Green [Architecture] Week 2020
POSTPONED April 22-24, 2020 : : Oxford, MS : : The Graduate Hotel
Please check back as we refine our selections for a new date.
During the week of April 20th, the University of Mississippi celebrates its annual Green Week (nationally the 50th Anniversary of Green Week) – which just happens to coincide with Architecture Week 2020. So we’re partnering with the UofM Office of Sustainability to bring an architectural bus tour and green symposium to North Mississippi. Ian Banner, AIA, is the event chair and has graciously offered his team to help us compile a memorable event. You don’t want to miss it!
Agenda at a Glance
Silence and Environmental Change: An Ode to Rachel Carson on the 50th Anniversary
of Earth Day
7pm : : 2 LU/HSW (pending) : : free
Weems Auditorium, Ole Miss Law School
Presented by Laura A. Ogden, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
Architectural Bus Tour
of Oxford and Water Valley
9am-4pm : : 7 LU/HSW (pending)
$85 / $50 with registration
$30 Emerging Professionals & Students
Depart from the Graduate Hotel Lobby
Presented by Ken P’Pool, Robert Saarnio and Ian Banner, AIA. Lunch included.
4-5:30pm : : Free with registration
Graduate Hotel, Cabin 82 (adjacent to lobby)
Complimentary drinks and bites. Dogs and their well-behaved humans welcome.
Dinner on your own.
Certificate Series Symposium
8:30am-4pm : : 8 LU/HSW : : $95
Graduate Hotel : : Helen Room
Sessions 1 & 2 of 5 (3-5 Offered at AIA MS Annual Convention or online). Breakfast & lunch included.
Wednesday, April 22
Silence and Environmental Change:
An Ode to Rachel Carson on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
7pm : : Weems Auditorium, Ole Miss Law School : : 2 LU/HSW (pending) : : free
Presented by Laura A. Ogden, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
The Earth Day Keynote is hosted by the Environmental Studies Minor with support from the Office of Sustainability.
When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published in 1962, the book became a phenomenon. A passionate and eloquent warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides, the book unleashed an extraordinary national debate and was greeted by vigorous attacks from the chemical industry. But it would also inspire President John F. Kennedy to launch the first-ever investigation into the public health effects of pesticides — an investigation that would eventually result in new laws governing the regulation of these deadly agents. Learn more about her by watching the American Experience episode “Rachel Carson: She Set Out to Save a Species… Us.” at PBS.org.
Dr. Laura A. Ogden is a cultural anthropologist and author interested in the politics of environmental change and conservation. Dr. Ogden is on the faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College and is affiliated with Dartmouth’s Program in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies. Additionally, she was a 2016 Dartmouth Public Voices Fellow as part of The OpEd Project in which she spoke critically of U.S. politics and climate change. She has conducted ethnographic research in the Florida Everglades and has ongoing projects within urban communities in the United States and in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.
Dr. Ogden’s work contributes to theoretical discussions in political ecology, environmental anthropology, as well as post-humanist philosophy. She is the author of Swamplife: People, Gators and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades (2011) which describes her long term research in the Florida Everglades. In 2013, Swamplife received the James M. Blaut Book Award from the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group as part of the Association of American Geographers. Her work entitled Urban Political Ecology is a collaborative research project on environmental stewardship in U.S. cities. Currently, her ongoing research project is Speculative Wonder at the World’s End, based on exploring the politics and ethics of environmental change in Tierra del Fuego. The research in Tierra del Fuego explores the ways introduced species are remaking the landscape and the ethics of living and dying in a changing world.
Dr. Ogden’s Swamplife: People, Gators and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades (2011) and her other works and contributions may be purchased through Square Books in Oxford. More information about Dr. Ogden can be found on her Dartmouth faculty page.
Architectural Bus Tour of Oxford and Water Valley
9am-4pm : : Depart from the Graduate Hotel Lobby : : 7 LU/HSW (pending)
$85 / $50 with registration / $30 Emerging Professionals & Students
Ken P’Pool, Robert Saarnio, and Ian Banner, AIA, take us for a trip around town to learn about the unique places and spaces in Oxford and Water Valley. A stop by the Green Week Sustainability Fair is a can’t miss opportunity!
4-5:30pm : : Graduate Hotel, Cabin 82
Free with registration (bus tour or symposium)
That’s right! Canines are invited! The Graduate Hotel is a pet-friendly hotel and with our Green Week theme, we thought your loyal pal may want to socialize, too. Join us for drinks and bites in Cabin 82 (the restaurant adjacent to the lobby). (Only well-behaved humans, please. Others may be invited to enjoy the fresh air.)
Sponsored by a grant from
Friday, April 24
Materials Matter Certificate Series (Sessions 1 & 2 of 5)
Materials Matter is a five-session series delivering comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthier, sustainable materials. Sessions will delve into the impact of materials on the environment and human health, the tools and data available for assessing and prioritizing materials, and strategies for integrating informed decision-making into projects and practice. Speakers will reveal the perspectives of project team members and other partners connected with materials and share the learning and approaches of successful projects. This series offers guidance on navigating the complex landscape of disclosures and transparency in order to assess and reduce the environmental and health impacts of products. Sessions will include presentations, panels, case studies, and activities. Participants will walk away from each session with action items for integrating the curriculum into their work.
Session 1 of 5
Healthy Planet: Materials + the Environment
Friday, 8:30am-12pm : : The Graduate Hotel
4 LU/HSW : : Breakfast served at 8am : : $95 for sessions 1 & 2
The morning kicks off the Materials Matter program with a candid overview of why materials matter for both environmental and human health. The session focuses on what impacts material substances can have on our environment and how we measure and track those impacts. It will introduce the primary methods used to assess the environmental impact of materials, including life-cycle assessment, and the tools available to help identify and prioritize healthy, sustainable materials.
- Participants will be able to describe the context of healthy materials through understanding the role materials play in human and environmental health.
- Participants will be able to summarize the ethical and business cases for paying increased attention to materials in the built environment.
- Participants will be able describe how material substances impact the environment, what are different categories of impacts, and how we measure and track them.
- Participants will be able to identify common methods used to assess the environmental impacts of materials and describe opportunities and limitations of the methods.
- Participants will be able to explain life-cycle assessment and tools which use LCA to determine materials environmental impact.
Session 2 of 5
Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health
Friday, 12:30-4pm : : The Graduate Hotel
4 LU/HSW : : Lunch served at noon : : $95 for sessions 1 & 2
Session 2 delves into the science behind materials and human health to understand how material substances reach people and lead to health consequences. It provides guidance on the complex landscape of health tools by introducing the different types of tools available to make educated decisions about products and what to consider when selecting and using these tools.
- Participants will be able to summarize the key human health drivers for sourcing healthy, sustainable materials.
- Participants will be able to describe how substances in materials reach people, the potential effects on human health, and how some people are more at risk than others.
- Participants will be able to summarize the landscape of databases, disclosures, and certifications available for understanding the impact of material substances on human health.
- Participants will be able to describe the opportunities and limitations of different health tools in order to understand certain contexts require certain tools.
Sessions 3-5 will be offered at the AIA Mississippi Annual Convention.
Visit the website for details. If you are unable to attend both events, the series may be completed online at aiau.
Stay & Play!
The Double Decker Festival Main Stage is right in front of our venue, the Graduate Hotel, and is free/open to the public. Friday afternoon when we adjourn, bring your lawn chairs or head to the Hotel second floor bar patio for a memorable afternoon. Saturday is filled with more music, art vendors, Spring Run, kids’ activities, and more. Visit the Double Decker and Spring Run websites for more information.
STAY & PLAY
Double Decker Festival kicks off on Friday, April 24. Consider staying for the weekend to enjoy this iconic event with your family!