Established in March 2017 as a platform to advocate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the annual EQUINOX: UN SDGs is dedicated to socio-economic-ecological impacts of sustainability within the local-global framework. The initiative seeks to catalyze and advance pathways of scholarship and partnership through interdisciplinary, and inter-institutional programs focused on the UN SDGs -- involving local/national/international presenters and participants. 

The multi-sponsored annual EQUINOX Week initiates and unfolds a diverse set of multidisciplinary programs across the KSU both campuses in cross-sectoral dialogue about the SDGs. To foster cross-pollination, team-formation, and actions on the UN SDGs; the EQUINOX brings together institutions of higher education, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates. Through various disciplinary lenses, the EQUINOX focuses on the interconnected UN SDGs to promote innovative research, scholarship, and practices in sustainability from micro to macro scales – for people, and the 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. 

Sustainable Development Goals - 17 goals to transform our world

The annual EQUINOX Symposium is focused on the interconnected Sustainable Development Goals to catalyze interdisciplinary partnership and scholarship on sustainability. A multi-sponsored platform with invited international, regional, and local speakers, the initiative was among one of the first symposiums in the region dedicated to the UN SDGs. 

Annual EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs

The multi-sponsored annual EQUINOX Week is a full week of multidisciplinary events across the KSU both campuses focused on the Sustainable Development Goals -- involving student volunteering programs, educational research sessions, and networking opportunities. Promoting strategic and shared goals, the EQUINOX Week seeks to advance multidisciplinary research and collaboration among the KSU colleges and community through various programs, including the annual EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs; EQUINOX_Exhibit; Sustainable Development Awards; EQUINOX FORUM: Sustainability through Multiple Lenses; and Sustainable Development Career Pathways.

We look forward to you joining us.   

2022  |  5th Annual EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs 
Date: March 1st- 4th, 2022


Regional Centre Of Expertise On Education For Sustainable Development - RCE Greater Atlanta

Sponsored by: Higher Education Learning Community (HELC) Action Group

RCE Greater AtlantaRCE Greater Atlanta was acknowledged by the United Nations University on December 18, 2017 as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. RCEs support multistakeholder implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development  Goals at the regional level through education and training. The designation makes Atlanta one of over 174 RCEs worldwide. RCE Greater Atlanta brings together universities and colleges from across the Greater Atlanta region with nonprofit, community, government, and business partners - and we are the only RCE in the U.S. with strong leadership and participation from HBCUs.

Higher Education Learning Community (HELC) is an RCE Greater Atlanta action group including faculty and research-active students from Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the University of Georgia. HELC aims to create a dynamic network of research and teaching faculty, practitioners, youth, and community partners in Greater Atlanta who work together to offer research seminars, symposia, curricular resources, teaching workshops, and a variety of publications to advance the SDGs in education, research, and service across campuses in the region as well as among the US (North American) higher education community as a whole.

Friday's event speaker, Mindy Goldstein from Turner Environmental Law Clinic Emory University, will be speaking on Advancing Environmental Justice through Collaborations: Reflections from the Turner Environmental Law Clinic. Download the speaker flyer here.

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EQUINOX_EXHIBIT: Zuckerman Museum of Art Program

Sponsored by: The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA) 

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The multidisciplinary exhibition displays a diverse collection of work from research, and practice focused on sustainability. The wide variety of exhibits promote and present initiatives and efforts of students, educators, researchers, community members, and industry professionals. 

The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art [ZMA] serves as a vital academic resource and cultural focus for the university and members of the community. The ZMA displays significant works from the University’s permanent art collection and regularly exhibits contemporary works of various media by local and internationally-recognized artists. As an academic and artistic arena, the Zuckerman Museum of Art is pleased to partner with the KSU Division of Global Affairs during EQUINOX to facilitate engaging lectures and exhibitions as presented through the lens of artistic practice and visual culture.  

2022  |  5th Annual EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs 
Date: March 1st, 2022



EQUINOX: Sustainability Career Pathways

Sponsored by: Department of Career Planning and Development

Sustainability is an opportunity to discover the different paths you can take within different fields, and to meet a variety of companies that involve work in diverse areas. All majors are encouraged to attend this interdisciplinary event.

2022  |  5th Annual EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs 
Date: March 3rd, 2022

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Sponsored by: KSU CARE Services [in partnership with Goodr, Inc.] 

Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services, mission is to provide access to food, temporary housing, and other supportive services to foster students’ realization of a healthy, stable, and dignified life academically and professionally. Furthermore, to serve as a model of professional excellence and effectiveness by upholding core values of social justice, equity, economic sustainability, and mutual partnership. CARE provides four programs to support KSU students and the community: KSU CARES, Emergency Assistance, AmeriCorps VISTA Network and GEAR UP Georgia Priority Model.

2022  |  5th Annual EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs 
Date: March 2nd, 2022

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Division of Global Affairs

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Year Of Greece

Since 1984, Kennesaw State University has celebrated a different country or region of the world with award winning programming that includes cultural events, well-known scholars and public officials, study abroad programs, and dedicated classes.  Past countries and regions of the world have included the following:  Japan, Morocco, India, Russia, the Portuguese Speaking World, Arabian Peninsula, Ghana.

We are fortunate to celebrate the Year of Greece during Greece’s Bicentennial Anniversary with a full program that draws upon the knowledge and expertise of faculty, staff, and students, as well as the large Greek-American community of Atlanta.

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EQUINOX: Sustainable Development Awards

In the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, higher education institutions are highlighted for playing a critical role in community transformations. Driven from the KSU R2 Roadmap goals, we seek to empower and stimulate student contributions to their campus/local community and the sharing of ideas for advancing the impact of Sustainable Development. The Fourth Annual EQUINOX call for proposals seeks action plans for campuses and communities to integrate Sustainable Development – as grounded in the following five pillars (5 Ps): people, prosperity, planet, partnership and peace. Students -- from all disciplines – are invited to participate and propose innovative initiatives towards implanting the 5 Ps and creating a sustainable and resilient campus/community. The student-led research projects are encouraged to focus on a specific issue from the team’s campus or their local community and offer solutions with a thoroughly integrated approach to overcome the challenge by 2030.

Sponsors, Partners & Student Organizations

Without the generous support of our sponsors and partners, the EQUINOX programs could have not accomplished their shared goals thus far. We look for sponsors and partners to make our programs more collaborative and innovative. To join our team and learn about our sponsorship package, please contact us. 

Further information/questions? Contact:
Dr. Pegah Zamani | College of Architecture and Construction Management

  • RCE Greater Atlanta Area Logo Sponsors

    RCE Greater Atlanta

    Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

    Acknowledged by:
    United Nations University

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    Perkins & Will

    Our studio moves as fast as our city does business. We are as international as our city. We are as rooted to pride of place as our city’s neighborhoods. And we are driven by big ideas.

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    Siemens Industry, Inc.

    Siemens AG is a global technology powerhouse that brings together the digital and physical worlds to benefit customers and society.

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    Atlanta Global Studies Center

  • KSU Office of Research

    Office of Research


  • KSU Division of Global Affairs

    Division of Global Affairs


  • KSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    Office of Diversity and InclusionPresidential Commission on Sustainability


  •  College of Architecture and Construction Management Logo

    College of Architecture and Construction Management


  • Zuckerman Museum of Art EQUINOX Sponsor

    Zuckerman Museum of Art


  • Department of Career Planning Sponsor Logo

    The Department of Career Planning and Development


  • (KSU) Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services Sponsors Logo

    (KSU) Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Services


Student Organizations


  • AIAS

    American Institute of Architecture Students

    2019 | Lead Students:

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


    The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students

    2019 | Lead Students:

    Joshua Robinson

  • APX

    Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity

    2019 | Lead Students:

    Erin Lyttle
    Jamison Owen

Past Event Archive

  • EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs

    Date: Mar 20, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Design 2 Building (I2), Auditorium | Marietta Campus



    Date: Mar 18, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room CDE | Kennesaw Campus

    View 2019 Forum Schedule

    United Nation + National Days/Themes

    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



    Date: Mar 18 – Mar 28, 2019
    Location: Architecture Building (N), Gallery | Marietta Campus

  • View 2018 Forum Schedule

    Tuesday, March 20:

    UN International Day of Happiness

    Architecture Building (N), PIT & Gallery | Marietta Campus | 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    • 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

    Prillaman Hall, Indoor Plaza | Kennesaw Campus | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

    Thursday, March 22: 

    UN Day of Water

    Science Building, Room 302 & Campus Green | Kennesaw Campus | 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

    Friday, March 23: 

    National Energy Education Day

    Architecture Building (N), PIT + Gallery | Marietta Campus | 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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

    Saturday, March 24:

    Earth HOUR

    Austin Residence Complex II: Green | Kennesaw Campus | 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    • Global Climate Change Action

    March 21 - 27

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

    EQUINOX_Exhibit 2018

    View 2018 Exhibition Schedule
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