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Fifth Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium

Natural/Designed Ecologies

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Kent State’s 5th annual Water and Land symposium will provide a forum for today’s understandings of natural systems and contemporary innovative design approaches for improving cities and society. Topics of conservation/recreation; living materials/fabrication; and sustainable/urbanism will create discussion on the limits of knowledge and the road to greater environmental responsibility. Held on October 4th and 5th 2017, this symposium will attract more than 300 attendees from the many universities, federal, state and regional agencies, and private companies that populate northeastern Ohio and surrounding states. This year we are delighted to have Edward Mazria, an architect, educator and author as our keynote speaker. Ed is well known for his ability to integrate “green architecture” into his designs, linking solar energy, passive heating and cooling, and other resource-conservation measures into his methodology. He is a renowned author, with his book “The Passive Solar Energy Book”, being a standard that is globally consulted. He has won many awards, including from the American Solar Energy Society and the Chairman’s award from the World Green Building Council.

The second day of the conference will highlight new approaches to a variety of environmental and social issues through distinguished speakers and formal and informal discussions. A plenary session will set the stage for breakout sessions and posters in the afternoon. Breakout sessions will focus on “Conservation and Recreation,” “Living Materials,” and “Sustainable Urbanism.” These breakout sessions will be linked to poster sessions and will provide an opportunity for more specific discussions focused on key underlying issues. Registration is free and open to the public.

October 4-5, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

7:00-8:30 pm Keynote Address:
8:45-9:45 pm Poster Session 1, Reception
(CAED, 132 S Lincoln St.)


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
215 S. Depeyster Street, Kent, OH 44240

8:30-9:00 am Check In
9:00-9:15 am Opening Remarks
9:15-10:00 am "Conservation and Recreation" Keynote:
Joshua Lawler, University of Washington
10:00-10:45 am Reid Coffman, Architecture, Kent State University
11:00-11:45 am "Living Materials" Keynote:
David Benjamin,
Columbia University
11:45 am-
12:30 pm
"Sustainable Urbanism" Keynote:
Tim Beatley, University of Virginia
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30-2:45 pm Poster Session 2 and Self-tour/Tours of CAED LEED platinum building
(CAED, 132 S Lincoln St.)
3:00-5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (outlined below)
Conservation and Recreation

David Ward, Biological Sciences, Kent State University, convening

3:00-3:30 pm Working towards a greater good: the role of ecotourism in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals
Kelly Bricker, University of Utah
3:30-4:00 pm Lisa Petit, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
4:00-4:30 pm Andrew Lepp, Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management, Kent State University
4:30-5:00 pm Panel Discussion
Living Materials

Margarita Benitez, Fashion, Kent State University, convening

3:00-3:30 pm Laia Mogas Soldevila, Tufts University
3:30-4:00 pm Petra Gruber, University of Akron
4:00-4:30 pm TBD, Kent State University
4:30-5:00 pm Panel Discussion
Sustainable Urbanism

Beth Herndon, Geology and Kelly Turner, Geography, Kent State University, convening

3:00-3:30 pm Daniel Bain, University of Pittsburgh
3:30-4:00 pm Kayla Perry, The Ohio State University
4:00-4:30 pm David Jurca, Architecture, Kent State University
4:30-5:00 pm Panel Discussion