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College of Environment and Design

Philosopher's Walks

Philosopher’s Walks are guided hikes that provide participants with opportunities to experience, connect with and discuss places of ecological interest.  They are organized by the UGA Environmental Ethics Certificate Program (EECP) and are open to the public.

Philosopher's Walk - Nov 11


THURSDAY, November 11, 12:30 PM
Kendeda Building live virtual walk

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is the first building in Georgia, the first building of its size and scale in the Southeast, and 28th in the world to earn Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s most ambitious and holistic green building achievement. The certification from the International Living Future Institute independently verifies that The Kendeda Building is among the greenest in the world. The Kendeda Building is regenerative. Over the course of a year, it collects and infiltrates into the ground 15 times the amount of water needed for operations. Its photovoltaic system supplies over 200% of the building's energy needs. It gives back more than it takes from the environment and focuses on the health and happiness of occupants.

The live virtual walk will be on November 11th from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Rm 130 (the critique space) of the Jackson Street Building.

It is open to the public and there will be light refreshments.

The tour guides recommend watching this introductory video before the tour so that people can have a more focused discussion come our tour time.

 Thursday, November 11 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm

 Jackson Street Building, Rm 130 (the critique space)
285 S Jackson Street, Athens, GA 30602
Register here:

Register here




Philosopher's Walks - Oct 9 Poster


saturday, october 9, 10:00 aM
state botanical garden of georgia

Theme:  Alfie Vick, landscape architecture faculty at UGA, will lead a walk highlighting several of the new gardens and amenities that have been implemented since the 2012 Master Plan was completed.  The master plan was created by UGA faculty and students, in collaboration with SBG staff.  In particular, we will visit: The Center for Art and Nature and new Main Garden Entrance, the Alice H. Richards Children's Garden, the restored Piedmont Prairie and accessible Middle Oconee River overlook, the renovated riverside trails, and the beaver wetland boardwalk.

What to bring: Water, comfortable shoes, and a sense of wonder.  Feel free to bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, and/or a picnic for your group to enjoy after the walk.  

Distance and difficulty:  Expect to walk approximately 1.5 miles, easy to moderate difficulty

Free registration:
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time:  10am- noon
Location:  State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Meeting Spot:  Parking Lot level of the Center for Art and Nature





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