Programs and Projects

Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies encourages and fosters research and scholarship aimed at advancing policies and practices for a just and sustainable environment. By applying practical knowledge to the implementation of environmental policy, Pace Academy will engage in the most pressing issues of our time. 

The gulf between policy makers and innovators in science and technology is, despite increasing attention to these matters, still profound. New and critical thinking are needed to address the unachieved policy goals set out in longstanding environmental statutes as well as gaps in environmental policymaking. Contemporary challenges relating to the environment need clarification beyond political debate, which obscures the work of seminal thinkers and scholars. A university has an obligation to serve the community as an unbiased source of knowledge and an unambiguous voice for the public good. It is the aim of Pace Academy to advance the University’s historical commitment to these principles through a faculty program of applied research and scholarship. 
 
Pace Academy's currently proposed areas of research foci include:

  Climate Change

  Water

  Animal Advocacy

 
Climate Change is a pervasive phenomenon. The Earth's carbon cycle has been altered. The Industrial Revolution alone added so much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere that it would take 1,000 years for natural systems to reabsorb it. This legacy already is affecting life across all regions, with sea levels rising a meter this century, intense local storms exacerbating flooding, and droughts becoming pervasive in drier areas. Just as the weather affects us all, every aspect of academic study is challenged by the effects of climate change. Water is the fundamental requirement for all life on Earth, the fuel that runs the engine of society. More than petroleum, more than lumber, more than land itself, water is the exhaustible resource that limits, or fosters, everything from essential habitat to economic growth to national security and international stability. Yet local and global water policies are failing nature and civilization.
 
The Pace Academy will work across all the disciplines in the University to research and design efficient and effective ways to adapt to climate change, as well as to eliminate new greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate worsening trends. This analysis will be local, in the Hudson Valley and New York City region, as well as national and global. International collaboration will proceed through Pace University's many programs with universities in Brazil; with China, aided by the Confucius Institute at Pace University; and with the UN through the Pace Energy and Climate Center. Research on climate change by Pace faculty members and students will inform teaching and learning in courses across the University and throughout our global community.
 
 
 
Water is the fundamental requirement for all life on Earth; water is the fuel that runs the engine of society.  More than petroleum, more than lumber, more than land itself, water is the exhaustible resource that limits, or fosters, everything from essential habitat to economic growth to national security and international stability.   Local and global water policies are failing nature and civilization.
 
As a result:
  • Fisheries are crashing throughout the world, and one billion people live without access to a sanitary water supply.
  • Between 34 and 76 million people, mostly children, will die between now and 2020 from preventable water-related diseases, according to the Pacific Institute.
  • International corporations are mapping the globe in search of water supplies that will allow them to expand.
  • Nationally, the Clean Water Act, the closest the United States has come to a federal water policy, has failed to meet its fundamental objectives, including:
    • elimination of the discharge of pollutants by 1985
    • universally fishable and swimmable waters by 1983  
    • creation of watershed management programs, and
    • major research and development initiatives to innovate new technologies that eliminate pollution.
The Pace Academy will examine the efficacy and shortcomings of U.S. water policy from the unique perspective of the university’s special expertise in the field combined with our location in a pioneering region of water law. In partnership with Pace Law School and the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Pace Academy studies and recommendations will focus in particular on how 21st century innovations in technology, management, and protection call for a new generation of water policy.
 
 
With an increasing focus on environmental concerns nationally and globally, we must simultaneously consider the next ethical frontier of society – animal welfare - domestic and wild. As a culture, we have only just begun to consider these issues seriously. The Pace Academy will actively participate in the discussion of how we treat and interact with animals in agriculture, wildlife-human conflicts, biodiversity, and treatment of captive or domestic animals.