Pace University Environmental Gateway

Welcome to the Pace University Environmental Gateway, a University-wide resource that is your gateway to the diverse environmental offerings throughout Pace's schools and campuses. This website provides information and links to Pace University's environmental degrees, courses, publications, institutes, international programs and student-focused opportunities.

Pace University Environmental Gateway is maintained by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

News, Events & Announcements



Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship

Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies recently co-sponsored the 2014 Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences conference at Pace University NYC. Details at



Pace Students Travel to Brazil to Create Latest Documentary Film

Through onsite research, interviews, and filming, the Producing the Documentary class, taught by Professor Maria Luskay, EdD, and accompanied by New York Times DotEarth blogger Andrew Revkin, developed a documentary that explores how citizens, officials, and companies are working to ensure that the impending burst of tourism accompanying the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics and the frenzy of construction preceding it leaves a positive social and environmental impact on Brazil.  Read more.


Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies' 2nd Annual Mock Hearing debates the future of the NY dairy industry


"Who Owns the Waterfront" brings together the Pace University and downtown NYC communities


Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies launches the FoodYou Campaign

Pace Academy’s FoodYou Campaign is about the way that our choices, as individuals and as a society, intersect with the environment.  During this 2013-2014 awareness initiative, we will examine some of the many pieces that are set in motion by what we put on our plates. Through events and partnerships, the campaign will broaden the Pace community’s understanding of our global food system.

Jason J. Czarnezki joins Pace Law School as as the Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law

Pace Law School will enhance its world-class environmental law program with the appointment of Professor Jason J. Czarnezki, an internationally recognized scholar in environmental and natural resources law and policy. Professor Czarnezki comes from Vermont Law School. He is currently the Chair of the Section on Natural Resources Law of the Association of American Law Schools. For more information, see the Pace Law press release.


PHE in Tanzania & International Peace Parks
Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies – with others – has launched its first documentary film. It is a wonderful exposition and application of comparative law techniques (learned at Pace) examining how transboundary “peace parks” work in this troubled region of Africa. Pace Law School J.D. and LL.M. alumna, Elaine Hsiao, was a Fulbright Scholar in Uganda, at Makerere University. She prepared this documentary at the end of her Fulbright, and was screened at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.. 


*Pace Energy and Climate Center calls for NYS to require plans to address impact of man-made climate change
As reported in the "Albany Times-Union," the Pace Energy and Climate Center is among the public interest groups that has called for public utilities to be required to prepare plans to protect systems from dangers posed by man-made climate change. Read full article.

Pace Environmental Leaders Featured as Top Leaders in Westchester Magazine
Three of Westchester Magazine’s top 8 leaders in Westchester County are from Pace. “The Riverkeeper” John Cronin, “The Eco-advocate” Nick Robinson and “The Cyber-Security ‘Type’ ” Logan Romm were all featured with interviews and photos among the top 8 in a recent article in the magazine.  Read more.

World’s Oldest International Conservation Organization Confers Highest Honor to Pace Professor
Pace Law School Professor Nicholas Robinson was awarded the highest honor by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. Read more.

Professor David Cassuto honored at World Congress on Bioethics and Animal Rights
The World Congress on Bioethics and Animal Rights recognized Professor David Cassuto recently for his work in the advancement of animal rights. Prof. Cassuto, along with Professors David Favre and Steven Wise, received the title of Lifetime Member of the Abolitionist Institute for Animals (IAA) at the Congress held in Reclife, Brazil. Read more.

Green Tweet
Seidenberg Professor Catherine Dwyer examines if Twitter can truly be the tipping point for climate change.   Dwyer is a member of Special Interest Group on Green Information Systems (SIGGreen). The group, which brings together a wide variety of Green IS professionals and researchers, uses technology to facilitate transglobal collaboration and research. Read more.

The Elephant in the Room
Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy, discusses why using wild and exotic animals for entertainment is a cruel relic of a less enlightened society and why entertainment trends should instead focus on human skill and artistry. Read more.

Prof. Dan Estrin, supervising attorney for the Environmental Litigation Clinic, comments on court-ordered PCB clean-up

Though it has taken years of legal wrangling, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Hudson Riverkeeper and the Atlantic Richfield Co. reached an agreement on the removal of PCB-contaminated soil from the site of an factory along the Hudson River.

Students enrolled in Pace Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic represented Riverkeeper in this significant case that details the removal of the cancer-causing industrial chemical. Read more.

Pace Students Create Environmental Program Video

Students in Professor Maria Luskay's Media Production 2 class learned while providing service to the University by producing a short promotional video for Pace's Master in Environmental Science program.


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Environmental Science Graduate Student Studies Household Chemicals Affects After Entering Water Supply

Teatown Lake Reservation is currently hosting graduate student, Matthew Bronley, for a research project. Matthew is pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Sciences at Pace. For his Master’s thesis, he is studying how a class of household chemicals called PCPPs (Personal Care Products and Pharmaceuticals) enters our water supply and affects plant and animal species. Read more.

NaturesPace: Species of the Pleasantville Campus

We are exceptionally fortunate to have a Pleasantville campus that is rich in both plant and animal diversity. However it is likely that only few of us can identify more than a small number of the different species that populate the campus or explain aspects of their biology and natural history. The NaturesPace project features QR codes around campus to link users of mobile-devices to species information, creative work, and much more! Join the conversation, share what you see on Twitter @naturespace2012

EarthDesk Blog

Do you believe water pollution is illegal? Cage-free hens are contented animals? Climate change is threatening the U.S. with more hurricanes? Says who? Based on what? Join the conversation on EarthDesk, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies' new blog.

Birds of a Feather
You may have caught a flying demonstration or spied a silhouette on a rooftop, but the relationship Pace shares with its birds of prey goes way beyond that. Read more about Pace's master falconer, James Eyring, and the Environmental Center in Pleasantville.

Pace Students Walk a Mile to Raise Money for Clean Water in Tanzania

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, one hundred twenty Pace University students marched a mile with buckets of water on their heads to reenact the grueling task thousands in the developing world endure each day to provide water for their families. But the students’ burdens were eased knowing $5,000 would be donated to Engineers Without Borders, Northern New Jersey Professional Chapter, to create a community water well in Islanjandugu, Tanzania.   Read press release.  Learn more about the water walk.

Weekly Radio Commentary from Energy and Climate Center's Executive Director

Franz Litz’s regular weekly radio commentaries for Northeast Public Radio are archived on the radio's website. Franz Litz is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center and Professor of Law at Pace Law School. WAMC/Northeast Public Radio is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states, with studios and offices in Albany, NY. Tune in or check in to the page to read and learn more.

Animal Rights Blawg
The Animal Rights Blawg focuses on animal law, ethics and policy.  It provides a forum for community and collegiality as well as debate and the exchange of ideas.  It was founded by Pace Law professors  David N. Cassuto and Luis E. Chiesa, along with law student, Suzanne McMillan

Follow Pace Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding on his ‘Dot Earth’ Blog
Andrew Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace Academy, and Dot Earth blogger for The New York Times, is one of the most influential and respected reporters on the environment.  He is the first two-time recipient of the  National Academies Communication Award.

GreenLaw is the weblog of Pace University School of Law’s top-ranked environmental law program and aims to provide information, context, and commentary on current events and developments in the field of environmental law. Authored by professors and scholars with specialized expertise in the various aspects of environmental law, GreenLaw covers a broad array of topics – ranging widely from energy usage, sustainability, environmental degradation, climate change, and water shortages to protection mechanisms, targeted initiatives, and new legal developments.

Dr. Melissa Grigione In the Field
Dr. Grigione, Director of the Environmental Science Masters Program for Dyson College received a Federal grant to study bison on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Watch here as she finds the herd.

Pace Sustainability Committee

GreenPace comprises programs and projects stemming from Pace's Sustainability Committee. Initiatives span across campuses and schools. Faculty, staff, and administrators are collectively working to green Pace.

Pace is Headquarters for the Environmental Consortium

Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies
spearheaded the formation of the Environmental Consortium in 2004, and continues to serve as its headquarters. Directed by Michelle Land, the Consortium's mission is to harness higher education’s intellectual and physical resources to advance regional, ecosystem-based environmental research, teaching, and learning with a special emphasis on the greater Hudson-Mohawk River watershed.

Pace Membership to AASHE

Pace University is a member of AASHE - the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

All members of the Pace community are encouraged to establish an individual account and subscribe to the AASHE Bulletin, a free weekly e-newsletter with latest news, resources, opportunities, and events related to campus sustainability.