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 global-local framework. The initiative seeks to catalyze and advance pathways of multidisciplinary scholarship and partnership among institutions of higher education, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates. The multi-sponsored annual EQUINOX Week has been organized through a diverse set of multidisciplinary programs and initiatives across the KSU both campuses.

Civil society, industries, and several governments, along with the United Nations, have been 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 research, scholarship, 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.

Sustainable Development Goals - 17 goals to transform our world

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. Promoting the KSU R2 Roadmap 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_Exhbit; Sustainable Development Awards; EQUINOX FORUM: Sustainability through Multiple Lenses; and Sustainable Development Career Pathways. 

We look forward to you joining us.  

4th Annual EQUINOX Week: 

  • Date: Mar 16 – 21, 2020
  • Location: Kennesaw State University, Marrietta & Kennesaw Campuses 

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Call for proposals is now CLOSED. 

EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs

Date: Monday, Mar 16, 2020
Location: Kennesaw State University – Design 2 (I2) Building Auditorium 

The annual EQUINOX Symposium is focused on the 17 interconnected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to catalyze multidisciplinary partnership and scholarship on sustainability. The initiative was among one of the first symposiums in the region dedicated to the UN SDGs.

The 4th Annual EQUINOX Symposium focuses on the intersections of Goal #3 Good Health and well-being and Goal #13 Climate Action as the event theme.

Green icon saying "Good Health and Well-Being" and "Climate Action".






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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.

Registration Deadline: Monday, Feb 3, 2020

Submission Deadline: Monday, Mar 2, 2020

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Date: Mar 16 – 21, 2020
Location: Kennesaw State University – Architecture Building (N) Gallery 

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

    Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

    Ronald H. Matson, Ph.D.
    Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology
    Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs

    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

    • RCE Greater Atlanta Area logo with a colorful wheel on the right side of the text.

      RCE Greater Atlanta

      Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development

      Acknowledged by:
      United Nations University

    • Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) logo in black text.


      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 Inclusion


    • KSU Dept. of Architecture

      Department of Architecture - College of Architecture and Construction Management



    • AIAS

      American Institute of Architecture Students

      2019 | Lead Students:

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

    • NOMAS

      The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students

      2019 | Lead Students:

      Joshua Robinson

    • APX

      Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity

      2019 | Lead Students:

      Erin Lyttle
      Jamison Owen



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

Past Event Archive

  • EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs

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

    View 2019 Symposium Schedule


     EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs

    Date: Monday, March 18th, 2019, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
    Location: University Room CDE . Carmichael Student Center | 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: March 18th - March 28th, 2019
    Location: ARCH Gallery | Marietta Campus | KSU

  • View 2018 Forum Schedule

    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

    View 2018 Exhibition Schedule
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