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An Integrated Approach to Environmental Challenges

The study of the environment is inherently interdisciplinary. Mitigating our environmental ills and avoiding further harm to the environment cannot be achieved by any single discipline acting alone. Securing the future of Earth’s diverse life forms and the ecosystems in which they are interdependent relies upon the thoughtful integration of society’s various areas of knowledge, supported by an ethical framework.  
Pace University is uniquely positioned to approach environmental issues in a truly interdisciplinary fashion. As such, Pace Academy engages expertise across the departments within the University’s Schools and College, to advance the understanding of the mutually enhancing relationship between nature and society. Through its programs, Pace Academy fosters curricular, scholarly, policy, and experiential, practice-based opportunities for our students, faculty, and broader community. 


Pace University’s Environmental History: A Robust and Long-Standing Commitment to the Environment
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies renews and deepens the University’s long-standing commitment to environmental research, scholarship and service. 
Beginning in 1963, with the opening of the University’s Pleasantville Campus and later the creation of Dyson College's Environmental Center in 1971, Pace University began to build upon the legacy left by the Dr. Robert Choate family. The Choate family and its descendants resided for a century on the property that is now the Pleasantville Campus and they did so in a manner wholly wedded to and dependent upon the property’s natural resources. 
The University’s commitment to environmental protection assumed an exciting new direction when, in the early 1980’s, the University’s School of Law began its environmental law program, which is internationally respected and has expanded to include Master of Law and Doctor of Juridical Science programs.
Pace Academy for Environmental Studies, builds upon its predecessor, the Pace Academy for the Environment created in 2002.  Through its work, the Pace Academy has become known for its regional leadership by spearheading the formation of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities (a 60+ member collaboration) and launched the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries (focusing on applied technological innovation). 
The current breadth and depth of Pace University’s environmental programming is evidenced by the our globally recognized undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs augmented by related curricular, co-curricular, experiential, and service programs centered on the environment. The Pace Environmental Gateway  was created by Pace Academy as an online clearinghouse and integrated network of all the environmental offerings across the University and is a testament to our commitment.