experts available for comment on the paris accords

Professors from The New School Are Available to Speak About the Paris Accords, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice Issues

Michelle DePass, Director of The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center

NEW YORK, June 5, 2017 — Faculty members at The New School, a progressive New York City university with programs in environmental studies, politics, policy, and international affairs, are available for comment on the United States' decision to pull out of the Paris Accords.

Faculty members can speak on a range of issues, including the implications of pulling out of the Paris Accords, the effect on worldwide climate change, the economy, and the history of the decision.

The following faculty members are available for interviews:

  • Michelle Depass, Director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management, served as an Environmental Protection Agency administrator and as program officer at the Ford Foundation, with a portfolio focused on the environment and community development. DePass was part of the official delegation to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in 2009 under Obama.

Area of Expertise: Environmental policy under the Trump administration, History behind environmental issues

  • Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program, Associate Director for the Tishman Environment & Design Center

Area of Expertise: Environmental justice implications

  • Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design

Area of Expertise: Environmental implications for the design industry, Effects of climate change in the design industry

  • Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice at the New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management & Urban Policy

Area of Expertise: Racial justice, Environmental justice

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