Green Week 2009
Green Week 2009 took place the first week in April and featured a series of exhibitions, competitions, films, talks, hands-on activities and much more. All Green Week events occurred on the Brooklyn Campus and were free and open to the public. Green Week was hosted by Sustainable Pratt, and sponsored by Con Edison, New York Power Authority, Pratt’s Center for Sustainable Design Studies, NYPIRG, and the Prattstore.
Sustainable Pratt, which hosted Green Week, is an organization of Pratt’s faculty, administration, and students that works to integrate sustainability into Pratt’s curricula, operations, and programs. Interior Design Professor Tetsu Ohara served as Green Week 2009 Planning Committee chair. More information about Sustainable Pratt can be found at www.sustainablepratt.org.
On Monday, March 30th, Green Week was kicked off by the New York Public Interest Research Group’s (NYPIRG) Introduction to Green Week, which focused on sustainable transportation. Green transportation and bicycle safety was also encouraged through a Department of Transportation (DOT) Free Bicycle Helmet Giveaway, where riders could get a free helmet that was properly fitted to them on-site.
On Tuesday, Solar Punch performed, harnessing solar energy to make music that spread positive ideas about renewable energy, environmental awareness, and climate action.
A “For the Birds” installation featured works by Pratt foundation and writing students that would invite songbirds to campus for Green Week. Students from Interior Design, Architecture, Urban Planning and Industrial Design also created a number of exhibits and projects that focused on sustainability in their respective fields.
The week continued with a lecture by the Audobon Society and FXFOWLE about the creation of a LEED Platinum Interior at the Audobon’s Manhattan headquarters. Heidi Hutner, an associate professor at SUNY Stony Brook spoke about Ecofeminism, and Design Green Now hosted a panel discussion that highlighted sustainable materials, product life cycles, and social impact. Reverend Billy – Green Party mayoral nominee, activist, and performance artist – screened his satirical film What Would Jesus Buy that commented on the commercialization of Christmas and its related over-consumption.
To close out the week there was a Biomimicry workshop for faculty, sponsored by the CSDS, in Pratt Studios.