions Parsons School of Fashion Focused
Architecture and Social Practice Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Lab: Solar Decathalon Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Nature and Sustainability Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Environmental Technology Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Unsustainability and Consumerism Parsons School of Art Design History Theory Focused
Technology and Sustainability Parsons School of Art Design History Theory Focused
Architecture and Energy Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Nature Culture and Design Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Dept Seminar 4: Sustainable Business Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
IDC Ecologies: Sustainable Practice Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
SDS Projects: Urban Communities Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
Environment & Society Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
Urban Conservation Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
Not-Owning Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
Environmental Economics NSSR/Lang Economics Focused
NYC: Natural History Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
Ecology 1 Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
Water Quality Lab Lang Science Focused
Environmental Health Lang Science Focused
From the Rainforest Lang Science Focused
Ecologies of the Urban Lang Science Focused
Ecology II Lang Science Focused
Urban Food Systems Lang Urban Focused
Sustainable Urban Communities Milano Focused
Environmental Justice in American Cities Milano Focused
Urban Environmental Policy Milano Focused
Environmental Health Care Issues Milano Focused
Principles of Environmental Science Milano Focused
Environmental Law, Science, Policy Milano Focused
Food, Environment and Health Bachelors Program Focused
City and Environment Lang Urban Focused
Environmental Design Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Lab: Solar Decathalon Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Architecture and Social Practice Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Nature in Environment Parsons School of Constructed Environments Focused
Technology and Sustainability Parsons School of Art Design History Theory Focused
Sustainable Consumption Parsons School of Art Design History Theory Focused
Zero Waste Garment Parsons School of Fashion Focused
Laboratory 2: Sustainability Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
Lab 2: Sustainable Design Thinking Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
IDC Collab: Urban Practices Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
IDC Systems: Material Impacts Parsons School of Design Strategies Focused
Renewable Energy Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
Rethinking Sustainable Design Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Focused
Applied Research: Urban Bike Parsons School of Art Media Technology Focused
Chemicals Health & the Enviro Movement Milano Focused
Street Fights: Urban Planning Bachelors Program Focused
Urban Forestry Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related
Oyster Restoration Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related
Urban Park Rangers Lang Outdoors Related
Sustainable Gardening Lang Outdoors Related
Lang on the Hudson Lang Outdoors Related
Lang Community Garden Lang Outdoors Related
Mapping the Human Media Studies Related
Philosophy and the Animal NSSR/Lang Philosophy Related
Math Models in Nature Lang Science Related
Animal Rights, Animal Minds NSSR/Lang Philosophy Related
Ecology I Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related
Water Quality Lab Lang Science Related
Mapping the City Lang Urban Related
Food Environments & Health Bachelors Program Related
The Harbor & the Hudson Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related
Water Quality Lab Lang Science Related
Chemistry and the Environment Lang Science Related
Everyday City Lang Urban Related
Community Organizing Lang Urban Related
Urban Food Systems Lang Urban Related
Global Food System Bachelors Program Related
Politics Health and Environment Thematic Interdisciplinary Programs Related

The Definition

Sustainability names a concern for the quality of the future that is likely to result from the structure of societies today. That concern can be widespread, extending from a concern for evolutionary viability of particular non-human species to issues of the equity of access to resources of different human communities.

For 2010-11, The New School is defining sustainability as a concern about future generations' equitable access to complex materials, dense energy sources, clean air and water, when a diversity of non-human species also depend upon all those for their well-being.

At The New School, learning about sustainability involves understanding:

  1. rationales for concern about sustainability, such as valuing
    • being precautionary (by limiting the extent of what is done or ensuring its reversibility)
    • equity (across peoples of different race and culture and between current and future generations)
    • a diversity of non-human species and the uniqueness of places
    • democratic principles of transparency and inclusiveness

  2. qualities of sustainable systems, such as natural ecosystems, that tend to be
    • negentropic (attempting wherever possible to stem the cosmic dissipation of energy into less concentrated and ordered forms)
    • resilient (with redundancies and networking that can absorb unexpected impacts)
    • biocompatible (with outputs that can be non-destructive inputs to mostly non-human (i.e. 'natural') systems, or non-interfering of those systems (i.e., valuable inputs to subsequent industrial systems)
    • dematerializing (decoupling demand satisfaction and value creation from material resource consumption)

  3. capacities of institutions and communities to prioritize those rationales and qualities, by incorporating 
    • scientifically-produced knowledge into decision-making
    • long term planning that take account of variable scenarios and risks
    • whole-of-life costing, internalizing environmental costs and restoration
    • timely, authentic consultation with a wide set of stakeholders and communities
    • accounts of humans that assume culturally-specific reasonableness constrained by socio-technical systems and routine everyday practices

 

What is STARS®?


The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. The New School received a STARS Silver rating in August 2011.

 
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