Climate Change and Cities
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NEPS 5001
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Classroom/Online Hybrid
Permission Required: No
  • Environmental Studies
  • Urban Environment
Climate change is altering the ways our cities are planned and managed; affecting more than half the world’s households and most firms. United Nations estimates that three billion people will be added to cities by 2050, predominantly in slums of Africa and Asia. In this course students learn about this critical global environmental challenge and explore city responses to climate change. The focus is on familiarizing the students with practical applications of frameworks for city climate risk assessment. The course provides an introduction to the importance of climate science, the tools to unpacking urban risks, adaptation and mitigation mechanism, and policy options for urban sectors like energy and transport, and their system-wide interactions through land use and governance. To develop problem solving strategies for environmental planning and management, students will learn the importance of including economic, social, and technical analyses that are spatially and temporally disaggregated, drawing on case studies from major cities around the world. Requirement for the MS, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management and Advanced Certificate in Sustainability Strategies. Elective in the Milano School Global Urban Futures and Leading Sustainability Areas of Specialization, as well as the Cities and Social Justice Concentration for the Masters in International Affairs.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Freshman students.

Not open to Junior students.

Not open to Sophomore students.