Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies



Visiting Fellow in Residence Spring 2016

Mr. David Rejeski, an expert on synthetic biology, nonomaterials and the challenges of regulating emerging technologies will be in residence with Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies this semester. Mr. Rejeski is director of the Science, Technology and Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Please contact Michelle Land at for information on scheduling Mr. Rejeski for a class lecture, faculty discussion, or student meeting opportunity during his residency.

Environmental Policy Clinic

The Pace Environmental Policy Clinic kicked off the spring semester with thirteen undergraduate clinicians tackling three exciting cases. In Pleasantville, the Clinic is developing policy and mitigation alternatives to protect wildlife that are killed on state highways, and it is bringing a bill to the New York State legislature to ban the use of elephants in circuses. In NYC, clinicians are working to replace outmoded policies that are an obstacle to the Billion Oyster Project's goal to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor. Pace Law students are assisting the clinicians with their legal research and policy development on each of their cases.

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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Join the conversation on EarthDesk, a of the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment. 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!

Important Dates

Monday, April 4, 2016

Can 20th Century Environmentalism Catch Up to 21st Century Technology?

6:30PM Kessel Student Center, Butcher Suite (PLV)

Join us for a lecture by Visiting Fellow David Rejeski, director of the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  From 3D printers and ubiquitous computing to nano-scale machines and cheap techniques to edit genetic code, technologies are emerging that can transform the planet. But can environmental laws of a past generation harness the good today and protect us from the bad tomorrow?  At a broader level, if we can redesign the earth, should we?

Friday, April 15, 2016

11th Annual Student Summit of the Environmental Consortium

Our Collective Campus: Acting on our Social and Environmental Responsibility

Students from around the region, of all disciplines, are called to gather at this year’s Environmental Consortium Student Summit, “Our Collective Campus: Acting on our Social and Environmental Responsibility.” There, we will ask what it takes to be an advocate, why environmental solutions must to involve other disciplines, and how academic institutions can form more meaningful community partnerships.

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



Pace Academy's Professional Mentoring Program matches interested students with a recognized leader from a diverse choice of fields who has professional or personal experience in environmental affairs.


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.


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.