Established in March 2017 as a platform to advocate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the annual EQUINOX* Week and Symposium are dedicated to socio-economic-ecological impacts of sustainability. The initiative advances a diverse set of interdisciplinary programs -- catalyzing local and global collaboration among institutions of higher education, professionals, policy makers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates.

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. Through diverse disciplinary lenses, the EQUINOX focuses on the interconnected UN SDGs to promote innovative concepts and practices in sustainability from micro to macro scales -- for people and planet.

* 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 the ringing of UN Peace Bell to call for the world justice and peace.



We look forward to you joining us during the 2019 EQUINOX multi/interdisciplinary programs across the KSU two campuses.

 EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019, 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Location: Design II BLDG. Auditorium | Marietta Campus . KSU

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The registration is free but required due to the limited space available.

Symposium Schedule

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Symposium Schedule



March 18th – 28th, 2019 | Kennesaw + Marietta Campuses


Date: Monday, March 18th, 2019, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: University Room CDE . Carmichael Student Center | Kennesaw Campus

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    Forum Schedule

  • March 20th

    • UN International Day of Happiness (well-being)

    March 21st

    • Solar Spring 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
    • UNESCO World Poetry Day

    March 22nd

    • UN International Day of Water 

    March 23rd

    • UN World Meteorological Day
    • National Energy Education Day
  • Join us for the 2019 Spring EQUINOX Week.

    We seek proposals on socio-economic-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.


    UN Goals

    The proposal submission includes: 

    • Event TitleEvent Related UN SDGs and/or UN Days-Themes
    • Event Type – Delivery format
    • Event Description
    • Event Date(s)
    • Event Location(s)
    • Organizers' Info 



Date: March 18th - March 28th, 2019

Location: ARCH Gallery | Marrietta Campus | KSU

Organizer & Advisory Board

  • Pegah Zamani, Ph.D. 
    Presidential Commission on Sustainability | Office of Diversity and Inclusion Associate Professor | Department of Architecture . College of Architecture and Construction Management

  • Internal Advisory Board

    Erik Malewski, Ph.D. 
    Chief Diversity Officer | Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
    Professor of Curriculum Studies 

    Tony Rizzuto, Ph.D.
    Chair and Associate Professor | Department of Architecture. College of Architecture and Construction Management

    Binbin Jiang, Ph.D.
    Executive Director | Division of Global Affairs
    Director of CIFAL Atlanta and Professor of International Education, Leadership and Research 

    Thomas J. Yannuzzi, Ph.D.
    Executive Director | Department of Student Leadership and Service

    External Advisory Board

    Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D.
    Applied Anthropologist
    Director |  Serve-Learn-Sustain, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Co-founder and Co-lead | RCE Greater Atlanta, officially acknowledged by the United Nations University
    Member | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

    Fatemeh Shafiei, Ph.D.
    Chair and Associate Professor | Department of Political Science
    Director | Environmental Studies. Spelman College

    Suzanne Haerther, LEED® AP BD+C 
    Project Manager| U.S. Green Building Council – Georgia

    M. Shane Totten, AIA, BIT Aide, LEED AP BD+C
    Director |  Education + Research . Southface

    Michael P. Black, Ph.D.
    Neuroscience Institute | Georgia State University

    Daniel Rochberg
    Chief Strategy Officer | Emory University's Climate@Emory initiative
    Instructor | Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and Department of Environmental Science

Sponsors, Partners & Student Organizations

    • unitar


      United Nations Institute for Training and Research

    • CIFAL

      CIFAL Atlanta

      International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders / Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders


    • KSU Division of Global Affairs

      Division of Global Affairs


    • KSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

      Office of Diversity and Inclusion


    • KSU Dept. of Architecture

      Department of Architecture - College of Architecture and Construction Management



    • AIAS

      American Institute of Architecture Students

      Lead Students:

      Gabi Hernandez
      Marysia LaRosa
      Nelly Mehrjerdian
      Michelle Nguyen
      Christine Vu
      Steven Yang

    • NOMAS

      The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students

      Lead Students:

      Joshua Robinson

    • APX

      Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity

      Lead Students:

      Erin Lyttle
      Jamison Owen



  • Contact

    For further information contact Dr. Pegah Zamani, College of Architecture and Construction Management.


    • Past Event Archive

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        Tuesday, March 20:

        UN International Day of Happiness

        Marietta Campus | ARCH N BLDG: PIT + Gallery | 11:00AM - 1:30PM

        • Opening: EQUINOX_Exhibit
        • EQUINOX Lecture Series: Happiness
        • Tour: Campus Sustainability

        Wednesday, March 21: 

        UN Day of Forest, Racial Discrimination Elimination, Poetry, Nowruz

        Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

        Kennesaw Campus | Prillaman BLDG: Indoor Plaza | 9:30AM - 2:30PM

        • EQUINOX SYMPOSIUM: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
        • Farmers Market Spring Festival

        Thursday, March 22: 

        UN Day of Water

        Kennesaw Campus | SC302, Science Laboratory: Atrium, Campus Green | 11:30AM - 2:30PM

        • EQUINOX Lecture Series: Water
        • The Oasis
        • Campus Sustainability Tour
        • Event: KSU OwlSwap Location: Campus Green

        Friday, March 23: 

        National Energy Education Day

        Marietta Campus | ARCH N BLDG: PIT + Gallery | 9:30AM - 1:30PM

        • EQUINOX Forum: Energy and Built Environment
        • Tour: Solar Energy on Campus

        Saturday, March 24:

        Earth HOUR

        Kennesaw Campus | Austin Residence Complex II: Green | 7:30PM - 9:30PM

        • Global Climate Change Action

        March 21 - 27

        • UN Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination 

        EQUINOX_Exhibit 2018

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