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
The registration is free but required due to the limited space available.
Click on the image to open:
EQUINOX Week: UN SDGs
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
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
Call for Proposals
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.
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.
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
Sponsors & Partners