The Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS)

The Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS) is directed by Robert Chapman, PhD and is affiliated with the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Pace University in New York City.


PIERS Institute
41 Park Row, 7th Floor – room 718
New York, NY 10038,


The Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies (PIERS) aims to foster a sustainable relationship between people and nature by studying the diverse ecological, political and economic, social and cultural values of New York City and the Hudson River Valley Region.

Pace University has a dual responsibility to study and serve the region. It is part of the ecosystem and the larger community in which it is located. And since environmental problems are quintessentially social problems that often emerge on a local level, the university is uniquely situated to address them.

PIERS initiates, coordinates, and organizes work done by members of the Pace community in advancement of its environmental and regional mission. It aims to foster an understanding and appreciation of those aspects of regional life that relate to human interaction with the natural resources of the bioregion; build a reference reserve for bioregional knowledge through scholarly research; establish a relationship between the university community and its neighbors; and promote environmental education throughout the university and the Hudson River Valley.

Both scholarship and pedagogy, based on vigorous inquiry into values as well as practical skills, speak to environmental sustainability and social responsibility, as well as community service.

For more information contact:

Robert Chapman, PhD
(212) 346-1364