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Gallatin Alumni Changing NYU and the World

Gallatin alumnus Jeremy Friedman (BA ’07), the Manager of Sustainability Initiatives for New York University, was always interested in the environment, but he didn’t plan to focus on the subject at NYU. After taking Environmental Philosophy with Gallatin Professor Brad Lewis, among other classes, he changed his mind. With a concentration in Environmental Values and Public Policy, he created a program that included courses in environmental policy and ethics at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, a seminar at the School of Law in environmental law, and courses in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in public policy and planning, sustainable cities, geographic information systems and environmental impact assessment.

Lindsay Robbins (BA ’03), project manager at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), first came to Gallatin eager to take part in internships, as she was already working in the film industry. In her senior year, she had an internship at Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit land conservation organization, and she soon realized that sustainable land development was more important to her than her work in film. “Had I taken a more traditional film school route,” she recounts, “I would have realized much later that I didn’t enjoy that industry. My real-world internship experience saved me years of my working life!” Robbins quickly changed her academic path and focused her senior colloquium, “Work in 21st-Century America,” on finding a career that makes a positive contribution to the world. The following fall, she began the master’s program at NYU’s Wagner School, centering her studies on sustainable urban planning

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Faculty Spotlight

Peder Anker

Peder Anker’s From Bauhaus to Ecohouse

Peder Anker’s book on the history of environmentalism and design, From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design, was recently published by Louisiana State University Press. An associate professor at Gallatin and in NYU’s Environmental Studies Program, Anker is an historian of science specializing in the history of ecology, environmental history and the history of architecture and design. In this 50-year survey of design, ecology and science, Anker considers the work of such designers as Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer and Buckminster Fuller.





Sustainable Building

In the first renovation project at NYU to achieve LEED Gold certification, a total area of approximately 32,000 square feet was completely renovated in 2007 and 2008. LEED is the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™, and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Gallatin's home at 1 Washington Place includes not only classrooms and faculty offices, but the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, student lounge space, a gallery and art and dance studios. 

1 Washington Place, the home of Gallatin

Students in the lounge of their LEED Gold Certified home at Gallatin