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  • Paola Garcia

    Part-time Lecturer


    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Paola Garcia


    Paola Garcia is born and raised in NYC, with roots in Argentina.

    She is an Earthship Builder, Urban Farmer, Biophilic Designer, Educator, Researcher and Accredited Green Roof Professional.

    Her experiences range from building passive-solar homes and establishing food gardens, to creating projects and curriculums around biotecture, food- sovereignty and self-sufficiency.  Recognizing the urgent need to adapt design to climate change and bridge the urban and ecological spheres, Paola focuses heavily on community-involved initiatives that promote resiliency & enhance relations between humans, nature and the built-environment.

    Prior to delving deep into the world of sustainability, Paola spent many years honing her craft as a Simultaneous Interpreter, Language Instructor and Youth Worker.  She brings insight and experiences that range from Interpreting at the United Nations to youth work with the Mashpee Wampanoag Native Tribal Youth Council. She was also a Co-Director of a Flagship Language Center for Berlitz in Boston, where she started teaching a couple of semesters of Spanish at the Harvard Business School.

    Overall, Paola is passionate about work that raises consciousness, sparks critical thinking & is rooted in truth and wellness.


    Degrees Held

    2014: Masters: M.S. in Urban Policy Analysis & Management from The New School

    2000: BDIC: Bachelor's Degree In Individual Concentration: B.S. in Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations from UMASS, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


    Professional Affiliation

    -Green Roof For Healthy Cities

    -Urban Green Council

    -Earthship Biotecture


    Research Interests

    Sustainability, Built-Environments, Biotecture, Green Infrastructure, Biophilic Design, Biomimicry, Indigenous Perspectives and Wisdom, AgroEcology, PhytoRemediation, Food Systems, Food Justice, Food Security, Food Sovereignty, Food Policy, Urban Agriculture, Edible Landscapes, Urban Planning, GIS, Stormwater Mitigation, Climate Change, Citizen Science, Resource Efficiency, Culture, Languages, Wellness, Naturpathy, Holistic Healing, Critical Thinking, Neurology, Metaphysics, Quantitative Methods, Hip Hop, Race, Social and Environmental Justice, Activism, Science, Math, Arts, Fashion, Music, Film, Unbiased History, Gender Mainstreaming, Water, Solar Power, Elements, Ecology, Waste, Chemistry, Physics, BioDiversity, Architecture, Design, Green Building, Eco Architecture, Stewardship, Pedagogy, MultiLingual Curriculums, Educational Reform, Etymology, Experiential Learning, NYC, Geography, Equity, Humans 

    Awards And Honors

    2018: Received the President's Award for Green Roofs & Green Walls at the Awards of Excellence Luncheon during the Cities Alive Conference    (Issued by Green Roofs For Healthy Cities)

    2018: Received two Certificates of Completion from NY Botanical Gardens, Bronx Green Up: "Soil is Alive" and "Grow Your Own Organic Veggies"

    2015: Received a Certificate of Completion: Earthship Global Academy in Patagonia; Helped build an eco-hostel in El Bolson, Argentina.

    2014: Received a partial scholarship & Certificate of Completion: Internship at Earthship Biotecture HQ in Taos, New Mexico; Helped build a home.

    2014-2012: The New School Merit Scholarship Towards Graduate Program (40%)

    2013: Semi-Finalist of Reinvent Payphones Design Nationwide Challenge hosted by the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications. (Placed 11th as part of a New School project)

    2006: Received a Certificate of Completion: Court Interpreting Course at Agnese Haury at the University of Arizona


    Current Courses

    Sustainable Systems (Spring 2020)

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