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Green Salon 2009 brings focus on environmental issues

March 13, 2009

Want to learn how to better green your life? Green Salon New Orleans 2009 can help. Green Salon New Orleans 2009 will feature an exciting lineup of lectures and activities focusing on current societal issues such as energy conservation, sustainable building and stewardship, along with discussions on sustainable business practices for graphic design professionals. Hosted by the graphic design program at Loyola University New Orleans, the lectures will serve as information sessions on how individuals can become more proactive in making themselves and their community more sustainable.

The lectures and events take place on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 9:30 p.m. in the Peace Quad, located in front of the Danna Student Center, on Loyola’s main campus. In the event of rain, the lectures and events will be moved to Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall. Admission to all events is free and open to the public.

“As humans, we are bombarded with so much information and sustainability means different things to different people. We invited speakers that can describe how we can positively affect change to better sustain ourselves and our community,” said Nancy Sharon Collins, director of Stationer–Collins, LLC, and Green Salon co-organizer. “Overall, we wanted to present a collection of lectures of what successful sustainability means, not only as graphic artists, but also as an entire community.”

Along with attending lectures, those present can learn how to use a hammer and a saw, and learn how the professionals make homes hurricane-proof. There will also be a nail driving contest. Local bands Natalie Mae and Us The Bomb will perform throughout the day.

Green Salon New Orleans is a national initiative of the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ Center for Sustainable Design. This center is dedicated to providing designers with practical information, including case studies, news articles, discourse and resources relevant to sustainable business practice. It examines sustainability from a wide range of perspectives: from the nuts and bolts of daily studio life to the larger marketplace dynamics and global concerns within which designers operate. The CFSD’s objective is to encourage and support designers as they incorporate sustainable thinking into their professional lives.

Green Salon New Orleans 2009 is sponsored by Loyola University New Orleans; AIGA New Orleans; AIGA Center for Sustainable Design; Rebuilding Information Station; Collins, LLC; Cafe Luna; CC’s Coffee House; Aquiana Pure; Republic International; ACME Oyster House; Winn-Dixie; Rayonier, Inc; Not Just Chairs.

For more information, visit the AIGA New Orleans website at http://www.aiganeworleans.org/events/green-salon or contact Collins at nscstationer@earthlink.net or call 917-392-1417.


9:30 a.m. Introductory Address

  • Dr. Anthony DeCuir, Interim Dean for the College of Music and Fine Arts, Loyola University New Orleans

10 a.m. Keynote Address

  • Ellen Lupton, Director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at Maryland Institute College of Art

10:45 a.m. Session 1: Entergy

  • Charlie Margiotta, Rayonier, Inc., Senior Vice President; Real Estate and TerraPointe Services, Inc., President
  • John McGowin, City of New Orleans Energy Manager, and Zack Embrey, City of New Orleans Renewable Energies Specialist
  • Karen Wimpelberg, Alliance for Affordable Energy Regulatory Affairs Director

12:10 p.m. Natalie Mae Performs

12:40 p.m. Session 2: Materials and Building

  • Case Miller, Preservation Resource Center
  • Karen Kemp, Green Project
  • Dana Eness, The Urban Conservancy
  • Aimee Cabrera, Monroe Library Learning Commons Day Manager
  • Deborah Poole, Associate Dean for Public Services

2:05 p.m. More activities and live local music

2:35 p.m. Session 3: Policy/Social Justice

  • Dr. Craig S. Hood, Loyola Biological Sciences Department Chairman and Environmental Studies Program Professor
  • Autumn Snyder Harrell, New Orleans environmental law attorney
  • Nancy Quirk, Rebuilding Information Station and Assoc. Professor, Social Sciences, UNO

3:40 p.m. Natalie Mae Performs

4:05 p.m. Session 4: Stewardship

  • The Rev. Julie Ann Bynog, Project Coordinator, Project Homecoming, The Presbytery of South Louisiana
  • Kathleen O’Gorman, Loyola Religion and Ecology Professor
  • Nicole Kone, Founding Member, Loyola Micro-Loan Program Advisory Board
  • John Clark, Gregory F. Curtin Distinguished Professor in Humane Letters and the Professions, Department of Philosophy and Loyola Environmental Studies Program
  • Kevin O’Donnell, director of W.D. Ecologic, the sustainable design strategies studio
  • John Crooke, director, Second Line Project.

5:30 p.m. An Inconvenient Truth, Phase 2

  • Kevin O’Donnell, director of W.D. Ecologic, the sustainable design strategies studio

6 - 8 p.m.: After Party with Us The Bomb

  • Danna Student Center

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