March 19 - 24, 2018
Established in March 2017 as a platform to raise sustainability awareness, the annual KSU Spring EQUINOX Week is dedicated to a diverse set of socio-ecological events catalyzing interactions among students, scholars, and practitioners from the KSU, and beyond.
Civil society, industries, and several governments along with the United Nations are initiating inclusive, universal, and united efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030 for transforming our world and enhancing the lives of people. The EQUINOX Week aims to promote a dynamic dialogue among the KSU community and other institutions to share knowledge and practical applications with the ambition of advancing a deeper understating of sustainability and its future trajectory -- through diverse disciplinary lenses focusing on the interconnected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for people and planet.
The week opens with the EQUINOX Symposium, and includes multiple events to tie the Spring Equinox (March 21st) and the Earth Hour (March 24th) at the KSU two campuses. The Spring Equinox marks the precise moment of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and of astronomical autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. The Spring Equinox has been an ancestral festivity marking the New Year of several nations around the world. The first Earth Day celebration was also held on the Spring Equinox, March 21st, 1970 (proposed as a global initiative by peace activist John McConnell at the National UNESCO Conference in 1969). The Equinoctial Earth Day has been celebrated by the United Nations annually thereafter with ringing of UN Peace Bell to call for the world justice and peace.
Monday, March 20
- UN International Day of Happiness (well-being)
Tuesday, March 21
- Solar EQUINOX
- UN International Day of Nowruz -- an ancestral festivity marking the New Year of several nations around the world
- UN International Day of Forests
- UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- UN World Poetry Day
Wednesday, March 22
- UN International Day of Water
Thursday, March 23
- UN World Meteorological Day
- National Energy Education Day
Saturday, March 24
- Earth Hour
March 21 - 27
- UN Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination
Invitation: Call for Proposals
Join us for the 2018 Spring EQUINOX Week.
We seek proposals on socio-ecological topics that span multidisciplinary interests and align with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals -- and/or the theme of a specific day during the EQUINOX Week, March 19th-24th.
The proposal submission includes:
- Event Title
- Event Type – the delivery format [installation, exhibition, workshop, lecture, …]
- Event Description -- max 300 words
- Proposed Date(s)
- Proposed Location(s)
- Bio of the proposing organizer(s) – max 100 words
- One image related to the event [e.g. past organized events, …]
Please email the information to email@example.com.
Proposal Submission Deadline: Tuesday Nov 7th, 2017
Selection Announcement: Mid December 2017
NOTE: Submission is open to students, alumni, faculty, staff, professionals, policy makers, and stakeholders. There is no limit in the number of proposals one might submit.
We look forward to you joining us throughout the Spring EQUINOX Week.
For further information contact Dr. Pegah Zamani, College of Architecture and Construction Management.