Featured Capstone: From Open Sewer to Open (Re)Source: Participartory Sustainable Infrastructure Planning for Favela Pica-Pau in Rio de Janeiro                                      
                                 Leonel Lima Ponce, Spring 2013

To cap their studies, Sustainable Environmental Systems students rigorously analyze an approved systemic environmental or design challenge in the urban environment. They do or simulate work of the kind a systems analyst does in the field, producing cogent recommendations that consider the client’s political, physical, and ecological obligations and goals. The demonstration can involve original research, a work related project or an extension of course-related work. As the Demonstration of Professional Competence class is an opportunity for students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learned in the program, the course is best taken in the student’s final semester.

Applying what they have learned in their Environmental Systems studies, students will research an environmental or design question and report it out to meet the specific needs of a client. Students choose a client and a technical advisor to determine the scope of the research and the format of the final product.

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Fall   2012
Ankita Rathi Coastal Storms and Chemical Contamination A Case for Human Health Risk Assessment for NYC SMIAs Fall   2012
Juwayria Osman Utilizing Solar Energy In King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fall   2012
Alexa Fábrega Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts and their Public Vacant Lots in Bedford-Stuyvesant: A Case for Creative Adaptations Fall   2012

Ross Diamond

Bird Friendly Design for Green Roofs

Fall   2012

Natan Apavatjrut Proposal for a Bike-Share Program in the San Fernando Valley A Sustainable, Cost-Effective Measure to Improve the Region’s Transportation System Summer 2012
Michael Catalano New York City Microclimate Policy
Applying Green Infrastructure to Mitigate Environmental Health Impacts caused by the Urban Heat Island Effect and Heat Waves A Platform for Climate Change Resiliency in New York City Client: New York City Council
Summer 2012
Daniel Kim Assessing Supermarket Access:
Analyzing the Importance of Spatial Proximity and Mobility to Healthy Foods
Summer 2012
Amber Gayle Myers Green Guidelines and Healthy Buildings: Updating Standards to Regulate Phthalate Exposure in NYC Schools Summer 2012
Vonetta A Storbakken Evaluate, Educate and Equip: Developing Healthy Cleaning Alternatives for FBOs Summer 2012
Humairah Syed Kaleidoscope Rejuvenating Sewri Koliwada Summer 2012
Yair Wolff “Urban Cell Model” A strategy to improve the use of natural resources in existing cities Summer 2012
Kristina Sansotta Poison, Plasticizers and Procurement; Transitioning School Standards to Include Bio based Flooring Spring 2012
George Boueri Iconic Waste to Energy Facility for Beirut, Lebanon Fall 2011
Claudia Ibaven Water Management in the Community of Mogotavo Spring 2011
Helen Rubinstein Deconstruction and the Salvage of Commercial Building Materials Summer 2010
Samuel Tellechea East of the Roundabout Activating Space in the Town of Santa Fe, Mexico City Summer 2010
Timothy O'Connell

How The Peace Corps can use Solar Energy to Achieve its Mission Objectives in Sub-Saharan Africa


Fall 2009