Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies



4-Credit Environmental Policy Clinic

This spring, be part of a unique professional training and service experience.The Environmental Policy Clinic trains you as a practitioner through a program of learning and service that is rigorous and fun, emphasizes 21st century tools, and involves you in external affairs.

ENV 297A - Environmental Clinic (CRN 23533) meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:05am - 12:05pm at the new Environmental House, and will be team taught by Prof. John Cronin and Prof. Michelle Land.
  • Open to all majors, sophomore standing or higher.
  • Earn 4 credits while learning professional skills, project management, and representing community organizations.
  • Fulfills AOK1 and Service Learning
  • Counts toward Environmental Studies minor or major.


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.


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!


Important Dates


Environmental Consortium 12th Annual Conference

The Environmental Consortium's12th Annual Conference and 1st Annual Student Congress will take place
November 6-7, 2015 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The two-day conference, "Celebrating the Living Classroom: Research, Education and Collaboration in the Hudson-Mohawk Watersheds," will explore the Hudson and Mohawk River Basin as a vibrant venue for research and teaching.  

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.


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.


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.