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Imagine being able to spend one amazing day immersed in learning about sustainable design—and meeting the people who have pioneered new thinking and practices. On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Pratt’s CSDS will present the 9th Annual Sustainability Crash Course, a day-long series of workshops with a host of experts from Pratt’s sustainable design faculty and elsewhere. With over 20 speakers, it is sure to be a fantastic day of exploration and inspiration! Registration required.


PRESENTATION SCHEDULE


Session 1: 9:30 am - 10:20 am

1A: Progress of Green Roof Design and Construction - Brent Porter | Professor, Pratt Institute
1B: Research and Opportunities in the New Landscape of Sustainability - Moderated by Tara St James - Brooklyn Fashion + Deign Accelerator, Amanda Grogan - Founder, Make It Black, Vanessa Siverls - Founder, BUPeriod, Russell Joye - Founder, Mickey's


Session 2: 10:30 am - 11:20 am


2A: Effective Plastic Bag Policy and Mapping Global Legislation - Jennie Romer and Korin Tangtrakul | Plastic Pollution Coalition

2B: Workshop: Winning strong climate policy in New York State: Part 1 of 2 - Nicole Crescimanno | New York State Director of Our Climate

2C: Sustainability, Technology and Culture Change - Richa Agarwal | Managing Director of the BFDA


Session 3: 11:30 am - 12:20 pm


3A: How Entrepreneurship Can Tackle the Environmental Crisis - Antonia Saint Dunbar | Co-Founder/CEO, Antonia Saint NY Co-Founder/Owner, Brooklyn Shoe Factory Co-Founder/Co-Inventor, THINX and Icon

3B: Workshop: Winning strong climate policy in New York State: Part 2 of 2 - Nicole Crescimanno | New York State Director of Our Climate
3C: Combating Climate Change with Art, Activism and Local Government - Brandi Merolla | Artist/Activist/Councilwoman


LUNCH ON YOUR OWN: 12:20 pm - 1:30 pm


Session 4: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

4A: The New York Transit Museum: Telling the Transit Story - Jodi Shapiro | Associate Curator NY Transit Museum
4B: Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions from NYC Buildings - Practice and Policy - Richard Leigh | Professor, Pratt Institute
4C: Life Cycle Analysis Library and Beta Tool for Sustainable Cultural Heritage Preservation and Exhibition Practices - Sarah Nunberg | Chief Conservator, Center for Research of Art and Design Materials, Head of Collection


Session 5: 2:40 pm - 3:30 pm


5A: Cooperating for a Sustainable Future Panel - Lindsay Reichart & participants from the Greene Hill Food Co-Op; Ahmad Shaibani, Shakima Williams-Jones, Amanda Pitts, Jennifer Potter
5B: The Benefits of Inquiry: Affecting the Impact of Design, A Presentation by Faculty from Sustainable Design Certificate Program - Kat Choate & Daniel Penge: Processes and Materials, Design Theory & Practice; Tetsu Ohara: Biomimicry & Interior Environmental Quality; Joelle Danant - Program Director
5C: Just Sustainability: Sure We Can Brooklyn - Christine Hegel, Ph.D., Western Connecticut State University


Session 6: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Keynote Panel: Making the Green New Deal Actionable in our Community - Presented by Pratt GCPE, the SES program, LEAP, and NYPIRG

Elizabeth Moran | Environmental Policy Director - NYPIRG

Annel Hernandez | Associate Director - NYC Environmental Justice Alliance

Cecil Corbin-Mark | Deputy Director, Director of Policy Initiatives - WE ACT for Environmental Justice


PRESENTATION DESCRIPTIONS


Richa Agarwal | Managing Director of the BFDA - Sustainability, Technology and Culture Change


Research and Opportunities in the New Landscape of Sustainability

Moderated by Tara St James - Brooklyn Fashion + Deign Accelerator

Amanda Grogan - Founder, Make It Black

Vanessa Siverls - Founder, BUPeriod

Russell Joye - Founder, Mickey's

Brent Porter on “Progress of Green Roof Design and Construction

After teaching about "green roofs" at Pratt Institute School of Architecture for several years and as the architect for three "green roof" projects completed or under construction, Prof. Porter will present an update to the acceptance of planted roof coverage at the proper depth, recommended plants, incorporation of materials and necessary structural enhancement of existing roofs, as well as long range maintenance including irrigation when needed. The collection, recycling and storage of storm water and gray water for year round moisture levels has become an important issue concerning "green roofs." Examples of projects in Brooklyn will be shown as well as installations nationally and worldwide.

Workshop: Nicole Crescimanno - New York State Director of Our Climate, “Winning strong climate policy in New York State: Part 1 of 2

The workshop will cover the details of two climate bills Our Climate and the New York Renews coalition are advocating for at the state level - the Climate and Community Protection Act and the Climate and Community Investment Act. Participants will learn how to effectively advocate for strong climate policy in New York and have an opportunity to practice these skills in small groups.

Format:

1) Presentation on the CCPA and CCIA

2) Update on state of bills in the Senate and Assembly and the process for moving the bill forward and getting the CCPA passed during the 2019 legislative session

3) Exercise: participants will learn how to effectively prepare and speak with their own elected officials by partaking in a practice lobby meeting in small groups. Participants will write short postcards to their own elected officials urging them to take strong action on climate. THIS SESSION WILL CONTINUE INTO THE 11AM HOUR IN PART 2.

Lecture: Jennie Romer and Korin Tangtrakul, “Plastic Pollution Laws: effective policy and mapping global legislation

Jennie Romer, Esq. will give an overview of plastic bag law legislation and the key components to writing effective plastic reduction laws, including NYC Council's blocked 5-cent bag fee law. Korin Tangtrakul, a graduate of Pratt's Urban Environmental Systems Management graduate program in the School of Architecture, will discuss designing Plastic Pollution Coalition's global map of plastic reduction laws. Korin's presentation will focus on the design challenges of communicating policy elements in a visual form.

Workshop: Nicole Crescimanno - New York State Director of Our Climate, “Winning strong climate policy in New York State: Part 2 of 2

The workshop will cover the details of two climate bills Our Climate and the New York Renews coalition are advocating for at the state level - the Climate and Community Protection Act and the Climate and Community Investment Act. Participants will learn how to effectively advocate for strong climate policy in New York and have an opportunity to practice these skills in small groups.

Format:

1) Presentation on the CCPA and CCIA

2) Update on state of bills in the Senate and Assembly and the process for moving the bill forward and getting the CCPA passed during the 2019 legislative session

3) Exercise: participants will learn how to effectively prepare and speak with their own elected officials by partaking in a practice lobby meeting in small groups. Participants will write short postcards to their own elected officials urging them to take strong action on climate.

Lecture: Christine Hegel-Cantarella, Professor Western Connecticut State University on “Just Sustainability: Sure We Can Brooklyn

This talk will introduce Sure We Can Brooklyn (SWC). SWC WAS FOUNDED IN 2007 TO PROVIDE CANNERS -PEOPLE WHO COLLECT CANS AND BOTTLES FROM THE STREETS- A WELCOMING PLACE TO REDEEM AND CONNECT WITH OTHERS ENGAGED IN THE SAME ENDEAVOR. SWC IS THE ONLY NON-PROFIT HOMELESS-FRIENDLY REDEMPTION CENTER IN NYC.

Many canners face economic, emotional, educational and language barriers that limit their possibilities for full participation in society. SWC was founded by canners for canners. A group led by Ana de Luco and Eugene Gadsden, started SWC to improve their working and living conditions, and address the hardships of those who make a living by collecting and redeeming discarded cans and bottles.

SWC has grown each year, and in 2015 processed approximately 10 million cans and bottles for redemption. Today, SWC’s more than 400 canners have a place to store, organize, and exchange what they have collected. In addition, through educational activities and programs for schools and universities, SWC is promoting sustainability, recycling and composting.


Lecture: Brandi Merolla | Artist/Activist/Councilwoman - "Combating Climate Change with Art, Activism and Local Government"

When the gasmen descended upon upstate NY in 2007, artist Brandi Merolla began to read the science and produced art to inform residents about the environmental dangers of fracking. Her visual and vocal activism continued for 8 years. Then when NYS banned fracking, she won a seat as town councilwoman in order to bring sustainable energy solutions to her town, and help transform Narrowsburg, NY into a Climate Smart Community.

Lecture: Jodi Shapiro, Associate Curator NY Transit Museum. “The New York Transit Museum: Telling the Transit Story.”

Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Associate Curator Jodi Shapiro will discuss aspects of the Museum’s collection and exhibitions in this talk that illuminates some of the history of New York City’s sustainable transit systems.

Lecture: Richard Leigh (Professor, Pratt Institute) on “Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions from NYC Buildings - Practice and Policy”

Roundup of dramatically reducing energy use in buildings and reviewing NYC's policies, from Benchmarking through Audits & RetroCx to today's proposals for actual limits on emissions with fines for offenders.”

Lecture: Sarah Nunberg (Professor, Pratt) and/or Matt Eckelman (Professor, Northeastern University) on “Life Cycle Analysis Library and Beta Tool for Sustainable Cultural Heritage Preservation and Exhibition Practices”

Custodians of cultural heritage have begun to employ Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental impact of materials and actions that curators, conservators, registrars and art handlers employ. This presentation discusses a US-based, federally-funded project established to create a free online library housed with LCA of materials and methods related to preservation of cultural heritage. The project will also produce an LCA beta tool that provides collections care professionals with guidance to achieve sustainable goals through informed choices.

The presentation reports on two of the three LCAs, both addressing different aspects of maintaining cultural heritage: cleaning methods and their environmental and human health impact, and cradle-to-gate impact of manufacturing, using and displaying three seventeenth and eighteenth century silver objects.

Lindsay Reichart | Greene Hill Food Co-Op on “Building sustainable food systems in Brooklyn.

Run entirely by members, the Greene Hill Food Co-Op values the spirit of democratic cooperation in which each individual has a voice, and each member-owner works to support the Co-op. The Co-op offers a range of local, affordable, organic, and sustainable food and household products. As neighbors, the Co-op strives to reflect the community in which we live, and we actively work to ensure that the Co-op is accessible to all. We seek to develop the Co-op as an ethical entity, using transparent and socially responsible buying and selling practices.

The Benefits of Inquiry: Affecting the Impact of Design

Presentation by Three Faculty from Sustainable Design Certificate Program

Tetsu Ohara: Biomimicry & Interior Environmental Quality

Joelle Danant - Program Director

Kat Choate / Daniel Penge: Processes and Materials, Design Theory & Practice

https://www.pratt.edu/academics/continuing-education-and-professional/pro-certificate-programs/sustainable-design/


How Entrepreneurship Can Tackle the Environmental Crisis - Antonia Saint Dunbar | Co-Founder/CEO, Antonia Saint NY Co-Founder/Owner, Brooklyn Shoe Factory Co-Founder/Co-Inventor, THINX and Icon

As the world we live in gets more complex and resources more limited, we are increasingly in need of good design and problem solving. In this engaging talk, you will hear from Antonia Saint Dunbar, the Co-Founder of several innovative companies such as THINX (Time's Top 25 Inventions and #37 on the Inc 5000) and Antonia Saint NY ($2M in revenue in 60 days at launch), and how she led the design of the products that would generate sustainable solutions that solved an unmet, and sometimes taboo, need.

Key Takeaway: Learn how to take an idea from concept and creation, to a business that can grow and impact the world.

Keynote Panel: Making the Green New Deal Actionable in our Community
Presented by LEAP

Elizabeth Moran | Environmental Policy Director - NYPIRG

Annel Hernandez | Associate Director - NYC Environmental Justice Alliance

Cecil Corbin-Mark | Deputy Director, Director of Policy Initiatives - WE ACT for Environmental Justice

As a response to the most recent International Panel for Climate Change report, detailing a dire 12-year timeline to rectify the runaway emissions of greenhouse gases that threaten our existence on this planet, political figures and movements across the country have put forward policy proposals to support a transition to renewable energy and sustainable development reinforced by a green economy, called the Green New Deal (GND). The policy package at the federal level has parallels at the state level, particularly with New York State's Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA). Most importantly, Climate Justice advocates have been formulating similar proposals that include provisions to rectify historic environmental burdens for years. How can community members, political figures, and designers work together to ensure that our new green economy is truly transformative, intersectional, and serves us all?

This keynote panel discussion will (1) summarize and explore the potential impacts of the current green economy policy landscape, with specific attention to the GND and the CCPA; (2) acknowledge and discuss the work being done by EJ/CJ front line communities and their organizations to ensure a Just Transition to a sustainable economy that addresses historic, systemic, inequitable environmental burdens on these communities, and (3) begin to frame how design students, professionals, and academics can better interact with front line communities and their representative organizations by advocating policies, collaborating on workforce training, and working together on innovative projects to nurture a more just, sustainable and resilient future!




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