6th Annual Kent State Environmental Science and Design Research Symposium

Complexity of Environmental Legacies

Symposium overview

The Environmental Science and Design Symposium, formerly the Land and Water Symposium, is a multidisciplinary forum that promotes the exchange of ideas related to the resiliency of natural and built systems. This year’s theme, “Complexity of Environmental Legacies”, reflects the challenges of developing sustainable systems in landscapes transformed by decades of modification and contamination. Speakers from a wide range of disciplines (fashion, geology, geography, architecture, and ecology) will address topics related to urban, sustainability, restoration, and the integration of design with biological systems


This year's symposium is being made possible through generous support from:

  • Cleveland Water Alliance (Opening Reception Sponsor)
  • Deborah Gillaspie and Frederick Sturm (Morning Session and J Henry Fair Gallery Reception Sponsors)
  • Kent Environmental Council (J Henry Fair Gallery Sponsor)
  • Cleveland Metroparks (Morning Coffee Break Sponsor)
  • LightHawk Conservation Flying (Afternoon Coffee Sponsor)
  • Ohio Space Grant Consortium (Afternoon Session Sponsor)

In addition, a big thanks to our partners across Kent State University:


Registration is free and open to the public.  We hope you will support the symposium, attend, submit abstracts for poster presentations, and encourage other students and colleagues to attend!

Contact Information

More information will be forthcoming, but please feel free to contact Symposium Chair, Dr. Joseph D. Ortiz with any questions or comments or to offer your support for the event.

Itinerary March 19-21, 2019

All Events in KIVA and Student Center, as indicated below
Kent Student Center (On Campus), Kent, OH 44242

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Time Description
5-7 p.m. J Henry Fair Photo Gallery Opening - Exhibition runs from March 19 - April 5
Title: The Hidden Cost
J Henry Fair, Environmentalist & Fine Art Photographer
Location: Armstrong Gallery on the first floor of the Center for Architecture and Environmental Design on the Kent Campus

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Evening Program

Time Description
6-7 p.m. Keynote Address*
Title: Legacy Nutrient Pollution Impacts on Current and Future Environmental Challenges 
Beth Boyer, Associate Professor of Water Resources, Penn State; Director, Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center; Assistant Director, Institutes of Energy & the Environment
Location: KIVA
Reception Immediately following the address Reception sponsored by the Cleveland Water Alliance, in the Westfield Insurance Room (204 Kent Student Center) located above the KIVA.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Morning Program

Time Description
9-9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:15-9:45 a.m. Title: Real gems of the Emerald Necklace: Reflections on a century of land use and nature's resiliency
Jennifer Grieser, Senior Natural Resources Area Manager — Urban Watersheds, Cleveland Metroparks
Location: KIVA
9:45-10:15 a.m. Title: Lake Erie Algal Blooms: An Update and Lessons Learned While Seeking Solutions
Chris Winslow, Ohio State (Stone Laboratory); Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program
Location: KIVA
10:15-10:45 a.m. Title: Legacy impacts of coal mining on water resources
Elizabeth Herndon, Assistant Professor of Geology, Kent State
Location: KIVA
10:45-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break in Kent Student Center Ballroom
11:15-11:45 a.m. Title: Waste to Value: Beneficial Uses of Dredged Material for Resilient and Sustainable Built Environment
Rui Liu, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University.
Location: KIVA
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Title: Closed Loop Fashion
Noël Palomo-Lovinski, Associate Professor of Fashion Design & Merchandising, Kent State University
Location: KIVA
12:15-12:45 p.m. Title: An interactive platform for community energy empowerment 
Bess Krietemeyer, Assistant Professor in Architecture and founder of the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL) at Syracuse University
Location: KIVA
12:45-2:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Program

Time Description
2:15-3:15 p.m. Keynote Address*
Title: Art, Propaganda, and the Discrediting of Science
J Henry Fair, Environmentalist & Fine Art Photographer
Location: KIVA
3:15-4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion with Keynote and Symposium Speakers, moderated by
Joseph D. Ortiz, Professor of Geology, Kent State University

Location: KIVA
4:15-6:30 p.m. Poster Session, Book Signing with J Henry Fair,** Exhibits, Recruiting; with light refreshments
Location: Kent State Student Center


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*1 CEU credit each of AIA CEU credits will be available for the two keynote lectures for those who sign-in at the session.

**Limited copies of his various titles available on a first come, first serve basis


sponsored by

Cleveland Water Alliance
Deborah Gillaspie and Frederick Sturm 


Ohio Space Grant Consortium





Cleveland Metroparks


Kent Environmental Council

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