Team in Blackstone Innovation LaunchPad

Sustainability Student Participates in Blackstone LaunchPad Innovation Sprint

By Mitaly Chakraborty This weekend, I participated in the Blackstone LaunchPad Innovation Sprint alongside my incredible friends Mayesha Fahmida (CCNY), Nayeli (John Jay), Darlyn Pacheco (Queensborough CC), and Kay Jesly (Borough of Manhattan CC). Blackstone Launchpad provided three intriguing tasks for us. Choosing from the three challenges, I opted to collaborate with the L’Oreal team. We conducted a CUNY-wide Innovation Sprint Case Study on Biolage Marketing Strategy. We concentrated on how Biolage might effectively widen its user base to encompass a broader spectrum of people while also increasing knowledge and comprehension of its universal formulations. After reviewing the data, we …

Continue Reading

Final Capstone Presentations, Spring 2023

Find the embedded videos here for our final capstone project presentations from last Spring. The first presentation starts at 10 minutes in and below is the order indicating when each presentation begins. Presentation order: Decarbonizing CCNY (at 10 minutes) Supporting Disaster Assessment and Infrastructure Recovery in Ukraine (at 53 minutes) Impact of Construction Materials on the Success of Resiliency Plans (at 1 hour and 41 minutes)

Continue Reading

2022 Week of Science Sustainability Fair with the CCNY Division of Science

The challenges we face due to climate change are growing every day and these big problems require big solutions, starting right here in our own communities. Several organizations throughout New York City participated in the Week of Science Sustainability Fair to share information on how everyone can contribute to helping create a sustainable and environmentally friendly community. 0:00 Intro 0:05 Hudson River Park River Project : https://hudsonriverpark.org/the-park/… 2:06 Billion Oyster Project : https://www.billionoysterproject.org/ 2:55 CCNY Science Learning & Public Engagement : https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/sciengage 4:29 CCNY Sustainability : https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/sustainability 5:29 PSC Environmental Justice Commitee : https://www.psc-cuny.org/environmenta… 6:42 Astor Apiaries : https://astorapiaries.com/ 7:33 …

Continue Reading

My Leave-Taking From Professor Hillary Brown

When a CCNY faculty member initially approached me about joining the faculty at the Spitzer School of Architecture back in 2008, I did indeed hesitate. Instead, I started as a visiting professor. Unsurprisingly, I immediately fell in love with CCNY, its mission, and its extraordinary student body! Luckily for me then, given my sustainability background, I became Professor in 2010 to help ramp up the Sustainability in the Urban Environment program. Since then, I’ve served continuously on its Executive Committee before becoming Program Director in 2016. I always felt it a true serendipity and privilege to be part of this …

Continue Reading

Introducing Our Big Sibling/Little Sibling Program!

A priority of our Sustainability Program is creating an interdisciplinary community of professionals addressing the many issues surrounding equitable climate change mitigation and adaptation in our cities. Especially in the current era of remote learning, creating that sense of community is more challenging and more critical now than ever before. That is why two of our students, Navida and Kathy, came to the Program with a spectacular idea to support our incoming students. The Sustainability Big Sibling/Little Sibling program will pair each new student with a current Sustainability Student or recent Program graduate based on interests to help guide them …

Continue Reading

Final Capstone Presentations, 2020

Below see the video recordings for the final capstone reviews for the Fall, 2020 semester. Following each presentation is the abstract for the project. Open Passive House: Making a business case for multifamily affordable Passive House  Summary (Abstract): ​There exists a highly compelling case for promoting Passive House building standards for the affordable multifamily sector in New York City. In addition to deep energy and carbon reductions that align with the goals of New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act, increased occupant comfort and climate resiliency will greatly benefit some of New York City’s most vulnerable populations. There is great interest in Passive …

Continue Reading