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Climate Action Week - Pop-Up Workshops in Union Square Green Market

Climate Action Week - Pop-Up Workshops in Union Square Green Market

Union Square Green Market
General Public 

Two studios led by Instructors Dan Michalik and Jeremy Barbour in the Parsons School of Constructed Environments will merge their skills in scalable systems and material fabrication to create a temporary environment. Throughout the day, New School faculty and staff will also conduct brief instructional workshops focusing on topics including food systems, and the green economy.

10:30 a.m.– "Urban Green Spaces for Equitable, Livable, and Resilient Cities"
Led by P. Timon McPhearson, assistant professor of Urban Ecology and Coordinator for Environmental Science, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School 

11:15 a.m.– "Climate Change and the Food System: Strengthening our City Region Food System"
Led by Thomas Forster, senior government affairs and UN advisor, School Food FOCUS, and Adjunct Faculty, Food Studies, New School for Public Engagement

Recent severe weather events in the form of two back-to-back hurricanes (Irene and Sandy) previewed both the vulnerabilities and the resilience of New York's food supply. Farmers, gardeners, distributors and food preparers should be considered "first responders" in disaster risk reduction strategies for our region. A whole food system approach is necessary to build resilience in the face of sudden supply cutoffs or slower diversions of food supply. 

12:00 p.m.– "Fooding the City: Urban Recipes for Climate Action"
Led by Rositsa Ilieva, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow in Urban Food Systems, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School

1:00 p.m.–"Green Jobs: Addressing Climate Change and Reducing Inequality"
Led by Richard McGahey, director, Environental Policy and Sustainability Management, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

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The New School demonstrates our commitment to climate action and our solidarity with people converging on New York City for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21 with a week-long series of events focused on climate change. As a leader and official endorser of the March, The New School’s Climate Action Week includes a diverse set of programming directed towards the university and wider community for enriched learning and engagement opportunities, scholarship, innovation and creativity, solidarity and collective action, and highlighting New School’s values around climate justice and action. 

This event is co-sponsored by the New School for Public Engagement, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, the Tishman Environment and Design Center, and the Sustainable Cities Club.

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