Change Strategies for Sustainable Cities
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Level: 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 6015
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course provides students the opportunity to conduct an organizational assessment focused on aspects of sustainability within an urban university. The course comprises three major emphases: 1) a review of “sustainable universities” in theory and practice, gained through relevant readings; 2) a study of the organizational assessment and diagnosis process; 3) a collaborative course project to understand the current state of sustainability practices at The New School University (using the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability (AASHE) STARS rating tool). Students will focus on an element of the rating (e.g., operations, engagement, academics and planning & administration), possibly as part of a small team (depending in part on class size); will define the current state of specific initiatives within one of these broad areas of the rating; and—drawing upon the review of the “Sustainable Universities” literature and the application of the organizational assessment process—will provide recommendations to advance the universities goals.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Fulfills the EPSM Strategic Change Requirement


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Environ Policy & Sustain Mgmt students.