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Educating for Sustainability

Educating for Sustainability is the Office of Sustainability's semi-annual lecture series that invites environmental scholars and leaders to address the NYU community.

Dr. Ayana Johnson

Violetta Markelou, 2015

The Future of Ocean Conservation with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Dr. Johnson will present a vision for how to achieve a healthy ocean for all, through zoning, cities, triage, and inclusion. 

April 3, 2018 | 6:00pm
Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 802
60 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012

Free and Open to the Public | Refreshments will be served

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, conservation strategist, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and president of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice. Ayana envisions and works toward a healthy ocean that supports food security, economies, and cultures. In addition to client projects, she teaches at New York University as an adjunct professor, and volunteered as co-director of partnerships for the March for Science. As executive director of the Waitt Institute, Ayana co-founded the Blue Halo Initiative and led the Caribbean’s first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort. Previously, she worked on ocean policy at the EPA and NOAA, and was recently a TED resident and Aspen Institute fellow. Ayana earned a BA from Harvard University in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology, with a dissertation on the ecology, socio-economics, and policy of sustainably managing coral reefs. She writes about how we can use the ocean without using it up on Scientific American and National Geographic and @ayanaeliza.


Peterson Toscano

A Queer Response to Climate Change—What Would Walt Whitman Do?

October 11, 2017 | 6:30pm
Comic storyteller and LGBTQ activist Peterson Toscano takes on the biggest issue of them all–global warming–and does so with humor, heart, and hope.

Robin Nagle & Dr. Cassandra Thiel

What We Waste with Robin Nagle & Dr. Cassandra Thiel

April 6, 2017  | 6:30pm
A conversation about waste in the urban environment and healthcare field.  

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein, Author of "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate"

September 30, 2016  | 6:00pm
An evening with award-winning journalist, columnist and international bestselling author of "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate," that addresses the harmful role capitalism plays in the global climate crisis.