About Us

What is the role of schools of education in the face of global environmental challenges?

The Teachers College Initiative for Sustainability Futures (formerly the Teachers College Working Group on Environmental and Sustainability Education) aims to address this question through research, professional development, and public engagement. Launched in 2015, with support from the Provost’s Investment Fund, the Initiative for Sustainability Futures serves as a social infrastructure that connects community members - faculty, students, and staff from across the College who are interested in sustainability - and bind them together. We champion people’s right to have access to Environmental and Sustainability Education, an interdisciplinary pedagogical movement that examines the interactions between environmental, social, health, and economic issues that together promote the long-term health of complex living systems.


Our Team


Addressing global sustainability challenges, such as climate change, requires 'all-hands-on-deck’ approach. Our governance and leadership structure ensure that we engage different stakeholders within and outside Teachers College.


Executive Committee

Associate Director 
Associate Director 


Strategist for Regenerative Earth Practices
Research Associate and Center Coordinator
Research Associate & Web Developer
Research Associate
Shreya Sanjeev
Research Associate

Faculty Affiliates

Faculty Affiliates include Teachers College professors who already engage with sustainability or who are committed to promote the issue through research, teaching, and service. We invite faculty members to apply for an Affiliate status for two years.

Sustainability Liaisons

Sustainability Liaisons include Teachers College community members who are committed to promote the sustainability in their respective unit.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Claire Sisiski 

OreOluwa Badaki 


Visiting Scholar(s)

Dafna Gan (2021/2023)

Leire Agirreazkuenaga (Spring 2020)

Thabile Zondi (Spring 2020)

Mustafa Öztürk (2016/2017)

Current and past Zankel Fellow(s)

2023-2024 Zankel Fellow
2023-2024 Zankel Fellow
2023-2024 Zankel Fellow
2023-2024 Zankel Fellow
2023-2024 Zankel Fellow
2023-2024 Zankel Fellow

Mariana Caselatto, Zankel Fellow, 2020/2021

Lauren Decunto Zankel Fellow, 2022/2023

Lyndsay Gehring, Zankel Fellow, 2021/2022

Michael Gruenling, Zankel Fellow, 2019/2020

Lamar Holmes, Zankel Fellow, 2020/2021

Maria Huertas-Trujill, Zankel Fellow 2022/2023

Sebastian Jindra-Cotilla, Zankel Fellow, 2021/2022

Andrea Kennedy, Zankel Fellow, 2020/2021

Erika Kessler, Zankel Fellow, 2017/2018, 2021/2022

Sarah Lewis, Zankel Fellow, 2022/2023

Mac Mann-Wood, Zankel Fellow, 2022/2023

Melissa Mitchem, Zankel Fellow, 2018/2019

Sabrina Ian Lok Song, Zankel Fellow, 2020/2021

Christina Torres,  Zankel Fellow, 2020/2021,2021/2022

Raquel Vigil, Zankel Fellow, 2018/2019

Natalie Wright, Zankel Fellow, 2022/2023

Xin Rong Yeo, Zankel Fellow, 2021-2022, 2022-2023

Doctoral students conducting sustainability-related research

Ivan Asin

Gareth Alexis Brinkworth

Josef Donnelly

Rashawn Khamari Merchant

Darren Rabinowitz

Shreya Sanjeev

Christina Torres

Rory Varrato

Our Alumni

Mariana Casellato

Isabel Correa

Alexandra Da Dalt

Yijin Du

Rosa Fernández

Lyndsay Gehring

Victoria Hamilton

Ye Huang

Jorge Jimenez

Erika Kessler

Jessica Michel Ostrow

Samantha Rachmil

Raksha Vasudevan

Carine Verschueren

Qinzhe Zhang


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