Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies




Mastering the Art of Environmental Policy

Once again Pace University takes the reigns of environmental leadership. Four years in the making, Pace's Masters in Environmental Policy is now enrolling for Fall 2015.  Pace Academy director Michelle Land headed up the planning and design of this exciting addition to Pace’s already impressive suite of environmental academics and training.

Housed within Dyson College of Arts and Sciences' new Environmental Studies and Science Department, the 45 credit MA will train degree candidates in what it takes to be an environmental policy leader. "Environmental affairs shape world affairs. To effectively engage, one requires skills in law, politics, business, science, economics, advocacy and more," said Michelle Land. "From theory to practice, Pace faculty provide the interdisciplinary training ground that will transform degree candidates into recognized policy professionals. Pace Academy spearheaded the research, development and design of the MEP because of our university-wide reach across all Pace's schools and colleges. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Dyson's Environmental Studies and Science department to welcome a new and exciting generation of graduate students."

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Michelle Land Receives Jefferson Award Bronze Medal

“A tireless advocate for universities to mobilize their resources in service to the environment.” Pace Academy Director Michelle Land was recognized at Pace’s Annual Employee Recognition Ceremonies with the Jefferson Award Bronze Medal for Public Service.

Professor Land was nominated for her dedication to the environment and pedagogy, particularly her mentorship of Pace Academy’s Student Clinicians in research, legislative drafting and advocacy in areas of animal welfare and wildlife conservation. 

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When Will Climate Change Become Dangerous?

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Princeton University scientist and IPCC lead author, Dr. Michael Oppenheimer delivered his climate assessment: The IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report: When Will Climate Change Become Dangerous. Dr. Oppenheimer is Pace Academy's 2014-2015 Visting Fellow.

View the video and slides.


Generation Energy Campaign

Pace Academy’s Gen En Campaign is about the pillars of our energy future.  Launched by the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, it will spend the year examining energy as we know it today — and how to make our lives simpler, our travels swifter, and our technology smarter.


Village of Ossining Adopts Energy Policy Authored by Pace University Students

The new Environmental Policy Clinic at Pace University, run by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, celebrated its first victory when the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an energy resiliency policy authored by clinic students.  Read more.


Join the conversation on EarthDesk, a blog launched by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Examine and discuss environmental issues, innovations and opportunities from the perspective of a university’s unique role in society: as a hub for critical thinking, a laboratory for testing ways to advance human progress, and an intellectual resource dedicated to nature and community. Read it, comment, follow it, like it, share it!

Pace Students March a Mile to Raise Money for Clean Water in Tanzania

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, one hundred twenty Pace University students marched a mile with buckets of water on their heads to reenact the grueling task thousands in the developing world endure each day to provide water for their families. But the students’ burdens were eased knowing $5,000 would be donated to Engineers Without Borders, Northern New Jersey Professional Chapter, to create a community water well in Islanjandugu, Tanzania. 

Read press release.  Learn more about the water walk.


Pace Academy's Own Featured in Westchester Magazine's top 8 leaders in Westchester County

John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies: In addition to changing how we keep our river clean—a project he’s been working on for 40 years—he wants to change the partnerships we enlist to help solve environmental problems.In the past decade, however, Cronin began to formulate different ideas about problem-solving on the environment. He felt that we were “mostly operating under twentieth-century models when twenty-first-century problems need all the talent, all the skills we can muster—no mater where they come from.”
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Andrew Revkin Wins 2nd National Academies Communication Award

Andrew C. Revkin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace Academy, and Dot Earth blogger for The New York Times, is one of the most influential and respected reporters on the environment.  He is the first two-time recipient of the  National Academies Communication Award.

Bestowed jointly by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, this year, Revkin has been recognized for pioneering work in online environmental journalism in his New York Times Dot Earth blog.   At Pace University, students in his “Blogging a Better Planet” will be collecting, testing, refining and disseminating ways to make information matter.  Follow (and join) the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #paceblog.

Pace Press Release

Hudson River Advocate John Cronin Awarded Jefferson Gold Medal

Renowned environmentalist and Pace University Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs John Cronin was presented with the prestigious Jefferson Award in a ceremony in Washington, DC, on June 21, 2011.  Cronin was honored for a career spanning four decades "on the front line of water quality issues."  The Jefferson Award, now in its 39th year, is named for Thomas Jefferson and was founded by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as a "Nobel Prize for public service."

In remarks at the ceremony, Cronin credited folksinger Pete Seeger and Pace University as his sources of inspiration. "When Pete took me under his wing in 1973, he said, 'If we all work together we can change the Hudson River; we can even change the world.' At the time I thought it impossible but his words proved to be the truest I have ever heard. Pace University lives by that credo and has given me the opportunity to reach thousands.  We all stand on the shoulders of giants. I have been privileged to stand on theirs." Read full press release.

Important Dates

Mock Legislative Hearing: Reforming the Energy Vision


On April 24, 2015, Pace Academy will host its 3rd annual Mock Legislative Hearing in a special partnership with the Pace Energy and Climate Center.

This year, undergraduate students will examine in depth the energy future of New York State -- which has implications on climate change, security and resiliency not only for New Yorkers but the nation, and at every societal level: policy, business, technology, health, education. The Hearing will be hosted at Pace Law School's Moot Court Room.

The Pedagogical Pursuit of Environmental “Truth”: Mobilizing our Collective Expertise 

The 11th annual conference of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities will be an exciting day of exchanging approaches to pedagogy and collaborative programs aimed at increasing access to resources while advancing our region as a global center of environmental knowledge and learning.

Pace Academy formed the Consortium in 2004, and serves as the Consortium's headquarters.

Interactive Forum for Pace University Undergraduates

All majors welcome.  Undergraduates interested in law are invited to this forum to join Law School faculty and students to discuss using law as a tool to manage climate change and address its complex impacts.  Transportation provided. RSVP required. 

Pace Academy Visiting Fellow Presents on IPCC Report

Join us at Pace Law School's Moot Court Room for a special lecture on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report from Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Pace Academy's 2014-2015 Visiting Fellow. The lecture will begin at 5pm with a reception to follow in the Tudor Room and 6pm. More on the Visiting Fellows Program.




The Faculty Scholars Program promotes the application of scholarship and research to pedagogy, service, and policy to advance a mutually enhancing relationship between humans and nature.


Pace University is the founding institution and host of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities. Pace Academy serves as the Consortium's headquarters and secretariat.  There are over 55 member institutions in the Consortium.


Looking for a compelling documentary or film to complement your course curriculum? Don't have time to hassle with orders and funding? Look no further! Pace Academy's growing library of DVDs and videos is available to Pace faculty.


The Pace University Environmental Gateway is a University-wide resource which provides information and links to Pace's environmental degrees, courses, publications, institutes, international programs and student-focused opportunities.


Pace Academy is the lead coordinator of Pace's university-wide sustainability committee, GreenPace. Established by the Office of the Provost in 2008, the committee consists of diverse representatives of the Pace community, including faculty, associate deans, students, alumni, senior administration, service and facility managers, and meets twice a semester to discuss and recommend goals, priorities, and sustainability projects.


Pace Academy underwrites the University’s annual membership to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).

Pace University is a member of AASHE - the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and a subscriber to its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS).   All members of the Pace community are encouraged to establish an individual account and subscribe to the AASHE Bulletin, a free weekly e-newsletter with latest news, resources, opportunities, and events related to campus sustainability.

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decision-making.

NCSE specializes in programs that foster collaboration between the diverse institutions and individuals creating and using environmental knowledge, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations as well as governmental bodies at all levels.