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  • Tishman Environment and Design Center

  • Tishman Environment and Design Center

    The Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) fosters the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in the context of diverse community participation.

    The Center connects interdisciplinary faculty research and practice with innovative pedagogy to address critical issues generated by the impacts of climate change and other environmental threats to community well-being. Applying design strategies, social science perspectives, and the tools of ecological analysis and intervention, TEDC initiatives confront the most pressing issues of the day while engaging students to envision a more social-ecologically resilient and just world.

    TEDC works with faculty, staff, students, and key administrators to ensure that The New School is an exemplar of urban green design and construction and sustainable institutional practices and behaviors. Initiatives seek to exemplify the level of campus sustainability achieved with the LEED Gold University Center. The TEDC studio/workshop space serves as a dedicated hub for faculty, students, staff, and community members to plan, convene, create, assess, and showcase initiatives across disciplines and the university.


    Director, Michelle DePass

    Director Emeritus, Joel Towers

    Associate Director, Ana Baptista

    Administrator-at-Large, Tokombo Shobowale

    Faculty & Staff


    Selected Projects

    Climate Action Week @ The New School

    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’s Climate Action Week includes a diverse set of programming directed towards the university and wider community for enriched learning and engagement opportunities, scholarship, innovation and creativity, solidarity and collective action, and highlighting New School’s values around climate justice and action.

    Video Highlights

    People's Climate March Climate Ambassadors Symposium
    This Changes Everything - Naomi Klein
    Climate Week Popup Workshops
    MSNBC: The Climate Change Generation Finds Its Voice
    Kickoff to Climate Action March
    Rally Address

    TEDC in the Community

    Michelle DePass, the Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management and Dean of Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy continues to share her expertise in climate justice and equity across the country. These events include the Making Cities I³: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion. Third International Symposium,  US Human Rights Network 2014 Regional Meeting & Hearing (New Orleans, LA), and NYC Healthy Homes Summit, convened by WE ACT for Environmental Justice.