Celebrate Earth Week with The New School

Earth Day 2021 is just around the corner, and this week — Earth Week 2021 — The New School has an exciting lineup of virtual events focused on the changing climate, environmental justice, and more. In addition to these events, we’ve also gathered resources from our community to help kick off the week.

We hope you use the information below as a starting point to understanding and bettering the world around us, not just during Earth Week, but throughout the year.


The Tishman Center serves as a nexus between academia and the environmental and social justice grassroots movements, with a specific focus on underserved communities. To learn more about their research, click here.

Members of The New School’s Urban Systems Lab recently published a new book called Resilient Urban Futures. The volume includes several chapters co-authored by New School faculty Daniel Sauter, Associate Professor of Data Visualization, Timon McPhearson, Associate Professor of Urban Ecology & Director of the Urban Systems Lab, as well as USL Postdoctoral Fellows Luis Ortiz, Ahmed Mustafa, and Claudia Tomateo. The book is available as a free download this week. Click here to learn more.

Urban Systems Lab’s work can be placed within eight converging fields: Big Data & Artificial Intelligence, Community Engagement, Data Visualization & Design, Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice & Equity, Nature-Based Solutions, Urban Policy & Planning, and Urban Climate Resilience. To learn more about their work, click here.

David Bond, PhD Anthropology ’13, now Associate Director at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College, has been conducting important research surrounding the U.S. military’s involvement in introducing toxic chemicals to communities across the nation. Read his latest report, “The US military is poisoning communities across the US with toxic chemicals,” recently published in The Guardian.

The Parsons Healthy Materials Lab podcast Trace Material explores the convergence of our lives and the lives of the materials that surround us. Their first season focused on the “miracle plant” that is Hemp, while their upcoming second season will focus on plastic (listen to the Season Two trailer here). To learn more about or subscribe to Trace Material, click here.

Last year, we rounded up recommendations from students, faculty, and staff across the university for books focused on the environment and sustainability. These books are still relevant today. Click here for our list of Earth Week reading recommendations.


Curriculum of the Anthropocene

The Human Impact of Climate Change: Mental Health, Mobility and Our Changing Planet

Earth Week 2021 Keynote with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Dr. Mia Charlene White

Nourishing Communities of Life: Indigenous Resurgence beyond Syndemic Violence & Earth Crisis

The World We Need Book Launch

At The New School, our buildings department has numerous sustainable initiatives that addressing climate change in a variety of ways. To learn more about these initiatives, click here.

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