Student Research


​Featured Capstone: 
From Open Sewer to Open (RE)source: Participatory Sustainable Infrastructure Planning for Favela Pica-Pau in Rio de Janeiro 
(Leonel Lima Ponce)

​To cap their studies, Urban 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.

Mandy DeRoche 

A Stormwater Fee, With Strong And Equitable Credits for Green Infrastrcture, Could Benefit New York City As A Whole Environmental Justice Communities Such As The South Bronx  Summer 2013

Catalina Parra 

Sustainable Tourism Solutions: Nuqui, Colombia

Spring 2013

Klio Mandalou

Interventions + Recommendations for a Biophilic Rocabella

Spring 2013

Mayank Teotia

Managing New York City Municipal Solid Waste – Using Anaerobic Digestion

Spring 2013

Elizabeth Bowler

Workforce Development and the Maintenance of Green Infrastructure

Spring 2013

Leonel Lima Ponce

From Open Sewer to Open (RE)source: Participatory Sustainable Infrastructure Planning for Favela Pica-Pau in Rio de Janeiro

Spring 2013

Nadine Kaplan

Green Infrastructure on Industrial Buildings: Gowanus

Spring 2013

Shane McCabe

Breaking Down Policy Barriers for Residential Greywater Installation and Usage in New York City

Spring 2013

Michael Transue

Improving Solid Waste Management for Meeting Events by Facilitating a Market for Sustainable Services

Spring 2013

Tyler Klifman

Fusing Green Infrastructure and Playgrounds to Build Community Assets

Spring 2013

Zella I. Pirrello

The Growth of Solar in NYC: How We Got Here, What We Need to Do

Spring 2013

Susanne Antonucci


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

Michael G. Smith

Enhancing Water Conservation Strategies in NYC: Saving Water to Save Energy Spring 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

Erik Facteau and Tyler Caruso Making the Case for Urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure: Measuring the Stormwater Capacity 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