The Annual EQUINOX Program: UN SDGs


Established in March 2017 as a platform to advocate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the annual EQUINOX*: UN SDGs is dedicated to socio-economic-ecological impacts of sustainability within the local-global framework. The initiative seeks to advance pathways of scholarship and partnership through multidisciplinary and inter-institutional programs focused on the interconnected Sustainable Development Goals. Through various disciplinary lenses, the EQUINOX unfolds cross-sectoral dialogue among higher education institutions, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates.

A multi-sponsored platform with local/national/international presenters and participants, the initiative was marked as one of the first symposiums in the region dedicated to the SDGs. Every year, EQUINOX initiates a diverse set of multidisciplinary programs to promote research cross-pollination, team formation, and actions on SDGs from micro to macro scales – for people and the planet.

*The Spring EQUINOX marks the precise moment of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere and astronomical autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. The Spring EQUINOX has been an ancestral festivity marking the New Year of several nations around the world. The first Earth Day celebration was also held on the Spring EQUINOX, March 21st, 1970 (proposed as a global initiative by peace activist John McConnell at the National UNESCO Conference in 1969). The Equinoctial Earth Day has been celebrated by the United Nations annually thereafter with the ringing of the UN Peace Bell to call for world justice and peace.

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Annual EQUINOX Schedule: UN SDGs

The multi-sponsored annual EQUINOX Week is a full week of multidisciplinary events across the KSU both campuses focused on the Sustainable Development Goals -- involving student volunteering programs, educational research sessions, and networking opportunities. Promoting strategic and shared goals, the EQUINOX Week seeks to advance multidisciplinary research and collaboration among the KSU colleges and community through various programs, including the annual EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs; EQUINOX_Exhibit; Sustainable Development Awards; EQUINOX FORUM: Sustainability through Multiple Lenses; and Sustainable Development Career Pathways.

We look forward to you joining us.

6th Annual EQUINOX Symposium

The annual EQUINOX Symposium is focused on the interconnected Sustainable Development Goals to catalyze interdisciplinary partnership and scholarship on sustainability with international, regional, and local speakers, and attendees. A multi-sponsored platform, the EQUINOX brings together institutions of higher education, professionals, policymakers, stakeholders, community members, and advocates. 


10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EST)


Platform: VIRTUAL Research Center for Sustainable Communities (RCSC), Office of Research, College of Architecture + Construction Management, Global Education, The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA), Kennesaw State University; HERCULES Exposome Research Center, Emory University; Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), Georgia Institute of Technology; Higher Education Learning Community (HELC) Action Group, Community of Practice for Community-Academic Partnerships, Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, Greater Atlanta, acknowledged by the United Nations University.


Registration: The event is open to all. The registration is free but is required to receive the symposium link.

  • RSVP by Feb 27th

Career Connections: Sustainability

Discover the different paths you can take within different fields. Join us to meet a variety of companies that involve work in diverse sustainability areas. Map out your interests and major in real-world industries andbegin charting your future career direction. All majors are encouraged to attend this interdisciplinary event.


  • Welcome & Company Introductions (10 -15 Minutes)
  • Panel Questions (15 Minutes)
  • Networking (30 Minutes)

BUSA Students participating in this session may obtain credit for their course. Attendance will be recorded. (See the "Suitable" app for details).

Note: Individuals without Handshake access can contact us directly for obtaining the Zoom details.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)


Platform: VIRTUAL The Department of Career Planning and Development



KSU Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Approaches In Promoting Sustainable Manufacturing | Moderated Panel

The KSU Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) providesenergy and sustainability assessment for small-and medium-sized industrial facilitiesin order to help local industries become more energy efficient, smart, resilient, and sustainable. The findings of last year's assessments will be reviewed during this moderatedpanel.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)


Platform: VIRTUAL KSU Industrial Assessment Center; Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology; Southface Institute

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Peer Health Owls: Safe Spring Break

Join us to chat with the Peer Health OWLs and other campus partners for fun and games and information on how to stay safe this Spring Break.

Perks: Free Food

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM(EST) Campus Green

Health promotion and Wellness




CARE Services & MUST Ministries: Mobile FOOD Pantry

Stop by for a FREE POP-UP FOOD GIVE-AWAY with the MUST Ministries Mobile Food Pantry! Free packaged groceries and fresh produce will be available to KSU students, faculty, and staff. Please be sure to bring a backpack/cart/suitcase to help you transport 20lbs of items to your vehicle or home.

NOTE: Registration only needs to be done once to attend all mobile pantry events.

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM (EST) Campus Green (between Kennesaw Hall and the Siegel Recreation Center) Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Services, MUST Ministries Mobile Food Pantry

Spatio-Semantic Modeling of Socio-Economic and Health Disparities 

10:30 - 11:00 am, followed by 15 min Q&A ARCH N 175, Marietta Campus, KSU

Armita Davarpanah. PhD.
Assistant Professor, Environmental & Health Sciences Program, Spelman College

Dr. Davarpanah presents her work on social and spatial proximity modeling of environmental justice and health in Proctor Creek, one of the most economically depressed and vulnerable watersheds in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. She also describes semantic modeling of environmental justice in an ontology related in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


SDG Futures Fellowship EQUINOX Showcase

Join us at 11:30 AM to hear brief presentations on each project and to give community feedback to the fellows to enhance their final deliverables. KSU Center, Kennesaw Campus
1000 Chastain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
KSU Global Education, RCE Greater Atlanta, Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain.

RCE Greater Atlanta's "SDG Futures Fellowship" aim is to increase education about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through youth leadership, community engagement, and professional development. The 20+ fellows in this inaugural cohort represent a wide variety of backgrounds and come from 9 Greater Atlanta Higher Education Institutions. The fellows have worked closely with community organizations and partners to build projects focused on sustainable development and equity in the region and around the world.  Please join us on March 3rd at 11:30AM to hear brief presentations on each project and to give community feedback to the fellows to enhance their final deliverables.



KSU Mini Pavilion

A virtual tour of the installation/exhibition of the KSU Mini Pavilion will give an overview of the project and current updates of its development and mission.

1:30 PM PIT Area, Architecture N Building M Campus, KSU The College of Architecture and Construction Management



3D Printing for Sustainability

In-person session. Learn to design and print your own object via 3D printing. No prior experience necessary. We will explore the technology through hands-on experience and talk about the implications for sustainability via waste reduction, timely production, and precise mass customization. You will learn about the potential of this revolutionary emerging technology.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (EST) Room 465, 4th Floor, the Burruss Building Modular Agile Deployment (MAD) Lab, Coles College of Business

Development Awards

In the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, higher education institutions are highlighted for playing a critical role in community transformations. Driven from the KSU R2 Roadmap goals, we seek to empower and stimulate student contributions to their campus/local community and the sharing of ideas for advancing the impact of Sustainable Development. The Fourth Annual EQUINOX call for proposals seeks action plans for campuses and communities to integrate Sustainable Development – as grounded in the following five pillars (5 Ps): people, prosperity, planet, partnership and peace. Students -- from all disciplines – are invited to participate and propose innovative initiatives towards implanting the 5 Ps and creating a sustainable and resilient campus/community. The student-led research projects are encouraged to focus on a specific issue from the team’s campus or their local community and offer solutions with a thoroughly integrated approach to overcome the challenge by 2030.

Sponsors and Partners

With the generous support of our sponsors and partners, the EQUINOX programs could have accomplished their shared goals thus far. Join us as sponsors and partners in reimagining/expanding our ever-evolving programs in an innovative and collaborative capacity. Please get in touch with us to learn about our partnership and sponsorship package. We look forward to welcoming you into our community.

Founding Chair: Pegah Zamani, Ph.D.  |  Email:

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Marietta, GA 30060

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Past Event Archive

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  • EQUINOX Symposium: UN SDGs

    Date: Mar 20, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Design 2 Building (I2), Auditorium | Marietta Campus



    Date: Mar 18, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Carmichael Student Center, Room CDE | Kennesaw Campus

    View 2019 Forum Schedule


    United Nation + National Days/Themes

    March 20th
    • UN International Day of Happiness (well-being)
    March 21st
    • Solar Spring EQUINOX
    • UN International Day of Nowruz -- an ancestral festivity marking the New Year of several nations around the world
    • UN International Day of Forests
    • UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    • UNESCO World Poetry Day
    March 22nd
    • UN International Day of Water
    March 23rd
    • UN World Meteorological Day
    • National Energy Education Day


    Date: Mar 18 – Mar 28, 2019
    Location: Architecture Building (N), Gallery | Marietta Campus

  • Tuesday, March 20

    UN International Day of Happiness
    Architecture Building (N), PIT & Gallery | Marietta Campus | 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    • Opening: EQUINOX_Exhibit
    • EQUINOX Lecture Series: Happiness
    • Tour: Campus Sustainability


    Wednesday, March 21

    UN Day of Forest, Racial Discrimination Elimination, Poetry, Nowruz
    Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    Prillaman Hall, Indoor Plaza | Kennesaw Campus | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    • EQUINOX SYMPOSIUM: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Farmers Market Spring Festival


    Thursday, March 22

    UN Day of Water
    Science Building, Room 302 & Campus Green | Kennesaw Campus | 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    • EQUINOX Lecture Series: Water
    • The Oasis
    • Campus Sustainability Tour
    • Event: KSU OwlSwap Location: Campus Green


    Friday, March 23

    National Energy Education Day
    Architecture Building (N), PIT + Gallery | Marietta Campus | 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    • EQUINOX Forum: Energy and Built Environment
    • Tour: Solar Energy on Campus


    Saturday, March 24

    Earth HOUR
    Austin Residence Complex II: Green | Kennesaw Campus | 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    • Global Climate Change Action


    March 21 - 27
    • UN Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination


    View 2018 Forum Schedule View 2018 Exhibition Schedule
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