Outside classroom within the Environmental Center

Institute for Sustainability and the Environment

Our Vision

To ensure a well-informed citizenry committed to the protection of the human and natural resources on which all communities depend.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide teaching, training, and research that mobilizes the resources of Pace University to advance environmental knowledge, ecosystem protection, and smart decision-making in the New York Metropolitan and Hudson Valley regions, with a special emphasis on the just development of healthy and diverse communities.

The institute supports applied research in conservation, sustainability, and environmental policy and justice in urban and suburban areas. In addition to providing experiential and place-based educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds, degrees, and academic levels we also foster collaboration with external partners through training and leadership.

Students wading in the hudson river

Center Resources

The Center consists of both physical and intellectual resources. While the physical resources are currently concentrated on the Pleasantville campus, the intellectual resources are located on both campuses.

Interested in working with us? Visit the Environmental Studies and Science blog to submit your proposal.

    • Environmental Laboratories at Pleasantville and NYC
    • Environmental Classroom (seating for 30)
    • Outdoor Pavilion
    • Organic Gardens at Pleasantville and NYC
    • Workshop
    • Barn
    • 50-acre forest
    • Various meadows, streams, and wetlands
    • Choate Pond
    • Stormwater Pond
    • Pollinator Gardens
    • Interpretive nature trail
    • Hiking trails
    • Faculty expertise in plant ecology, wildlife, ecosystems, water quality, climate change, environmental justice, environmental policy, sustainability, sustainable agriculture, geographic information systems (GIS), and statistics.
    • Connections to and collaborations with myriad environmental organizations throughout the Hudson Valley and NY metropolitan areas. These relationships can provide opportunities for course projects, research, community service, and internships.