Pratt Earth Action Week, Spring ’21

This Spring’s Pratt Earth Action Week will continue to focus on the ongoing and intersecting crises of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the racial and social justice protests that have brought into relief systemic inequalities and unsustainable systems. This Earth Action Week will align with the creative, forward-thinking, and solutions-driven spirit of the Pratt community to focus the theme on a just, sustainable, and prosperous recovery. The Spring event’s theme is Recover, Renew, Reconnect. 

Pratt Earth Action Week Coordinators:

Carolyn Shafer
Director of Sustainability for Academic Affairs
Tessa Maffucci
Visiting Instructor, Fashion Design, School of Design
Tetsu Ohara
Adjunct Associate Professor, Interior Design & SCPS, School of Design
Eric O’Toole
Associate Professor, Graduate Communications/Package Design, School of Design
Leonel Ponce
Acting Academic Coordinator, M.Sc. in Sustainable Environmental Systems
Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

Virtual Exhibition of Student Work


Virtual exhibit of student projects focusing on issues related to sustainability around this semsters’ theme of Recover, Renew, Reconnect.

Eco Week


Envirolutions aims to encourage the Pratt community to participate in our daily activities through Eco Week. During Earth Action Week, we will be curating a different activity each day that promotes the values of the event. Be sure to follow our instagram @pratt_enviro to stay informed.

Foundation Earth Action Week Art


A Foundation Department student exhibition, to be displayed via Milanote, for the Foundation Department and the entire Pratt community.

Mask Up to Fight Fracked Gas

MON.4/5 | 3:00 to 4:30

Join NYPIRG Pratt in a virtual roundtable discussion with local environmental activists and learn about local racist fossil fuel projects, and how you can take action against them!

Making Sustainability Central in Design

MON 4/5 | 5:30 to 6:30

Pratt SCPS is pleased to invite prospective students and curious creatives to an online information session with our Sustainable Design Certificate program faculty.

Eco-socialism Panel

TUE.4/6 | 4:00 to 5:30

How environmental justice/sustainability aligns with political transformation and socialism.

KEYNOTE – Dr. Anita Bakshi & Chief Vincent Mann present “Our Land, Our Stories” a collaboration with the Ramapough Lunaape Turtle Clan

TUE.4/6 | 6:00 to 7:30

Dr. Anita Bakshi presents “Our Land, Our Stories” a collaborative project with the Ramapough Lunaape Turtle Clan exploring the relationship between design and environmental justice. This event is also part of the School of Architecture’s Spring Lecture Series.

Biomaterials at Pratt

WED.4/7 | 2:00 to 3:30

A recent graduate, current students, and faculty present the past, present, and future of biomaterials exploration at Pratt.

Book Talk | Red Gold: The Managed Extinction of the Giant Bluefin Tuna

WED.4/7 | 4:00 – 5:30

The University of Minnesota Press will host a Zoom event on Wednesday, April 7 for the launch of Jennifer E. Telesca’s new book, RED GOLD.

Repairing the Fashion Industry

WED.4/7 | 6:00 to 7:30

Join Pratt Fashion and the student-led Sustainable Fashion Club for a panel discussion exploring recovery, renewal, and reconnection in the fashion industry.

Panel | Exploring Pratt’s Natural
Textile Dye Garden

THU.4/8 | 11:00 to 12:30

Join us as we explore Pratt’s Natural Textile Dye Garden with a conversation led by Pratt faculty alongside textile artists and experts.

Natural Dye Workshop

THU.4/8 | 12:30 to 2:00

Brooklyn-based natural dyer Cara Marie Piazza will lead a hands-on demo with members of the student-led Sustainable Fashion Club demonstrating how to natural dye with marigold blooms.

Jam Session | In the Wake of Katrina – Equitable Disaster Planning and Community Resilience

FRI.4/9 | 11:00 to 12:30

Student discussion on the long-term impacts of Hurricane Katrina and how future planning initiatives can foster more equitable recovery.

Hatha Yoga for Alignment

FRI.4/9 | 1:15 to 2:15

This session offers a Hatha Yoga routine, emphasizing a Vinyasa style (Yoga sequences connected with the breath) along with a brief introduction to Yogic philosophy. All are welcome. No prior experience necessary.

Elemental Meditation and Sound Healing for Self & the Planet

FRI.4/9 | 2:30 to 3:30

Meditation, sound healing and chanting contribute to sustainability by elevating our vibrations, fostering balance and wholeness. All are welcome who are interested in cultivating effective balancing practices for self & the planet. No prior experience necessary.

Transforming Waste into Art

FRI.4/9 | 3:00 to 4:30

Three artists present very different forms of art which are all centered around the use of waste material and objects to create new pieces of art.

Green Jobs for a Just Recovery

SAT.4/10 | 12:00 to 2:00

LEAP and PDRN host brief presentations by organizations working on a green economy and just recovery – followed by focused discussions on green jobs.