Learning about and engaging with the environment involves the integration of many disciplines and combines the classroom experience with work in the field, fusing theory and practice. At The New School the nucleus of this engagement is the Tishman Environment and Design Center. It is a place for students and faculty from all colleges and schools to gather, interact, and explore shared experiences. It facilitates research, curriculum development, internships, and fieldwork opportunities. It stimulates critical thinking and builds relationships through lectures, public programs, workshops, and conferences.
The center is exactly that, a center of creative work and experience that allows students and faculty to explore the curriculum, share and interact on projects, and research and work with the community at large to explore opportunities for collaboration.
Our environment is the larger New York metropolitan area. There are many opportunities to work with towns, cities, states, non-governmental groups, corporations, other universities, and other organizations. Through the Tishman Environment and Design Center, we hope to connect students and faculty to this broader coalition to enhance learning, civic engagement, and research.
The Tishman Environment and Design Center is excited to announce an event happening tonight!
Examining How Urban Built Environments Affect Health & Health Disparities in New York City
A Lecture by Gina Schellenbaum Lovasi, PhD
April 23, 2012, 6:00pm
2 West 13th Street, Orientation Room, 1st Floor
Dr Lovasi discusses how intersections between the social and built environments in New York City influence health outcomes, and how these intersections can help us understand health disparities across the urban landscape. Using insights from bioethics and epidemiology, the talk explores the roles of agency and participatory processes in urban health.
Gina Lovasi is an assistant professor in Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research examines the effects of how modifiable built and social environments influence cardiovascular and pulmonary health, as well as differences in these effects across population subgroups.
This event is free to the general public!
A Greener Apple Photo Contest—Call for Submissions
You are invited to participate in Greening the Apple’s first photography contest. The topic is, “What does sustainability look like in New York City?” Pick your best work, submit your photos easily online, and have a chance at some exposure and recognition on our blog. Photography is story-telling. Share your stories with the rest of us. Your deadline is midnight, August 12, 2011 (EST).
You might ask, “What is sustainability?” For our purposes here, sustainability incorporates strategies, events, and procedures that meet society’s present needs without compromising the needs for future generations. Sustainable development can be facilitated by policies that integrate environmental, economic, and social values in decision making. This topic is meant to be broad—a way to link your life and what you see to your own definition of sustainability. In other words, how do you see New York City’s connection to the environment?
Who is eligible to enter?
Any citizen from any country, as long as you are 18. If you’re under 18, have a parent or guardian submit your work for you. EPA employees who are not on the contest selection committee are encouraged to submit photo entries. Please read photo submission guidelines for theme requirements listed below.
When can I enter?
You can submit photos any time between now and August 12th, 2011 at midnight EST.
How do I enter?
Entering is easy. The contest runs through Flickr.com, a photo-sharing Web site. If you don’t have an account, signing up is free, simple and fast. Only Flickr.com members will be permitted to submit photos.
Follow these steps:
1. Choose your best work
2. Create a Flickr account if you don’t have one (see http://www.flickr.com/ and click on “Sign up now”)
3. Upload your photos to your account
a. In your photo’s description:
i. Share where the photo was taken
ii. Give a short (15 words or less) description of the photo to help us understand the context
4. Join “A Greener Apple’s” group(http://www.flickr.com/groups/agreenerapple/) Once on the page, click “add photos”
5. Select your photos from your photo stream and click “add to group” on the right hand side of your screen
6. Your photos will become a part of the Group Pool
7. Photos can be any size, as Flickr will resize them automatically (see http://www.flickr.com/help/photos/)
8. Tag your photos “A Greener Apple” so people can easily find them.
What Can I Enter?
This contest’s theme is, “What does sustainability look like in New York City?” Do your best to show the judges your connection to this theme, as it is described at the top of these instructions. Your photos can be of people, buildings, wildlife, issues, bodies of water, events, issues, etc. Be sure that your submission is consistent with our guidelines listed below. EPA reserves the right to remove photo submissions that are not consistent with these guidelines.
Contest entrants may ….
Contest entrants may NOT ….
The selection committee will review the submitted photos and pick a winning photo based upon the photo’s ability to creatively showcase the theme described at the top of these instructions. The winner will be announced in late August.
Do I need a Flickr account to participate?
You will need a Flickr account to submit photos for “A Greener Apple” photo contest. Creating an account is easy and free (see http://www.flickr.com/ click “Sign Up Now”). You do not need an account to browse the entries.
Please join us:
Date: June 21, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: The New School 65 West 11th Street Wollman Hall (5th Fl.) New York, NY 10011
Moderator: Marielle Anzelone, Conservation Biologist & Executive Director, NYC Wildflower Week
Panelists: – The following are invited to participate – Marcia Bystryn, Executive Director, New York League of Conservation Voters; Chris Garvin, Partner, Terrapin Bright Green & Senior Associate, Cook+Fox Architects; P. Timon McPhearson, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School; Samara Swanston, Pratt Institute Graduate School of Urban Planning and Hunter College Graduate School for Urban Affairs and Urban Planning
Biodiversity in Our Cities – The Case for Urban Nature:
Did you know that there is nature in New York City? The five boroughs are rich with forests, marshes, and meadows – more nature than any other city in North America. Yet these natural resources are threatened by habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation - the same factors that threaten biodiversity everywhere. In fact, about one-third of the native flora and fauna in the United States faces extinction. In our urbanized world, the idea of cities as “concrete jungles” is inaccurate and only further alienates people from the natural world. Conserving and maintaining the ecosystems on which cities depend is essential to the health, wellbeing, and quality of life of their citizens.
This panel will discuss the status of urban ecology in regional policies and national trends and especially the newly revised PlaNYC which mentions biodiversity and natural systems for the first time. The panel will examine how cities can develop comprehensive, collaborative, and proactive strategies for biodiversity conservation, management and restoration through government policies, public education, grassroots initiatives, business strategies and living systems design.
The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) is a New-York-based forum for professionals working with corporate responsibility and sustainability issues to build community based on learning, discussion, information and idea exchange. There are over one thousand members on our list-serve, representing practitioners from industry, academia, government and NGO’s. For more information please visit: www.sustainabilitypractice.net