Patrick Robbins

Project & Communications Manager, Institute for Sustainable Design

Patrick Robbins is a writer and researcher who focuses on climate change and environmental policy in his work. He received his BA in English from Boston University in 2008 and his MA from Columbia University’s Climate and Society program in 2011. Prior to joining CUISD, Patrick worked primarily in the nonprofit sector. He spent years working as a grant writer for a prisoner reentry nonprofit, one year working for the American Red Cross and a summer working for ICLEI USA, an international nonprofit that assists in small-scale climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. Patrick has contributed to numerous publications ranging from an upcoming policy textbook by Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility on disaster risk management to blogs such as Capital New York and Coldtype to ICLEI USA’s guidebook “Climate Communications for Local Governments.” Patrick was born and raised in NYC. In his spare time, he writes fiction and throws a monthly retro soul party in Brooklyn.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.