Public Programs And Events

Earth Week at The New School

Earth Week at The New School

General Public 

The New School demonstrates its commitment to sustainability and addressing the climate crisis through a week-long series of programs and events in celebration of Earth Week.

Earth Week at The New School is dedicated to championing environmental justice, inspiring activism through artistic expression and design, fostering professional opportunities in environmental sectors, promoting sustainable practices, and advancing sustainability in New York City and the world.

Click on the links below for more information about each event.

Textile Scrap Workshop: Design Challenge!

Thursday, April 13 at 6:30-8:30pm

Are you a designer who loves a creative challenge? Do you ever think about upcycling and reducing waste, or how to give new life to discarded materials? If so, this is the challenge for you!


Sustainapalooza IV

Saturday, April 15 at 9am - 5pm

Sustainapalooza is an annual event for New School students engaged in efforts to facilitate enhanced urban resiliency and sustainability. This year's theme is health and the environment. 


Sustainability in Action

Monday, April 17 at 11am - 3pm

Stop by the tables in the lobby of the University Center to pledge to take sustainable actions in your daily life, write a postcard to your representative, learn more about the clubs on campus that are working to promote sustainability at The New School and in New York City... and more!


University Center Sustainability Tours

Monday, April 17 at 3pm and 4pm

Join the Tishman Environment and Design Center and the New School Buildings for a special Sustainability Tour of The New School University Center.


Student and Alumni Mixer

Monday, April 17 at 6pm - 8pm

Students and alumni with interests in climate, environment, and sustainability are invited to get to know one another at this special Earth Week mixer.


Ecology and Sovereignty: Native and Indigenous Perspectives Transcending Boundaries

Tuesday, April 18 at 6pm to 8pm 

Join Native and Indigenous artists, activists, and thought leaders underscoring the value of traditional ecological knowledge and the necessity of transcending the imposed boundaries of thought, borders, and mediums as we advance socially just approaches to environmental issues.


Going Beyond "Green"

Wednesday, April 19 at 10am to 6pm 

Join the Tishman Environment and Design Center for an interactive showcase of community-based participatory research led by New School faculty and students addressing the impacts of climate change and other environmental threats to community well-being and social justice.


Water and the Elements Exhibit

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11am to 3pm

Students from Water & The Elements Seminar, taught by Associate Professor Jean Gardner, celebrate Earth Day. They explore a new mindset for Earth, Air, Water, & Fire. Our familiar relationship to the elements as resources has led to humanly-caused earthquakes, deepening sea waters, unbreathable air, and increased wildfires. 


What Does Trump Mean for Global Climate Change?

Wednesday, April 19 at 6pm to 8pm 

The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) Economics of Climate Change Project, directed by Willi Semmler, invites to a panel discussion on the economics of climate change.


"Beyond the Polar Bear" Artwork Exhibit

Thursday, April 20 at 11am to 3pm 

Visit this pop-up exhibition of student, faculty, and alumni work reflecting on the threat of climate change in our lives.


Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi: A Film Screening on Black Farmers' Rights

Thursday, April 20 at 6:30pm 

Dirt and Deeds In Mississippi uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. 


Mountains and Sacred Landscapes Conference

Thursday, April 20 - Sunday, April 23

This year's ISSRNC conference seeks to critically explore the ways in which the idea of sacred landscapes is entangled with diverse communities and geographies. The conference will feature interdisciplinary talks on what kinds of meanings shape, and are shaped by, the effects of climate change, mass extinction, human population growth and ecological degradation of mountains, forests, rivers and other sacred landscapes across the globe.


Mobilizing to March

Friday, April 21 at 10am to 12pm

Celebrate Earth Week at The New School by flexing your environmental activism muscles with us in the Social Justice Hub!


Natural Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Skills Lab

Friday, April 21 at 3pm to 5pm

Have you ever wondered how a solar cell works? What if you heard that you could generate energy from the sun with the help of crushed berries? Come build solar cells with us!


Street Seats Installation

Saturday, April 22

In collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), the Design Build course of the School of Constructed Environments, taught by professors Huy Bui and Carlos Gomez de Llarena, has developed this year’s Street Seats project for the corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue.


Parsons Student Senate Gala

Saturday, April 22 at 7pm to 10pm

Each year the Parsons Student Senate holds the GALA to showcase the creative talents of students from around the school. The GALA features an art gallery of a diverse body of student work as well as a space for peers, faculty and alumni to gather and celebrate the end of another successful school year. In honor of Earth Day, this year's Gala will emphasize themes of sustainability



Sponsored by The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center, the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, the India China Institute, Environmental Studies, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, Interdisciplinary Science, the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students, and others.


Celebrate Earth Day all year long! Take the New School Sustainability Pledge to learn about small actions you can take to make a BIG difference.

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