Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies




On Climate Science and Coverage:
What Three Decades Have Taught Us

Join us on Monday, March 30th at Pace's Downtown Campus for a climate-insider double headliner: “On Climate Science and Coverage – What three decades have taught us.”

Michael Oppenheimer, a veteran climate scientist, and Andrew Revkin, a longtime climate journalist, take questions from each other and the audience, exploring their learning curves, frustrations and hopes as each confronts his fourth decade working on this epic issue. 

5:00pm - 6:30pm in Lecture Hall North. The event is free and open to the public, so RSVP to save your seat.

Cannot be in NYC? Watch the webcast and tweet us at #ClimateSciPress

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Meet the Spring 2015 Environmental Policy Clinicians

The Clinic, taught by Pace Academy faculty, trains undergraduate students as practitioners through a program of learning and service that is rigorous and fun, emphasizes 21st century tools, and involves them in external affairs. Meet our 2015 clinicians and follow their work at

Toxic Remnants of War Project Blog Posts Report by Faculty Scholar

Dr. Matthew Bolton (Political Science) has published a breif report in the Toxic Remnants of War blog as part of his research as a 2014-2015 Pace Academy Faculty Scholar.

"In this article we show how the threat to civilians by landmines and other explosive remnants of war – once seen as one dimension of the humanitarian and environmental impact of conflict – became isolated from environmentalism in the 1980s through early 2000s."


Mastering the Art of Environmental Policy

Once again Pace University takes the reigns of environmental leadership. Four years in the making, Pace's Masters in Environmental Policy is now enrolling for Fall 2015.  Pace Academy director Michelle Land headed up the planning and design of this exciting addition to Pace’s already impressive suite of environmental academics and training.

Housed within Dyson College of Arts and Sciences' new Environmental Studies and Science Department, the 45 credit MA will train degree candidates in what it takes to be an environmental policy leader. "Environmental affairs shape world affairs. To effectively engage, one requires skills in law, politics, business, science, economics, advocacy and more," said Michelle Land. "From theory to practice, Pace faculty provide the interdisciplinary training ground that will transform degree candidates into recognized policy professionals. Pace Academy spearheaded the research, development and design of the MEP because of our university-wide reach across all Pace's schools and colleges. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Dyson's Environmental Studies and Science department to welcome a new and exciting generation of graduate students."

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Michelle Land Receives Jefferson Award Bronze Medal

“A tireless advocate for universities to mobilize their resources in service to the environment.” Pace Academy Director Michelle Land was recognized at Pace’s Annual Employee Recognition Ceremonies with the Jefferson Award Bronze Medal for Public Service.

Professor Land was nominated for her dedication to the environment and pedagogy, particularly her mentorship of Pace Academy’s Student Clinicians in research, legislative drafting and advocacy in areas of animal welfare and wildlife conservation. 

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When Will Climate Change Become Dangerous?

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Princeton University scientist and IPCC lead author, Dr. Michael Oppenheimer delivered his climate assessment: The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report: When Will Climate Change Become Dangerous. Dr. Oppenheimer is Pace Academy's 2014-2015 Visting Fellow.

View the video and slides.


Generation Energy Campaign

Pace Academy’s Gen En Campaign is about the pillars of our energy future.  Launched by the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, it will spend the year examining energy as we know it today — and how to make our lives simpler, our travels swifter, and our technology smarter.


Village of Ossining Adopts Energy Policy Authored by Pace University Students

The new Environmental Policy Clinic at Pace University, run by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, celebrated its first victory when the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an energy resiliency policy authored by clinic students.  Read more.


Join the conversation on EarthDesk, a blog launched by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Examine and discuss environmental issues, innovations and opportunities from the perspective of a university’s unique role in society: as a hub for critical thinking, a laboratory for testing ways to advance human progress, and an intellectual resource dedicated to nature and community. Read it, comment, follow it, like it, share it!

Pace Students March 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.

Important Dates

Environmental Consortium 10th Annual Student Summit at Pace NYC

Students, save the date! The Environmental Consortium’s Student Summit will present successful case studies on campus sustainability projects, including regionally sourcing food; hydration stations and banning bottled water; transportation; and effectively communicating.  Details of the event will be announced.

The Student Summit is FREE and open to all higher education students in the region. Join us and learn more about how you can make a difference on your campus. If you are a student and not currently on our email list, subscribe to receive the latest developments, as well as other regional opportunities.

Pace Academy formed the Consortium in 2004, and serves as the Consortium's headquarters.


Mock Legislative Hearing: Reforming the Energy Vision

On April 24, 2015, Pace Academy will host its 3rd annual Mock Legislative Hearing in a special partnership with the Pace Energy and Climate Center.

This year, undergraduate students will examine in depth the energy future of New York State -- which has implications on climate change, security and resiliency not only for New Yorkers but the nation, and at every societal level: policy, business, technology, health, education. The Hearing will be hosted at Pace Law School's Moot Court Room.




The Faculty Scholars Program promotes the application of scholarship and research to pedagogy, service, and policy to advance a mutually enhancing relationship between humans and nature.


Pace University is the founding institution and host of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities. Pace Academy serves as the Consortium's headquarters and secretariat.  There are over 55 member institutions in the Consortium.


Looking for a compelling documentary or film to complement your course curriculum? Don't have time to hassle with orders and funding? Look no further! Pace Academy's growing library of DVDs and videos is available to Pace faculty.


The Pace University Environmental Gateway is a University-wide resource which provides information and links to Pace's environmental degrees, courses, publications, institutes, international programs and student-focused opportunities.


Pace Academy is the lead coordinator of Pace's university-wide sustainability committee, GreenPace. Established by the Office of the Provost in 2008, the committee consists of diverse representatives of the Pace community, including faculty, associate deans, students, alumni, senior administration, service and facility managers, and meets twice a semester to discuss and recommend goals, priorities, and sustainability projects.


Pace Academy underwrites the University’s annual membership to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).

Pace University is a member of AASHE - the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and a subscriber to its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS).   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.

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making.

NCSE specializes in programs that foster collaboration between the diverse institutions and individuals creating and using environmental knowledge, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations as well as governmental bodies at all levels.