Sustainability Crash Course 2018

Engineering Building, Brooklyn Campus
March 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Pratt’s CSDS will host the 8th annual Sustainability Crash Course, a day-long series of presentations, panel discussions, and workshops with a host of experts from Pratt’s faculty and elsewhere. In years past we have had over 20 different speakers present topics including Ecology, Biomimicry, Packaging Design, Life-Cycle Assessment, Fashion, Architecture, Policy, and Environmental Activism. This year we have an entirely new line up of exciting and inspiring presenters. As in the past, the event is free and open to the Pratt Community as well as the general public, but registration is required. View the Eventbrite page to RSVP.


9–9:15 AM
Registration. Please sign in on the 1st Floor of the Engineering Building on Pratt’s Brooklyn Campus

9:15–10 AM : Session 1
Session 1A: Sustainable Fashion is Personal: The Industry’s Impact on Workers, Communities and YOU
Alexandra P. McNair – Founder, Fashion FWD

Session 1B: Up Sh*t’s Creek: Creative Approaches to Organizing in Flushing, Queens
Cody Ann Herrmann – Artist and Grassroots Organizer

Session 1C: Green Roofs & Machu Picchu
Brent Porter – Adjunct Professor of the School of Architecture

10–10:10 AM : Break

10:10–10:55 AM: Session 2
Session 2A: Digital Storytelling: How To Create Authentic Content and Grow Your Business Online
Sam Dagirmanjian – Co-Founder of Storey Inc.

Session 2B: MAKING CONTACT… Music of the Plant
Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower – RN, Clinical Herbalist

Session 2C: Reimagining Waste
Josh Draper – Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Principal, PrePost

10:55–11:05 AM: Break

11:05–11:50 AM: Session 3
Session 3A: What you wear tells who you are. Speak well.
Althea Simons – Founder/designer/CEO of Grammar NYC

Session 3B: Climate Futures, Building Futures, City Futures – Getting New York City Ready for Tomorrow
Richard W. Leigh – PhD, PE, LEED AP, Visiting Professor of Physics at Pratt Institute

Session 3C: Biomimicry: Interior Design Strategies and Examples
Tetsu Ohara – Pratt Institute, Interior Design Department

11:50 AM–1 PM: Lunch Break

1–2:20 PM: Session 4
Session 4A: Weaving Culture and Sustainable Fashion
Melissa Eidson – Director & Producer
Manfred Lopez Grem – Cinematographer (Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca)
Dana Schlieman – Editor

Session 4B: What’s in my Water?
Kayla Fennelly – Project Coordinator NYPIRG

Session 4C: Citizen Enforcement Can Eliminate Vehicle Idiling
George Pakenham – Filmaker

2:20–2:30 PM: Break

2:30–3:15 PM: Session 5
Session 5A: Field notes: The Global Organic Textile Standard and Sustainability
Ely Battalen – Sustainability Consultant and Educator

Session 5B: Pratt Envirolutions

3:15–3:25 PM : Break

3:25–4:45 PM: Keynote Panel: THE TRUMP EFFECT: Women, Weapons & Weather
Brenna Cohen – NYC District Environmental Coordinator for Patagonia
Debera Johnson – Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion +Design Accelerator
Susan Lerner – Executive Director for Common Cause NY
Mireia lopez – Creative Director and Founder of Milo Tricot
Nantasha Williams – Women’s March


Pratt strives to make all programs, services and activities accessible, and will provide assistance to accommodate any individuals with disabilities. Security personnel, located at booths at 200 Willoughby Avenue and other campus locations, are available for assistance. Additional accessibility resources are available at



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