To engage with environmental sustainability throughout the year, Blue Week stages a week-long, campus-wide series of events each fall to celebrate the life-giving force of water—fresh and salt, lake and ocean, on the coast and at sea. Blue Week shows respect for this element and the life forms implicated in its wake, including our own. As the pioneering oceanographer, Sylvia Earle has said, “Without the blue, there could be no green.”
Programs encourage the Pratt community to experience water firsthand through the eyes of artists and experts. A beach cleanup draws attention to the detrimental effects of consumer waste on the coastlines we share. Years passed we hiked Harriman State Park and took a swim in one of its lakes, and in other years kayaked in Brooklyn. The role of cultural practice and design—film, photography, theatre—in water advocacy is a key component of this event. Underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen, National Geographic Explorer and marine biologist David Gruber, leading environmental sociologist Rebecca Altman, and Academy-award filmmaker Fisher Stevens are just some speakers who have come to Pratt to explore this theme with us.
Support from student environmental groups at Pratt—including LEAP (Leaders in Environmental Advocacy at Pratt) and EnVirolutions—shows how young people are working to imagine and design the common future of water. Join us!
Blue Week 2019
Calendar of Events
Water Expo- Hydroponic Plant Project, Live Music, Activist Meet and Greet, PechaKucha, and More!
- Time: 12:00-4:00 pm
- Location: Main Lawn and Student Union
- Description: The Water Expo will explore different facets of sustainability as it applies to water resiliency, planning, agriculture, restoration, art, and fashion. LEAP invites the Pratt community to engage and learn from sustainable professionals through PechaKucha presentations, tabled activities, and a hydroponic plant project! Hosted by LEAP (Leaders in Environmental Advocacy at Pratt)
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-expo-tickets-70037625423
Material Modification: Refashioning Ocean Plastics – A panel discussion with leading experts in fashion, jewelry & design
- Time: 5: 00 – 7:00 pm
- Location: Design Center Gallery
- Description: Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans. Join Reebok and Pratt’s Fashion and Jewelry Departments to explore the possibilities and limitations of plastic recycling–and the innovations taking place in the world of material anthropology. Hosted by the Fashion and Jewelry Department.
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/material-modification-refashioning-ocean-plastics-tickets-70039519087
Water-Inspired Meditation and Yoga for the Planet with Rhonda Schaller
- Time: 12: 30 – 1:30 pm
- Location: Pratt Chapel
- Description: Refresh yourself and dive into water-inspired meditation practices, raising your vibrations in community to benefit self and the planet. Open level. Please remove shoes upon entering. Cushions and blankets available but please bring your own mat. Hosted by Mindful Pratt.
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-inspired-meditation-and-yoga-for-the-planet-with-rhonda-schaller-tickets-70043665489
Sustainable Pratt Chats: Water – What’s your vision of sustainability at Pratt? Join this inaugural conversation!
- Time: 12-2pm & 4-6pm
- Location: Center for Sustainable Design Strategies (CSDS), ENG 001
- Description: Join us for a 2-hour trans-disciplinary workshop focusing on water at Pratt in the wider contexts of student life, community engagement, curriculum and research, and facilities and operations. Members of the Sustainability Committee will present past and current initiatives followed by a brainstorming session that will provide an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to discuss and propose projects and ideas around water at the Institute. Hosted by CSDS, Office of Facilities Management and GCPE/MS in SES
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-pratt-chats-water-tickets-70041665507 (First Session, 12-2pm) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-pratt-chats-water-tickets-70042700603 (Second Session, 4-6pm)
Film Blue Night – Albatross by Chris Jordan
- Time: 7: 00 – 9: 00 pm
- Location: Student Union
- Description: ALBATROSS is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, our team witnessed the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. This story is framed in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-definition digital cinematography, surrounded by millions of live birds in one of the world’s most beautiful natural sanctuaries. The viewer will experience stunning juxtapositions of beauty and horror, destruction and renewal, grief and joy, birth and death, coming out the other side with their heart broken open and their worldview shifted. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, ALBATROSS takes viewers on a guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and love that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world. Hosted by Envirolutions and the Program Board. For more information: http://www.albatrossthefilm.com.
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-bleu-night-albatross-by-chris-jordan-tickets-70044746723
Water-Inspired Yoga for the Planet with Rosie DePasquale
- Time: 8: 00 – 9: 00 pm
- Location: East Hall 301/303
- Description: We can experience the planet when we feel the ebb and flow of water in our own embodiment. This gentle restorative yoga class will focus on circular movements to gently lubricate the joints and segue into a guided meditation focusing on the fluid flow of the breath by creating spaciousness in the body and mind. No experience is required. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat. Hosted by SCPS’s Integrative Mind & Body Program.
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-inspired-yoga-for-the-planet-with-rosie-depasquale-tickets-70045621339
Impromptu silkscreening event by Gina Gregorio
- Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
- Location: Design Center Courtyard
Rising Seas: Gotham on the Edge ( A mini Conference)
- Time: 12:00 – 4:00 pm
- Location: Alumni Reading Room, Pratt Library
- Description: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of the United Nations releases its report, “The Ocean and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” in September 2019. One area it considers is sea-level rise and its implications for low-lying islands, coasts, and communities—such as New York City. Join Pratt Institute for a focused discussion with leading experts on the history and preparedness of New York City as it confronts the threat of rising seas. We will be joined by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (marine scientist and policy expert), Michael Marrella (NYC Department of City Planning) and Ted Steinberg (historian and author of Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York). Hosted by the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies, the Global South Center, LEAP, and the Sustainability Coalition.
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rising-seas-gotham-on-the-edge-a-mini-conference-tickets-70046471883
Water-Inspired Meditation and Sound Bath for the Planet with Joelle Danant
- Time: 3:30-4:30pm
- Location: East Hall 301/303
- Description: Refresh yourself and dive into water-inspired meditation practices, raising your vibrations in community to benefit self and the planet. Open level. Please remove shoes upon entering. Cushions and blankets available but please bring your own mat. Hosted by SCPS’s Integrative Mind & Body Program.
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-inspired-meditation-and-sound-bath-for-the-planet-with-joelle-danant-tickets-70047065659
Core of Me: A Hike-Play by Jeremy Pickard of Superhero Clubhouse
- Time: 10.30 am
- Location: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 61 Rte Palisades, NY
- Description: Core of Me: A Hike-Play is a moving performance that coexists with a walk in the woods by the Hudson River, exploring climate anxiety and resilience through the perspectives of a human and a tree, seeking guidance from each other in a time of rapid change. Attend the first performance of Core of Me: A Hike Play and then stick around to enjoy Lamont’s Open House, a science fair at one of the world’s top climate science campuses at Columbia University. Core of Me: A Hike Play is being developed as part of Pratt’s STEAMplant residency program. The October 5 performance is presented as part of Lamont’s annual Open House event, which is free and open to the public. You can find out more about the day’s activities here: https://openhouse.ldeo.columbia.edu/
- Directions: To get to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Take a shuttle bus from 120th St. in front of Teachers College, Columbia University. The first shuttle leaves at 9:15am, and they continue every 15 minutes until 1:15pm. The shuttle is free, takes approximately 60 minutes, and departs right on time. The walk itself is moderate in difficulty. The performance will last approximately 45 minutes. For more information, contact Jeremy Pickard at email@example.com Hosted by STEAMplant.
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/core-of-me-a-hike-play-tickets-72694720867
Beach Cleanup, Native Planting, and Kayaking with HarbourLab After Party to follow!
- Time: 12:00 – 5 :00 pm
- Location: Terminus of Gerritsen Avenue, Marina Park, Brooklyn
- Description: Join the Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) in cleaning the shoreline of Marine Park in Brooklyn as part of the NYS Beach Cleanup. Take your turn kayaking nearby at White Island with HarborLab to plant (throw) Native Seed-balls. Join us also for a Blue Week After Party nearby! Hosted by GCPE.
- For more information or to RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beach-cleanup-native-planting-and-kayaking-with-harborlab-after-party-to-follow-tickets-70047430751
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Blue Week 2019 is made possible through the generous support of the following campus partners:
Center for Sustainable Design Strategies (CSDS), Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies (SSCS), Envirolutions, Global South Center, LEAP, Mindful Pratt, Pratt GCPE, Pratt Swag, Program Board, SCPS’s Integrative Mind & Body Program, Sustainability Coalition, and STEAMplant.
Tuesday to Saturday 10.01 – 10.06 / 2019
Creating inflatable sea creatures!