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TEDC Earth Day Celebration - Earth Matters: Designing our Future

TEDC Earth Day Celebration - Earth Matters: Designing our Future

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
General Public 

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) hosts Earth Matters: Designing our Future, a daylong event featuring workshops, pop up classes, and discussions on climate action and sustainability spanning the disciplines. Culminating in a keynote presentation by Rhea Suh, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a creative presentation and musical performance by DJ Spooky, the event highlights TEDC’s bold integration of design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues.


Earth Matters: Designing our Future 

Exploring Sustainable Fashion

10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. | UC Tishman Auditorium

Join an interactive panel conversation featuring experts in the sustainable fashion industry, including 

Nicole Wilson, Director, Corporate Responsibility- North America, Tommy Hilfiger

Pascale Gatzen, Associate Professor of Fashion Design, Design Strategies at Parsons The New School for Design

Liz Spencer, Faculty, School of Fashion and Sustainable Systems at Parsons The New School 

Timo Rissanen (moderator), Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design



Earth Day & the Primal Elements: Students Tell Their Stories

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  | University Center Lobby

Forty-five years ago Parsons and New School students celebrated the first Earth Day in Union Square Park. Since then the ripping open of the Earth to extract 'resources' has increased, destroying the Earth's living systems. Which Primal Element has chosen you? Come visit our Dome of Memory in The University Center Lobby to tell your stories of encounters with the Primal Elements -- Water, Fire, Earth, Air, and Space. 

Students: Miranda Aponte, Jillian Blakey, Jack Dinning, William Eatough, Florencia Garcia de Onrubia, Antonietta Gianfrancesco, and Mateusz Pastula. 

Professors: Jean Gardner, Associate Professor, Social-Ecological History and Design, School of Constructed Environments, and Jose deJesus, Assistant Professor of Studio Methods, School of Design Strategies, Parsons


Food for Thought: Sustainable Food Systems

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | University Center, UL 102

Join us for four short presentations about sustainable food systems. A tasty, sustainably-source meal will be served to attendees.

--Food and Sustainable Tourism, led by Fabio Parasecoli, Associate Professor and Director of Food Studies Initiatives, Food Studies Program, The New School for Public Engagement

--The Carbon Foodprint: How The New School is Reducing its Impact, led by Ed Verdi, New School Senior Director of Business Operations.

--The Urban Food Planning Revolution, led by Rositsa T. Ilieva, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

--Sustainable Cities Club Reports Back From the Just Food? Conference

led by Anna Marandi, SCC Communications Director and Maeve McInnis, Former SCC President


Cities Under Siege: A Climate Change Resilience Panel

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  | University Center, UL 105

Cities and urban areas are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, especially extreme events, given their location, density, and complex and interdependent infrastructure. How can cities like New York build social, ecological, and infrastructural resilience to the growing threat of climate change? Panelists include 

Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Mary Rowe, Director of Urban Resilience and Livability, Municipal Art Society

Adam ParrisExecutive Director, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay

Dan Zarrilli, Director, NYC Mayor's Office for Recovery and Resiliency

Timon McPhearsonAssistant Professor of Urban Ecology, Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School


TED (C) Talks: #Earth Matters

6 p.m. | UC Tishman Auditorium

The 6 p.m. event only will also be livestreamed here.

To highlight Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC)’s bold integration of design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues, this special evening event will feature a keynote presentation by Rhea Suh, President of the Natural Resource Defense Council and a creative presentation and performance by DJ Spooky, 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

Additional presenters include:

David Van Zandt, President of The New School

Michelle DePass, TEDC Director and Dean of Milano School of International Affairs, Urban Policy and Management

Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons The New School for Design

Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design

Tanya Kalmanovitch, Faculty and Coordinator of Entrepreneurship, Mannes College the New School for Music

Amos Lee, violinist and Christine Chen, cellist from Mannes College the New School for Music


This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required at the top right button. 

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