8TH ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY CRASH COURSE, MARCH 24TH

8TH ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY CRASH COURSE, MARCH 24TH

SUSTAINABILITY CRASH COURSE 2018

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 requiredView the eventbrite page.

View videos of ongoing and past presentations on our Youtube Channel.

WHEN

WHERE
Pratt Institute – 200 Willoughby Avenue.
Engineering Building. Brooklyn, NY 11205

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

9:00 – 9:15 am

Registration. Please sign in on the 1st Floor of the Engineering Building on Pratt’s Brooklyn Campus

9:15 – 10:00 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

10:00 – 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 – 1:00 pm : Lunch Break

1:00 – 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

 

FEATURED PRESENTATIONS

Up Sh*t’s Creek: Creative Approaches to Organizing in Flushing, Queens

Cody Ann Herrmann – Artist and Grassroots Organizer

Drawing from participatory design and socially engaged art practices, artist and organizer Cody Ann Herrmann asks– how might ecological issues be communicated to the public? Using NYC’s Flushing Creek as a case, the artist’s ongoing series of workshops, tours, performances, and onsite interventions are explored to understand effective methods for documenting and sharing information about pollution and land-use issues impacting the dynamic waterway.

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Cody Ann Herrmann is a New York City based artist and community organizer with an interest in participatory design methods, public space, and local sustainable development. Through multidisciplinary arts, community engagement exercises, and urban design practices she applies an iterative, human centered approach to ecological problem solving. Cody’s work explores the relationships between land-use, urban infrastructure, and environmental degradation with a focus on communicating the problems and solutions of environmental issues to the populations they directly impact. Working in her hometown of Flushing, Queens, Cody started an ongoing series of multidisciplinary work in 2015 addressing pollution and development in and around Flushing Bay and Creek. Cody is currently studying to receive an MFA from Social Practice Queens at CUNY Queens College.

http://www.codyannherrmann.com/

Digital Storytelling: How To Create Authentic Content and Grow Your Business Online

Sam Dagirmanjian, Co-Founder of Storey Inc.

So you have a nice website, but how do you get new customers to actually visit? In this talk we introduce the concept of content marketing and show how valuable authentic content creation is for brands with a sustainable mission. Finally, through a demo of storeyapp.com, we’ll discuss the types of stories people engage with online and how to present your own brand stories in ways that generate sales.

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Sam Dagirmanjian and Nicholas Pattison are Brooklyn based entrepreneurs who are Venture Fellows in the BF&DA. They are the creators of Storeyapp.com, a new DIY tool that help brands engage online audiences through authentic content that is visual, interactive, candid, and fluid across multiple devices. Sam has over 7 years of experience in e-commerce and digital marketing. Together with Nick, he previously founded the online sustainable marketplace, Purible. He holds a BS in International Relations from Dartmouth College and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and 8 month old daughter.

Reimagining Waste

Josh Draper – Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute | Principal, PrePost

Josh Draper is an architect, teacher and researcher. For this talk, he will present three projects that reimagine the function and value of waste for the built environment.

Film Screening: Weaving Culture and Sustainable Fashion

Melissa Eidson, Director & Producer

Manfred Lopez Grem, Cinematographer (Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca)

Dana Schlieman, Editor

Documentary screening of No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance with Muhammad Yunus about women weavers receiving loans for their entrepreneurial pursuits in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico and Weaving Culture about human rights issues of marginalized weavers from the developing world – Oaxaca, Mexico and Vientiane, Laos – and their petitions for justice regarding cultural heritage as expressed in their traditional textile designs. Discussion/Q&A about ethical/sustainable business practices in the fashion industry within the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Dana Schlieman is a New York based artist, writer, and filmmaker. She grew up in Costa Rica and discovered a love of film and television when she was 9 years old. Dana’s work is primarily character driven. She has a marked interest in exploring interpersonal human relationships, as well as issues of feminism and body image. Dana received her BFA in Film/Video from Pratt Institute in 2017. Her thesis film Nunca Jamás was featured in NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival the same year.

Melissa lived in Mexico for more than a decade. Her first documentary, El Barrio, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won Best International Documentary Award in October of 2006 at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles and the Founders Choice Award for Best Feature Documentary in New York City in November, 2006. It was in the official selection at the Berlin Film Festival in a group of Latin American films. Her second film, No Son Invisibles: Maya Women and Microfinance featuring Muhammad Yunus, was originally screened at Cannes film festival in France and the Buñuel Festival in Calanda, Spain. It was translated into various languages, including Arabic for the Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran, Iran. It went on to the Guadalajara Film Festival, Torino and Roma Film Festivals in Italy and The Seattle Int’l Latino Film Festival as well as the Del Ray Beach Film Festival in the US. It was additionally shown at The University of Washington and University of Texas as well as in San Francisco for the Women Advancing Microfinance organization. It has been acquired by university libraries at Harvard, Stanford, UT, TCU, Baylor, University of Washington, Vanderbilt, USC, and SMU libraries among others. Her current documentary about cultural appropriation and sustainability in the fashion industry, WeavingCulture, is in post production and will begin the festival circuit this summer. It takes place in weaving communities in the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico and Laos, and the fashion industry of New York city and Paris. Information about WeavingCulturedocumentary and tax free donations for finishing funds can be found here:

http://www.thefilmcollaborative.org/fiscalsponsorship/projects/weavingculture

Manfred López currently is the president of a non-profit organization in Mexico called the National Society of the Cinematic Arts and Sciences. As a film director he has directed over 200 works including short films, music videos, documentaries, commercials and other types of works. He also mantains an active schedule teaching workshops, offering consulting services, keynoting conferences, and heading casting tours in several cities as part of his work related to maintain Mexico’s National Actor’s Registry. His professional activities have been covered extensively in Mexico’s media. Over 150 articles have been published on the topic to date, including magazine and newspaper coverage from Variety, Proceso and El Universal.

Film Screening: Citizen Enforcement Can Eliminate Vehicle Idiling

George Pakenham – Filmaker

Idling engines consume more than 6 billion gallons of gasoline annually in the U.S., a significant but little-known contributor to local air pollution, respiratory disease and global climate
change. Idle Threat is a lively look at one man’s spirited struggle to improve public health by raising awareness about idling’s impact, starting in New York City. Against all odds, he succeeds, helping improve local air quality, and in the process gains world-wide recognition for the anti-idling cause, with articles featured in the Wall Street Journal, New Yorker magazine, and the Financial Times.

In white shirt and tie, Wall Street banker George Pakenham has walked the streets of New York for over five years, courteously confronting over 3,000 motorists to explain idling’s impact and the law prohibiting running a parked vehicle for more than a short time. Responses vary from thanks to anger, but Pakenham never wavers. He’s determined that the problems idling poses be recognized, and lobbies successfully for the city to enforce its idling laws.

Featuring Click and Clack from NPR’s Car Talk, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Idle Threat profiles one man’s challenging quest to make his city and the world a healthier place, and shows that sometimes one person – and a simple act like turning a key – can make a big difference.

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George was born and raised in new jersey. And after graduating from the University of Arizona in 1972, he sold all his worldly possessions and spent a year traveling America, living meagerly and seeking new adventures, — which focused on George’s love of nature. His first post- college job was a 3 month stint as a tour guide at Glacier Park in Montana. Pakenham then hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Connecticut. George set a goal to travel around the world before he was 25, a goal he accomplished, …. twice.

His adventures included a 7-month stint working as a sailor on a Norwegian passenger ship, visiting more than 75 ports of call. There he witnessed with alarm, that the ship never shut off its engines while in port, it sat there with its smoke stacks churning out a sooty toxic mess.

Eventually, George jumped ship and traveled solo for 12 months: behind the Iron Curtain, in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. George then moved to New York City for careers in advertising, real estate management and banking. Currently, he is Director of Business Development for a regional bank that provides many services including securing finances for wind and solar farms.

In the 1980s George studied the craft of television production, working as a volunteer at, the video project at Riverside Church in NYC where he learned to produce, direct and edit video – skills instrumental in the production of his ground breaking film, Idle Threat.

The film and its creator have received much publicity, including stories in the New Yorker Magazine, on BBC, and On NPR. Last year Mr. Pakenham was chosen by Parade Magazine as environmentalist of the year in NY state. Pakenham has also produced a second documentary movie, three short films, two novels and a children’s book, titled: Big Nose Big City.

George is a humble member of the Marble Church in NYC and a five year member of the Benevolence Committee, which provides financial grants to needy non-profits in NY and around the world.

Field notes: The Global Organic Textile Standard and Sustainability

Ely Battalen – Sustainability Consultant and Educator

The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world. The Global Organic Textile Standard is a direct climate action tool. In our discussion, we will unpack both the environmental and social components of the Standard, drawing from direct field experience with the cotton gins, dye houses, cut and sew facilities, spinners, weavers, marketers, brands and labels.

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Ely has a decade of experience creating standards, consulting and performing audits of sustainable programs around the world. Working with textiles, biofuels, seafood and recycled commodities in a wide spectrum, he has been engaged in over a dozen programs and is a member of the International Organic Inspectors Association. Ely grew up on an organic farm in the Berkshire Hills of New England. He has always been passionate about sustainability from the moment he could join his family in the harvest and the preparation and preservation of food. Battalen received his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University, studied music production and is fluent in German. When he is not on the road, he calls Brooklyn home.

Sustainable Fashion is Personal: The Industry’s Impact on Workers, Communities and YOU

Alexandra P. McNair – Founder, Fashion FWD

@fashionfwdusa

Alexandra will address the human health needs of the American consumer. While food and drugs are regulated, fabrics and dyes come into equal contact with our bodies, but are almost completely unregulated. How is this impacting workers, communities and ourselves when we wear these products and what can we do about it?

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Alexandra McNair is the Founder of non-profit Fashion FWD, which focuses on detoxing the supply chain and improving future health outcomes of garment workers, worker communities and individuals. With over twelve years of business development experience, Alexandra has managed sustainability projects with apparel brands, governments, and private equity teams both in the USA and internationally on issues such as ESG integration, responsible sourcing, product health, factory conditions and resource management around water, chemicals and waste. She was an early adopter of sustainable fashion when she founded a jeans company in 2007 using all recycled fabric. She currently works with various fashion schools, developing their sustainability curriculums and writing university courses. Her current work in sustainability is Chaired by the head of the Climate Committee and former Secretary of State for the Environment and Agriculture and Fisheries in the UK, Lord Deben.

What you wear tells who you are. Speak well.

Althea Simons, founder/designer/CEO of Grammar NYC

How can we address issues of sustainability in the fashion industry with entrepreneurship? We will explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in integrating positive impact and profitability in our business plans.

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Grammar designer Althea Simons holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; a BS in Neuroscience from Brown University, and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons, The New School for Design. Her fashion and retail experience includes time at Yeohlee, Inc. and Issey Miyake, USA. She is a Venture Fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator.

Biomimicry: Interior Design Strategies and Examples

Tetsu Ohara – Pratt Institute, Interior Design Department

3.8 million years of design & development by nature + human adaptation + benefits for the human/environment.
The presentation is to showcase one of the Option Lab courses taught in the Interior Design program. It will include summary of the lectures as well as students’ design proposals from the last semester.

By understanding the principle of Biomimicry 3.8, (geometric analysis, growth pattern, structural function, etc) the class does not teach how to only mimic form/function. It explores the life cycle analysis as well as the indoor environmental quality in some ways that benefit human health/environment.

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Tetsu Ohara is an adjunct associate professor and departmental sustainability coordinator in the Department of Interior Design and has been leading the Pratt Sustainability Coalition for the last 10 years. He is also a partner at SpatialDesignStudio, Inc in the NYC.

Take Back the Tap

Jennifer E. Telesca – Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute

Rebecca Welz – Adjunct Professor – CCE, Adjunct Professor – CCEFoundation Art, Industrial Design

This panel takes inspiration from the global movement to ban single-use plastic water bottles on college campuses. In light of the effort to realize this campaign at Pratt, Envirolutions (Pratt’s undergraduate student environmental group) has assembled a panel of faculty who will explore such issues as NYC’s water supply, marine pollution and what challenges designers face when moving beyond plastic. Speakers include Ira Stern (Grad Center for Planning, Architecture), Rebecca Welz (Foundation Art/Industrial Design) and Jen Telesca (Social Science and Cultural Studies). Moderated by Angus Fake and Tori Pachiano of Envirolutions.

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Jennifer E. Telesca is Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute. Her research takes a critical approach to ocean studies, spanning the interests of the human–animal relationship, science and technology, political ecology and environmental diplomacy. Her book, tentatively titled, Marine Conservation in Times of Extinction, is one of the first to offer a worm’s eye view of ocean governance. It is based on ethnographic research conducted since 2010 while she served as an accredited observer of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Her findings show this supranational regime conserves not high seas fish but the export markets of member states for the economic growth of commodity empires, told through the measured slaughter of Atlantic bluefin tuna, once giant.

Telesca holds a PhD in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University (2014), where she earned a Distinguished Dissertation Award. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received a BA with Departmental Honors in History (University of Richmond), a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies (University of Connecticut—Storrs) and double MAs in Anthropology (University of Connecticut—Storrs) and in Law and Society (New York University). Grants from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, among others, have generously supported her research. Her work has appeared online and in such journals as Environment and Society, The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology and Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development.

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Ira Stern is Chief of the Natural Resources Division for the NYCDEP Bureau of Water Supply

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Rebecca Welz – Sculptor represented by June Kelly Gallery (New York) and galleries on the West Coast; grants include Pollock Krasner and ED Foundation grants; fellowships include Urban Glass; founder of Association of Women Industrial Designers (AWID), mounting first exhibition of product design by women in the US, Goddess in the Details; published book on exhibition.

MAKING CONTACT… Music of the Plant

Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, RN, Clinical Herbalist

We look into space to find intelligence. Yet possibly the greatest forms of intelligent life are right out our back door… plants. As Plant Pioneers we explore plant intelligence through listening to the “musical sounds” created by plants in response to their surrounding environment. Join Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower as she demonstrates this music via a sensitive synthesizer that translates into rhythmic sounds the electrical impulses plants broadcast from one plant to other plants, and ultimately to the world. Engage in conversations that ask just what is going on with the plants, and then, “Where do we go from here?” “How does knowing about this Music of the Plants help us connect to, and perhaps answer questions about, our current environmental crisis?”

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Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, RN, Clinical Herbalist, wild foods forager and teacher of herbal traditions is co-founder of Plant Pioneers, a Human-Plant Relations Movement based in the Catskills of upstate New York. Her work invites people to become interested in plants through hands-on, outdoor experiences that bridge traditional herbal medicines, wild edibles and our own experiences with the natural world. She addresses both the needs of humans and nature as one ecological system. In recent years her additional tools of choice are Music of the Plants and Cymatics which interconnect the observer on a palpable human-plant level. She believes that as we integrate plants into our activities of daily living, at love, work and play, we’ll eventually make beneficial changes for the future of our environment.

Contact Marguerite to get involved, to learn more, for workshops and lectures on herbalism and plant intelligence scheduling.3moonsisters@gmail.com 607-437-1218 www.PlantPioneers.org

What’s in my Water?

Kayla Fennelly – Project Coordinator NYPIRG

Clean water is essential for life and among our most precious resources. While federal and state laws are supposed to protect us, we know that public and private drinking water sources are under constant threat; that crumbling water infrastructure may further contaminate water supplies; and that government monitoring and enforcement resources face significant uncertainties at the federal level. NYPIRG offers these drinking water profiles to educate New Yorkers about the state of their drinking water, the presence of contaminants found through laboratory testing, and location and nature of some potential threats to local drinking water. We will also discuss contaminants found in bottled water, and how plastic pollution is finding it’s way into our drinking water.

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Kayla Fennelly is a Project Coordinator with the New York Public Interest Research Group, and oversees the advocacy efforts here at Pratt while recruiting and training students on how to advocate and organize for a variety of issues.

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

First, the latest on climate change – it’s only looking bleaker, but let’s see how. Then, what can we do? In “90 by 50,” Urban Green Council and Pratt Institute showed that a nearly carbon-free future is possible for NYC, the technology is here today, and the cost manageable. But possible doesn’t mean easy, so the economic and political barriers to a plausible future must be listed, understood, and circumvented. Finally, what is New York City doing? In a dramatic series of legislative and regulatory steps over the last several years, the city is making a genuine attempt to move to its own version of a low carbon future compatible with global treaties and aspirations, known as “80 by 50.” We’ll look at several key steps in this process, ending with a current plan to place binding limits on fossil fuel consumption in the city’s large buildings.

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Richard Leigh is a Visiting Professor of Physics at Pratt Institute, where he develops and teaches courses in sustainable building science to students in architecture, construction management,and interior design. Until March 2016 he was Director of Research at the Urban Green Council, where he managed research projects including the 2016 “New York City Auditing andBenchmarking Report” for 2013 data and “90 by 50”, showing that New York City can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 90% below current levels by 2050. Earlier, he provided support to the
proposals of the Green Codes Task Force, an effort to “green” the NYC Building Code and provided curriculum content for GPRO, the green building skills training program. Prior to UGC, he was for several years Senior Engineer at The Community Environmental Center, managing NYSERDA programs in energy efficiency in both new and existing buildings. He has alsodeveloped energy-efficient technologies and carried out studies on the integration of renewable technologies into the US utility system at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and has consulted onelectric utility expansion planning and rates in the private sector. Dr. Leigh holds a PhD in Physics from Columbia and is a Professional Engineer and a LEED AP.

Green Roofs & Machu Picchu

Brent Porter – Adjunct Professor of the School of Architecture

Recently during the 26 year commitment by Pratt Institute School of Architecture in design and planning research at Machu Picchu and the town below the historic site, there has been a critical climatic impact of less rain in the past seven years. At Aguas Calientes, now called Machu Picchu Pueblo, one million tourists in 2017 arrived in the town along the Urabamba River with its former huge rapids. Now those rapids are only a stream. The Pratt PreColumbian Architecture team believes if the Incas were still present, they would have readily adopted GREEN ROOFS to absorb available rain water in keeping with today’s worldwide commitment to biodiversity in which indigenous buildings, the roofs, local plants, soils, animals and birds dually enrich the environment. Detailed architectural design for the town, green roof modeling and construction drawings will be examined

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Brent Porter, Adjunct Professor of the School of Architecture, is in his 45th year at Pratt where among his on-going teaching is his role as head of the Christina Porter Memorial Lighting Lab. It is exploring sustainable skylights, building facades including the “window wall,” thermal wall components for daylighting in Canada, integration of photovoltaics and green roofs, and commitment to solar access — while at the same time, experimenting with a variety of LED and other lighting fixtures. His practice as an architect is engaged in a number of sustainable renovations, restorations and new facilities.
The on-going work of sustainability within the historic Machu Picchu has led to his team’s addressing the town below where 800,000 people arrive and depart each year, yet one-third of the roofs and top floors are incomplete with vertical rebars evident of the lack of sustainability which must be resolved.

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

Nantasha Williams – Women’s March

Join Women’s March team member Nantasha Williams, Executive Director for Common Cause NY, Susan Lerner, Patagonia’s NYC District Environmental Coordinator Brenna Cohen, Mireia Lopez, Creative Director and Founder of Milo Tricot and Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Executive Director Deb Johnson for a discussion on the current political climate and how the U.S. government has responded to the rights of women, pressing environmental and human rights issues as well as ethical violations since the 2017 presidential inauguration.

In addition to the panel, we’ll have a Women’s March/Common Cause NY voter registration table set up for attendees to learn about how to register and other ways to get involved with civic engagement as well as how to create their own voter registration. The goal is for universities nationwide to train students on how to run a voter registration drive on campus, in an effort to boost voter turnout for 2018 and beyond.

The Women’s March will also be on hand selling their new book Together We Rise.

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Susan Lerner is the executive director of Common Cause/New York. She joined
Common Cause in December, 2007. She writes and speaks extensively on voting
rights, election reform, campaign finance, redistricting, ethics, transparency and other
good government issues, and is a go-to source for reporters and editorial board writers
throughout New York State on these issues This year, Susan is leading Let NY Vote, a
statewide coalition of grassroots groups, advocacy organizations and unions, working
together to modernize NY's voting laws.. In 2012, Susan spearheaded Common
Cause/NY’s well-regarded redistricting reform effort, that resulted in the federal court
adopting several of the proposed reform districts for the congressional district map in
use today. Prior to joining Common Cause/NY, Susan was the executive director of the
California Clean Money Campaign and led Californians for Fair and Independent
Judges, a statewide coalition of groups active on federal judicial nominations. As a
member of the New York and California bars, she was a litigator for almost 20 years.
Susan is a graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU School of Law.

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Nantasha M. Williams is a well- respected, highly recommended political strategist, social architect and community engager who has recently taken on several large endeavors to further causes impacting marginalized communities.
Most notably her fight for human rights and change in politics led her to help organize one of the largest global demonstrations in American history, the Women’s March on Washington as the Head of Political Engagement. Nantasha played a key role in leading a mobilization of over 1 million people at the nation’scapital, and a total of 5 million people globally. The Women’s March attracted international support and coverage highlighting her expertise at organizing and execution of small and large-scale movements. She now serves as Head of Political Engagement for the organization In her previous roles, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of New Yorkers across the state. In 2014, she was appointed the Executive Director of the New YorkState Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus (“the Caucus”) — one of the largest and most influential political entities in the State of New York.
Her work garnered her statewide recognition as she was honored as one of Albany’s rising stars top 40 under 40 by City & State leading up to her run for a New York State Assembly seat in Southeast Queens in the 2016 primary election. She has been featured in publications and television media outlets such asVogue, Essence, Hello Beautiful and MTV among others for her intel, swanky persona, and unique experience working in both political-government and activist- social justice spaces.

Nantasha Williams holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. She currently serves as an
advisor in the government and regulatory practice at Cozen O’ Connor.

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Mireia lopez is the Creative Director and Founder of Milo Tricot – A creative studio that provide creative services to support start ups and stablished brands and collaborates with like-minded business, activist and artist creating collections sold exclusive at milo tricot online shop.