Integrative Capstone Workshop


Capstone Workshop OverviewThe Integrative Capstone Workshop serves as the culminating educational experience for students in the M.S. in Sustainability Management Program, designed to integrate the distinct fields of the program’s sustainability management curriculum. Students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real-world client.


The final reports and briefings from previous editions of the Integrative Capstone Workshop can be found below:

Summer 2018

Enhancing Climate Resilience in Long Island State Parks, Orient Beach State Park Case Study
Client: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Spring 2018

Building Rural Resilience with Ashoka Mexico
Client: Ashoka Mexico
Conserving Manta Rays & Sustaining Local Communities
Client: Planeta Océano
Climate Action Planning: A Framework for Westport, CT
Client: Westport Green Task Force
Trash Talks: Defining the Next Generation of Sustainable Sanitation Services for Union Square Partnership and the Public Realm
Client: Union Square Partnership
Bringing Electric Vehicles, EV Ride Sharing & Community Solar to Target senior citizen and low-income Populations in Westchester County, New York
Sustainable Westchester

Fall 2017

How to Plant a Million Trees: A Case Study on the MillionTreesNYC Initiative
Client: The Nature Conservancy
Innovations in Urban Sustainability
Client: Bloomberg Associates
Sure We Can: Turn Waste Into Value
Client: Sure We Can: Recycling Center, Community Space and Sustainability Hub
Denny Farrell Riverbank Park: Creating an Energy Park for the Community
Client: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
Scaling Up Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries to a Global Level: Assessing and Applying New Technologies, and Identifying Integrated Approaches that Succeed Locally
Client: Wildlife Conservation Society’s Marine Conservation Program

Summer 2017

Moving the Forest Carbon Efficiency Curve: A strategic look at the options for expanding access to the California GHG Cap and Trade Program
Client: Vermont Land Trust and Lyme Timber

Spring 2017

Ascertaining the Sustainability Benefits of Small Hold Farming in Developing World Contexts
Client: A Growing Culture

Bringing Electric Vehicles to Fruition in Westchester County, New York
Client: Sustainable Westchester

Greening the Built Environment: Sustainable Design at the Teatown Lake Reservation
Client: Teatown Lake Reservation

Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit
Client: Metropolitan Transportation Authority – New York City Transit

Assessing Multiple Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Commitment Regimes for Subnational Signatories of the Under2 Coalition
Client: The Climate Group as Secretariat of the Under2 Coalition, with input from CA Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research

Fall 2016

Identifying Geographic Hotspots – Implementation of the NYC °CoolRoofs Program
Client: NYC Department of Small Business Services

Sustainable Return on Investment for a Mass Transportation Sustainability Program
Client: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Implementing Energy Efficiency in Bogotá
Client: Bloomberg Associates

Understanding the Species Mitigation Market in the United States
Client: The Nature Conservancy

Summer 2016

Preventing Fluid Milk Waste
Client: World Wildlife Fund

Spring 2016

The Sustainability Benefits of Rainwater Catchment in Mexico City
Client: Isla Urbana

Biomass Energy Hub, Berlin Township, NY
Client: Berlin Township

Loading and Unloading in Tel Aviv-Yafo: Municipal Goods and Freight Logistics
Client: Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

Clean Fleets NY – Initiative to Accelerate the Adoption Rate of ZEVs
Client: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Fall 2015

Designing a Sustainability Certification System for Urban and Vertical Farms
Client: The Association for Vertical Farming

Preventing the Over-consumption of Long Island’s “Sole Source Aquifer”
Client: The Town of North Hempstead

Growing Opportunities for Urban Agriculture
Client: New Haven Farms

Urban Environmental Resources and Community Needs and Priorities in NYC
Client: The Nature Conservancy

Spring 2015

Last Chance Gas!
Client: New York State Department of Transportation

Expanding Sustainability Beyond NRDC’s Operations
Client: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Battle of the Buildings: Evaluating the Sustainability of Buildings in Yonkers, NY
Client: City of Yonkers

Integrated Redesign of Municipal Shop and Roadwork Facilities in Butte, Montana
Client: Butte-Silverbow County Department of Planning, Butte, Montana

An Environmental and Social Performance Benchmarking Process for Non-Governmental Organizations
Client: The World Resources Institute’s Sustainability Initiative and the Sustainability Managers Round Table

Fall 2014

Impact Investing and Institutional Investors: How can pension funds enable a transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy?
Client: Climate, Environment & Development Program, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

A Near Zero Solid Waste Strategy for Mamaroneck, NY
Client: Mamaroneck Sustainability Collaborative and the Town of Mamaroneck

Sustainable Operations for the Liniers Cattle Market in Buenos Aires
Client: Unit of Special Projects Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin (UPE-CUMAR), and the Directorate-General for International Relations and Cooperation, Buenos Aires City Government

The Long-Term Sustainability of the Two Bridges Waterfront Community
Client: Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

The Costs and Benefits of Transitioning the Staten Island Ferry to Liquefied Natural Gas
Client: Ferry Division, New York City Department of Transportation

Summer 2014

Evaluating the Living Building Challenge Building Standard in New York City
Client: International Living Future Institute

Spring 2014

Living on the Edge: Understanding the Sustainability of Small-Scale Agriculture in Urban and Periurban Mexico City and Puebla
Client: Instituto de Recursos Renovables (IRRI), Sistema Biobolsa (SB) and Isla Urbana (IU), Mexico

Bringing Newark’s Water and Sewer Systems into the 21st Century
Client: Newark Water Group

Designing Self-Sustaining Business Model for Innovation Africa
Client: Innovation Africa

Creating Effective Environmental Management Systems
Client: Federal Transit Administration

Navigating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Data for Foundations
Client: Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

Fall 2013

From Promise to Fruition: An Analysis of How a Sustainability Initiative Develops Through the Networks of C40 Cities
Client: The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40)

Climate Change Adaptation Planning
Client: Central Park Conservancy Institute

Leveraging the Co-benefits of Green Infrastructure in New York City
Client: New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Improving Sustainability Through Behavior Change
Client: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Design of a Building Energy Retrofitting Program for Montenegro
Client: Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro

Summer 2013

Developing a High-Impact Cleantech Innovation Program
Client: The Climate Group

Spring 2013

Living on the Edge – Integrating Renewable Resource Strategies on the Urban Periphery in Oaxaca, Mexico
Clients: Instituto Internacional de Recursos Renovables (irri) Mexico, The Yansa Group, The Ashoka Foundation Mexico

Opportunities for Climate Resilience: The Beaches of Stamford, CT
Client: City of Stamford, Land Use Bureau

Sustainability Certification System For Tourism Companies In Chile
Client: Chilean Federation of Tourism Enterprises, FEDETUR

Energy Systems for New York City Multifamily and Commercial Buildings,
Client: New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Developing a Business Plan for New Jersey Audubon
Client: New Jersey Audubon

Fall 2012

Transforming NRDC Headquarters into a Net Zero Energy Facility
Client: Natural Resources Defense Council

Business Plan for the Healthy Urban Tree Initiative in New York City
Client: The Nature Conservancy

Stormwater Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation
Client: New York State Department of Transportation

Assessment of the Potential to Divert Commercial Organic Waste from Landfills
Client: City of New York, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

Resilient Sustainable Communities: Integrating Hazard Mitigation and Sustainability in Local Planning
Clients: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Summer 2012

Sustainability Reporting and the Natural Resources Defense Council
Client: The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Spring 2012

Development of a New Communications Strategy for Freshkills Park
Client: New York City Parks Department

Identification of Pervious Pavement Opportunities in NYC
Client: New York City Department of Transportation

Mashomack Preserve: Sustainability Strategies for Renovating in a Sensitive Ecosystem
Client: The Nature Conservancy

New Award Metrics for Sustainability
Client: King Abdullah II Center for Excellent (KACFE)

Insurance, Climate Change and Flood Resilience in New York City
Client: City of New York, Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

Fall 2011

Sustainability Strategies for Transit‐Oriented Development
Client: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Regional Plan Association

Corporate Strategies to Increase Market Share of Sustainably Managed Forest Products
Client: GreenBlue

Benchmarking Climate Change Adaptation Planning for the City of Philadelphia
Client: Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

Sustainability Metrics & Targets: Albany 2030
Client: City of Albany

Spring 2011

PlaNYC 2.0 Solid Waste Management Initiatives
Client: New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

Climate Change Resiliency and Sustainable Design at the Port Authority of NY & NJ
Client: The Port Authority of NY & NJ