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Going Green at TC – Reflections on a Year as Go Green Senator

The last time I ran for office was back in high school. I lost. In the intervening 12 years since then, I never felt that I had missed out on something by not getting elected. I never thought I would run for student government (or any other office for that matter) again. In the fall of 2016, however, when I started classes at TC, I heard about the Go Green Senator position on the Student Senate. Suddenly, I felt there was a role for me in student government, tailor made for my interest in environmental sustainability. I jumped at the chance and, thanks to my peers, was chosen to serve the student body as the Go Green Senator for the 2016-2017 school year.

Sorting Through Our Garbage: TC’s First Waste Audit

It is a common sight in Grace Dodge dining hall. A well-meaning person has finished eating and now stands bewildered by the waste receptacles, wondering where to place the items he has just finished using. Is the pizza box recycling or compost? Can the salad container be recycled even if it still has some salad in it? What about napkins? Where do they go? Despite the signage above the bins, it is still difficult to get it right all the time, especially when in a rush to get to class. Many times, everything ends up in the landfill bin.

Environmental and Sustainability Education Partnerships in NYC Public Schools

In partnership with the Department of Education’s Sustainability Initiative, a research team, led by Professor Oren Pizmony-Levy and Rosa Fernández (M.A. student) from the International and Comparative Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, is exploring issues of access to Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) in NYC public schools. 

Environmental & Sustainability Education for All Fellowship 2017/2018: Call for Applications

The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $10,000 per academic year for Teachers College students to work with disadvantaged inner-city youth. In AY 2017/2018, the Teachers College Working Group on Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) will offer one fellowship to enhance ESE in schools serving marginalized populations.

Environmental Politics and Urban Citizenship

This paper studies civic participation in processes of sustainable urban development in relation to theories of ecological and urban citizenship. Previous works on ecological citizenship address either a transnational form of ecological citizenship or an ecological citizenship based on the state. This paper seeks to ascertain what a theory of ecological citizenship in cities might imply.

Sustainable Futures - Civic Art Lab

Our evening symposium explores sustainable futures through a series of short workshops and talks given by visual artists, architects, and a sustainability consultant. What does a sustainable future look like? In NYC? Around the world? As populations grow, sea levels rise, and food systems are modified, what roles will sustainability and design play? In envisioning what a sustainable future is, it’s possible to imagine successful, as well as dystopian, outcomes. Thinking creatively about these outcomes––drawing from our summer Civic Art Lab workshop "Critical Fictions: Dystopian and Utopian Narratives of the City" by architect Marcus Wilford––we invite participants to share their ideas about sustainable futures.

Sustainability in the Schools: It Starts with Cleaning Up the Data

Four TC students and their professor are helping New York City evaluate a pioneering environmental program

Since 2009, New York City has been the only major municipality in the country to require each of its public schools to appoint a sustainability coordinator – part of the city’s broader sustainability plan to send zero waste to landfills by the year 2030. In a city of 1.1 million students and more than 1,700 public schools “that gives you a huge team of change agents who potentially can work miracles across the five boroughs,” says Teachers College’s Oren Pizmony-Levy, Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education.

Time to Reconnect: Spirit-Mind-Body Practices May Help Reignite Love of Nature

“NO WAR NO WARMING,” large black and red letters proclaimed, floating overhead on a billowing, fabric banner. Underneath the words, a brown hand and a tan hand grasped each other, symbolizing the collective unity of all races, ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds in the fight against climate change.