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: Yes
  • Urban Studies
  • Urban Environment
  • Sustainability
This course provides students the opportunity to conduct change-centered research projects focused on aspects of urban sustainability. The course comprises three major emphases: 1) a review of “sustainable cities” in theory and practice, gained through relevant readings; 2) a study of the nature of change and of successful techniques to achieve significant changes in policies, practice, and values/behaviors; 3) a collaborative course project to develop change strategies to advance New York City’s PlaNYC. Each student will focus on an element of the plan (e.g., food, energy, water, waste, climate change resiliency, buildings, economic opportunity), possibly as part of a small team (depending in part on class size); will identify potential implementation weaknesses of specific initiatives within one of these broad areas of the plan; and--drawing upon the review of the “Sustainable Cities” literature and the application of change concepts--will devise a strategy to achieve PlaNYC goals.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Environ Policy & Sustain Mgmt students.