If it’s late March, that means it is time for Pratt Institute’s annual Green Week series of events. This year’s schedule kicks off with the Sustainability Crash Course this Saturday from 9-4:30pm. Admission is free, but registration is required. The schedule:
9:00 – 9:15 am
Registration. Please sign in on the 1st Floor of the Engineering Building on Pratt’s Brooklyn Campus
9:15 – 10:00 am : Session 1
Session 1A: Sustainable Fashion is Personal: The Industry’s Impact on Workers, Communities and YOU
Alexandra P. McNair – Founder, Fashion FWD
Session 1B: Up Sh*t’s Creek: Creative Approaches to Organizing in Flushing, Queens
Cody Ann Herrmann – Artist and Grassroots Organizer
Session 1C: Green Roofs & Machu Picchu
Brent Porter – Adjunct Professor of the School of Architecture
10:00 – 10:10 am : Break
10:10 – 10:55 am : Session 2
Session 2A: Digital Storytelling: How To Create Authentic Content and Grow Your Business Online
Sam Dagirmanjian – Co-Founder of Storey Inc.
Session 2B: MAKING CONTACT… Music of the Plant
Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower – RN, Clinical Herbalist
Session 2C: Reimagining Waste
Josh Draper – Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Principal, PrePost
10:55 – 11:05 am : Break
11:05 – 11:50 am : Session 3
Session 3A: What you wear tells who you are. Speak well.
Althea Simons – Founder/designer/CEO of Grammar NYC
Session 3B: Climate Futures, Building Futures, City Futures – Getting New York City Ready for Tomorrow
Richard W. Leigh – PhD, PE, LEED AP, Visiting Professor of Physics at Pratt Institute
Session 3C: Biomimicry: Interior Design Strategies and Examples
Tetsu Ohara – Pratt Institute, Interior Design Department
11:50 am – 1:00 pm : Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:20 pm: Session 4
Session 4A: Weaving Culture and Sustainable Fashion
Melissa Eidson – Director & Producer
Manfred Lopez Grem – Cinematographer (Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca)
Dana Schlieman – Editor
Session 4B: What’s in my Water?
Kayla Fennelly – Project Coordinator NYPIRG
Session 4C: Citizen Enforcement Can Eliminate Vehicle Idiling
George Pakenham – Filmaker
2:20 – 2:30 pm : Break
2:30 – 3:15 pm : Session 5
Session 5A: Field notes: The Global Organic Textile Standard and Sustainability
Ely Battalen – Sustainability Consultant and Educator
Session 5B: Take Back the Tap
Jennifer E. Telesca – Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute
Rebecca Welz – Adjunct Professor – CCE, Adjunct Professor – CCEFoundation Art, Industrial Design
Ira Stern – Chief of the Natural Resources Division for the NYCDEP Bureau of Water Supply
3:15 – 3:25 pm : Break
3:25 – 4:45 pm: Keynote Panel: THE TRUMP EFFECT: Women, Weapons & Weather
Brenna Cohen – NYC District Environmental Coordinator for Patagonia
Debera Johnson – Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion +Design Accelerator
Susan Lerner – Executive Director for Common Cause NY
Mireia lopez – Creative Director and Founder of Milo Tricot
Nantasha Williams – Women’s March
The opening reception for Green Week will take place Tuesday at 12:30pm in Higgins Hall. We’ll have music, food, and beverages, and details about the several events taking place during the week.
I will speak as part of two Green Week events. On Thursday at 12:30 in ARC E-02, several faculty will present Pecha Kucha style presentations showcasing Environmental Awareness/Sustainability integration in their classes, and I will discuss field events in one or two SSCS-housed Sustainability seminars.
At the end of the week (March 30-31), Pratt’s Global South Center holds the Archipelagos and Aquapelagos conference in the Alumni Reading Room from 11am to 5pm. About two dozen scholars from all over the world will discuss the prominence of water in the shaping of contemporary cities. Several members of Pratt’s Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies will present; my own presentation will investigate several ways waste informs the past, present, and future of Newtown Creek.
Those are just a few of the events taking place this week; consult the full schedule at the Pratt Sustainability Coalition website.