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.
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.
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EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs
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.
Sustainability Career Pathways
Career Exploration Day
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.
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.
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
Binbin Jiang, Ph.D.
Executive Director | Division of Global Affairs
Director of CIFAL Atlanta and Professor of International Education, Leadership and Research
External Advisory Board
Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D.
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
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
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 Dr. Pegah Zamani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors & Partners
For further information contact Dr. Pegah Zamani, College of Architecture and Construction Management.
Past Event Archive
2019 | 3rd Annual EQUINOX
EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs
Date: Mar 20, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Design 2 Building (I2), Auditorium | Marietta Campus
EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs
Date: Mar 18, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.View 2019 Forum Schedule
Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room CDE | Kennesaw Campus
United Nation + National Days/Themes
- UN International Day of Happiness (well-being)
- 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
- UN International Day of Water
- UN World Meteorological Day
- National Energy Education Day
Date: Mar 18 – Mar 28, 2019
Location: Architecture Building (N), Gallery | Marietta Campus
2018 | 2nd Annual EQUINOXView 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:
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 2018View 2018 Exhibition Schedule
2017 | 1st Annual EQUINOXUnder Construction