Instructor: Kizzy Charles-Guzman
On November 5th, 2013, after three terms of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s leadership, the City of New York will be electing a new Mayor. While some of the leading candidates already have solid environmental records, it is possible that the new leadership will not pursue innovative sustainability initiatives with the same zeal and determination that the Bloomberg administration promoted and prioritized a citywide sustainability agenda—PlaNYC 2030.
This capstone seminar will take a comprehensive look at the progress achieved to date under PlaNYC and evaluate the plausibility of developing and implementing policies that build upon and expand existing efforts to improve the City’s environment. We will examine the powers and structure of municipal governments and understand the role of agencies, public and private organizations, businesses and interest groups as critical parts of a bureaucracy through which environmental issues are shaped, managed and negotiated.
Students will identify various environmental, social and economic goals that the city should pursue with the administration change, identify policy and legislative priorities, and develop a sustainability agenda for the next administration.