Past Events

FALL 2017


A Queer Response to Climate Change—What Would Walt Whitman Do?
Traveling to the past and the future, comic storyteller, Peterson Toscano talks about global warming in a fresh new way. Peterson’s performance will not only challenge your thinking, he may even reveal your role on this new planet. 


Special thanks to our program partner: EarthMatters!


Urban Ecology Screening, “One Table Two Elephants” An Environmental Film Essay
Created by: Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson

Deutsches Haus | 42 Washington Mews

Situated and grounded in lived experiences across a range of groups, this film follows different ways of knowing and tries to be a vehicle toward difficult yet urgently needed conversations about how race, nature and the city are intertwined in our postcolonial world. This event will include a screening and Q&A with co-creator, Henrik Ernstson.


Educating for Sustainability Presents WHAT WE WASTE: An Evening with Robin Nagle & Dr. Cassandra Thiel
Kimmel Center, Room 914 | 60 Washington Square South

The Office of Sustainability’s lecture series will feature Robin Nagle, author of the book PICKING UP and NYU professor of anthropology and environmental studies; and Dr. Cassandra Thiel, Assistant Professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service with a joint appointment at the NYU Langone School of Medicine in the Department of Population Health. This event will include presentations from the speakers, followed by a moderated conversation on addressing waste generation and treatment broadly, and specifically in New York City, at New York University and in healthcare.


Tomorrow & Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall
Paulson Auditorium | 40 W. 4th St.

The NYU Stern Business and Society Program, Stern Center for Sustainable Business and the Department of Environmental Studies present Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace. She is best known for her landmark study with the the wild chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Today, Dr. Goodall travels nearly 300 days a year speaking about the threats facing endangered species and growing the Jane Goodall Institute which, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017, has become a global community conservation organization. Book signing to follow immediately. Seating is limited, RSVP required.


A Multi-Faith Dialogue on Environmental Activism
Kimmel Center, Room 905/907 | 60 Washington Square South

This panel will explore faith-based activism and the intersections between religion and the environment. The panelists represent the following organizations: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, Bronfman Environmental Initiative, Native American and Indigenous Students' Group, Islamic Center at NYU, and GreeFaith.


Poster-making & Discussion
Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life, Grand Hall | 238 Thompson St.

Whether you're marching in DC or NYC, at the March for Science or the People's Climate March, join us to make signs and talk about why we're marching.
There will be FREE SUPPLIES and FREE FOOD.


Modern Meat: The Science and Culture of Meat Substitutes
NYU Cantor Film Center, Theater 101 | 36 E. 8th St.

This half-day event about the science and business of meat substitutes and their social dimensions is hosted by NYU Animal Studies Initiative and the Experimental Cuisine Collective. Panelists include: Kent Kirshenbaum - Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Chemistry at NYU Department of Chemistry; Isha Datar - CEO of New Harvest; Alan Levinovitz - Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at JMU; "Magic, Metaphysics, and Frankenmeat: Understanding the Foundations of Dietary Taboos"; Ben Wurgaft - Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT "Promise and Progress: On Cellular Agriculture, Moral Promises, and Technological Progress."


March for Science

Join members of the NYU community to celebrate science and all its contributions, and advocate for sound, rigorous research and impactful applications by attending the March for Science in Washington D.C. or NYC. For more details.


NYU’s Earth Day Street Fair
Schwartz Plaza (next to Bobst)

Join the green community of NYU and NYC for a street fair on the 48th anniversary of Earth Day with giveaways, information tables, delicious free food, and most importantly a celebration of the planet we live on!


Environmental Humanities: Vegan Living: Fashion, Food, and Fitness
NYU Cantor Film Center, Theater 200 | 36 E. 8th St.

Join us for a conversation about various aspects of what it means to live as a vegan. Panelists will discuss their own experiences adopting veganism into their everyday lifestyle and professional work. Panelists include: David Carter, Former NFL player & animal rights activist; Chloe Coscarelli, vegan chef & cookbook author; Joshua Katcher, Instructor of Fashion, Parsons The New School, Founder & Creative Director of Brave GentleMan, and Founder & Editor of; Dominick Thompson, Healthcare Executive, Multi-Sport athlete, animal rights activist and Founder & Creative Director of Crazies & Weirdos.

APRIL 26, 27 & 28

Spring Gardening

NYU Landscaping will host planting events around campus. More information to come.


Global Go Green Week!

This Earth Month, NYU’s global campuses will be hosting environmentally-focused events all over the world!  



Zero Waste Challenge Kick-Off
5:30-7:30pm | Kimmel Center, Room 405
Sign up for the Zero Waste Challenge and tow your own trash for one week. Hear speakers Robin Nagle and Dr. Cassandra Thiel discuss the impacts of waste in New York City and in healthcare.


Zero Waste Challenge Table Sign-up
11am-3pm | Kimmel Center Kiosk
Missed the Zero Waste kick-off event? Come by the Kimmel Center Kiosk for a chance to sign up for the Zero Waste Challenge.


ECO Reps Res Hall Recycling Game
11am-3pm | Various Halls
Pay your ECO Reps a visit and test your recycling knowledge through a sorting game.

Zero Waste Goals in NYC
6:30-7:30pm | Kimmel Center, Room 903
Join EarthMatters for a presentation and conversation with DSNY Outreach Coordinator, Naika Colas about the OneNYC goal of zero waste to landfill by 2030. Why did zero waste become a priority for the city? How do DSNY and other organizations plan to reach this goal? Bring your questions and learn more about the practical implications of a zero waste future.


Tour of Action Carting
8:45am | Meet in front of 740 Broadway
Ever wonder where our mixed recyclables go and how they are sorted? Come tour our carter's Material Recovery Facility and learn about the process. RSVP here.


Trash Sorting and Art Making with Return Recycling
9am-12pm | NYU Palladium Loading Dock, 13th St. between 3rd & 4th Aves
Team up with some garbage geeks at Return Recycling's first trash sorting of the semester! We'll dig through garbage to learn about what constitutes NYU's waste, and make some trash art to creatively visualize what people are wasting every day. Get there early for the best bagels!

Zero Waste Challenge Wrap-up
5-7pm | Green House at Seventh Street, TV Lounge
Weigh the waste you’ve carried all week and see your impact. Enjoy zero-waste snacks and a presentation on your efforts this week!  



Book Talk & Signing with Wayne Pacelle
The Commons, KMC 1-100 | 12:30pm
CEO of the Humane Society & Author of The Humane Economy

NYU TALKS: Smart Cities
Pfizer Auditorium, Dibner Building, 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn | 5:00pm
With more people choosing to live in urban environments, cities need to become smarter, greener, and healthier.
This event is part of Inauguration Week

Clean Energy Connections: The Renewable Thermal Landscape
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space @WNYC | 6:30pm
Network with policymakers, investors, international delegations, tech providers, and representatives from city agencies as we take a deep dive into the world of renewable thermal.
This event is in partnership with Tandon's Urban Future Lab


Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge - 2nd Fl | 11:00am-5:00pm
Could we be living in a time of greater interest in food: where it comes from, how to ensure it is healthy, its power to bring us together across cultures and eras? Hosted by Steinhardt Professor Jennifer Berg, this Community Square delves into our complicated and ever-changing relationship with food. Enjoy a smoothie and talk about healthy eating. Learn about making sushi while exploring the story of Japanese immigration. Pull up a chair to the foodie table.
This event is part of Inauguration Week

Schwartz Plaza, 50 W. 4th St. | 11:00am-5:00pm
Discover the serious art of play, and join others in the NYU community to create a public piece of communal art. Gallatin and Tisch Professor Mitchell Joachim, inventor and designer and co-president of Terreform ONE, has created the opportunity. We need you to make it real and make it together.
This event is part of Inauguration Week

NYU Wagner: The Growing Urgency of Climate Change: How Cities and Business Build a Sustainable Future
Puck Building 285 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl. | 1:30pm-3:00pm
As nations move forward with the landmark Paris Agreement, cities and businesses are playing a vital and growing role in building a more sustainable, low-carbon future. In a new partnership, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and C2ES have jointly launched the Alliance for a Sustainable Future.

Kimmel Center, Room 807 | 5:00pm
Drawing inspiration from NYU’s location in New York City, this panel explores key challenges facing cities in the 21st century: shaping a resilient environment that accommodates the flow of people, water, and waste materials.
This event is part of Inauguration Week

NYU TALKS: The Earth
Kimmel Center, Room 905/907 | 5:00pm
The defining forces of our time – globalization, climate change, terrorism – are also forces of redefinition, requiring us to rethink the ways that human beings have understood, related to, and treated the planet we all share. This panel seeks to convey some of the range and urgency of new approaches to our increasingly unpredictable global condition, in which the fate of our own and many other species may depend on our ability to adapt inherited ideas to emergent – and deeply challenging – realities.
This event is part of Inauguration Week

NYU Law: Food & Agriculture Law Society Welcome Mixer
Half Pint, 76 W. 3rd St. | 6:00pm
Join us at Half Pint to meet members of the Food & Agriculture Law Society and learn about our programming for the upcoming year!


Kimmel Center, Commuter Lounge - 2nd Fl | 11:00am-5:00pm
See description above
This event is part of Inauguration Week

Voice of (Climate) Change in the Middle East: UAE Perspectives on Climate Action
NYU Law Lester Pollack Colloquium, Furman Hall | 12:00pm
A Conversation with Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Al Zeyoudi will offer perspectives on the UAE's approach to climate action, which is anchored in an ambitious agenda to diversify from away from oil and places climate change issues at the centre of foreign diplomacy.

Unlocking Clean Energy Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa
Instituto Cervantes, 211 E. 49th St. | 1:00pm

You're invited to attend a conversation on unlocking investment in clean energy in sub-Saharan Africa. The lack of financeable power projects in Africa is a key constraint to scaling renewable power and establishing low-emissions development trajectories for the continent's many emerging economies. This conversation, moderated by USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak, will convene CEOs from African energy companies to discuss how project preparation assistance can help unlock investment in clean energy across Africa.

Getting to Zero: How Can Zero Emission Vehicles Help Achieve Zero Waste?  EVENT POSTPONED
Kimmel Center, Room 914 | 6:30pm
Join Senator Brad Hoylman for a conversation with Kat Fisher, Sierra Club’s Electric Vehicles Organizing Representative for New York, about the importance of zero emission vehicles in fighting climate change.

Animal Welfare Collective Club: A Talk With Rachel Atcheson from the Humane League
Global Center, Room 269 | 7:00pm
Rachel Atcheson from The Humane League, a U.S. animal advocacy organization, will be speaking with students about The Humane League's approach to effective activism for animals. The Humane League uses grassroots organizing, sophisticated advertising initiatives and corporate campaigning to create change.  


NYU Center for the Humanities, Environmental Humanities Series: Human Futures
NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square | 6:00pm
Where are we headed as a discipline and as a species? Ursula K. Heise and Rob Nixon between them have written on issues of globalization, environmental justice, extinction, and the relevance of the humanities in helping us to understand unfathomable concepts of a scale and depth unknown to humans in previous epochs. This will be a lively discussion by leading voices in the environmental humanities, moderated by NYU's Una Chaudhuri, and will address the relevance of the environmental humanities to universities and to the public.  


Educating for Sustainability presents NAOMI KLEIN: Author of "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate"
Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Sq South | 6:00pm
Join us for an evening with award-winning journalist, columnist and international bestselling author, Naomi Klein. Klein will be speaking about her latest book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate," that addresses the harmful role capitalism plays in the global climate crisis.