PRATT INSTITUTE HOSTING SECOND ANNUAL ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABILITY FOR INDEPENDENT COLLEGES OF ART AND DESIGN

PRATT INSTITUTE HOSTING SECOND ANNUAL ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABILITY FOR INDEPENDENT COLLEGES OF ART AND DESIGN

Leaders Exploring the Future of Design Education Through Collaboration

WHO: Pratt Institute is hosting representatives from 30 independent colleges of art and design across North America and three state universities as part of the second annual Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability (PALS) summit (formerly the Pratt Academic Leadership Summit on Sustainability).

Summit fellows were appointed by the presidents of their institutions to participate in a collaborative effort that will link the resources of independent art and design colleges around critical environmental and social issues, and human-centered design.

WHAT: The 2011 PALS summit brings representatives from fellow institutions together to focus on the two following objectives:
Creating performance metrics that will help those in leadership positions at colleges of art and design assess sustainability curricula within academic programs. These metrics will be formed into a take-away presentation that will be implemented by the college presidents following the conference.
Developing a PALS Web-based platform for sharing sustainability case studies, curricula, and resources. The platform will serve as a catalyst for creating and linking knowledge resources and implementing a new type of collaborative education across PALS institutions.
WHERE: The PALS summit is taking place at Pratt’s Manhattan Campus, which is located at 144 West 14th Street, in room 213.

WHEN: Friday, September 30 (summit began Thursday)

Today’s highlights include:
2 PM presentation of the PALS Web-based platform
3:45 presentation of survey results to Thomas F. Schutte, president of Pratt Institute; Peter Barna, provost of Pratt Institute; Concetta Stewart, dean of Pratt’s School of Art and Design; Bill Barrett, director of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design; and Robert Koester, director of the Center for Energy Research, Education, and Service and professor of architecture at Ball State University
Please contact Amy Aronoff for the full agenda.

WHY: The purpose of the summit is to provide PALS fellows with the tools and strategies they need to integrate sustainability into their programs and set the stage for art and design education for the class of 2030.

The PALS summit is designed to promote the integration of sustainability into academic programs and to find ways to collaborate through inter-institutional initiatives.