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Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs Descriptions

SUS 001 INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY
1.2 CEU
Students will leave this class with in-depth knowledge of the history of sustainability and be up to date on the most current sustainability thinking (including the understanding that such knowledge is ever-evolving). Both practical and conceptual issues will be discussed with the goal of developing sustainable practices in our daily and professional lives. Absorb the vocabulary, bust the myths and learn how your design skills and creativity can contribute to a sustainable future. For online courses: Register at least three business days before the start date.
24 hours after you register you can go to fitnyc.edu/onlinelearning for information on accessing your course.

SUS 002 THE SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION
1.2 CEU
More and more businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies are announcing that they are “going green.” What does this mean? Should a sustainable organization be held to some set of standards? What certifications have been established? Are there guiding principles to help you develop sustainable business structures and processes? To be “green” must we keep an eye on our vendors, make demands on our customers or our landlords? Can we afford it? So many questions! Get some answers.

SUS 003 SUSTAINABLE MARKETING
1.2 CEU
Green is one of the most overused words in popular culture. While an interest in all things green bodes well for the planet, it is becoming difficult to distinguish between a marketing ploy and a serious sustainability effort. In this class we will look at marketing trends, consumer perceptions and efforts to regulate claims such as the Federal Trade Commission’s Environmental Marketing Guidelines. Learn how companies and professionals can get beyond the green buzz, stay clear of greenwashing and use marketing to both sell and educate.

SUS 004 SUSTAINABLE DESIGN THINKING
1.2 CEU
What environmental issues can be tackled by design? What are the success stories? What are the most pressing issues? Sustainable design holds the promise of changing the world from the site of human wrought ecological calamity to the home of people living in harmony with nature—and it begins with you.

SUS 010 MATERIALS AND ECO LABELS – FASHION
1.2 CEU
The journey from raw material through processing, dyeing and finishing is complex. Sourcing raw materials, chemicals used in processing, energy and water use, finishing products and processes are just some of the considerations in developing sustainable textiles. This course will cover all the components and considerations of sustainable materials for fashion. It will cover the eco labels that pertain to materials in the United States and as applicable, worldwide markets and teach you how to evaluate these labels’ pros and cons. We will also touch on eco labels that apply to the packaging and labeling necessary for the retail environment.

SUS 011 RESPONSIBLE MANUFACTURING AND PRODUCT LIFECYCLE – FASHION

1.2 CEU
What options does the designer have in fashion manufacturing? While societal customs, environmental regulations and cost of living may vary; no matter where in the world you manufacture there is a standard of basic worker rights, environmental good citizen practices and fair wages. Those who set these standards and monitor the factories are often thousands of miles away from your office. Learn the tool of product lifecycle analysis used to trace garments or accessories from raw material through transportation, manufacture, into the retail marketplace, on to the consumer and finally to end of life handling of the product. Learn how to take responsibility for the social and environmental implications at each step.

SUS 012 ETHICAL FASHION I
1.2 CEU
This course gives designers, product developers, buyers, and others the tools to creatively develop products that are beautiful, commercial, and sustainable. The focus is on bringing sustainability and ethics into the design process and making responsible decisions about sourcing and manufacturing. The course also provides an introduction to fair trade, the support of endangered crafts, the impact of textiles on the environment, and a summary of the ethical and sustainable practices of some current fashion designers and developers.

SUS 013 ETHICAL FASHION II
1.2 CEU
This course is project-based and builds on all that is learned in Ethical Fashion I. Students design a capsule collection (apparel, accessories, pet accessories, or home) following ethical environmental and social practices. Students will choose an eco-friendly textile; eco-friendly closures, labels, and packaging, and select an endangered craft to support and showcase. Finally, students present their lines and share their sustainable design philosophies with sketches and inspiration boards.

SUS 014 SUSTAINABLE TEXTILES: SOURCING AND DIRECT APPLICATION
1.2 CEU
Sourcing sustainable fabrics and finding the right eco-dyes/ finishes to work with textiles is a multifaceted endeavor. During this course, you will gain sound fundamentals on both historical, current, and future sustainable textiles, how to source for eco-textiles, as well as hands-on demonstrations including direct color application such natural dyeing and printing pastes, as well as how to set up an environmentally friendly dye/ print studio. This class will be a combination of lectures, group discussion, and hands-on demonstrations.

SUS 015 FASHION, FUNCTION AND SUSTAINABILITY
1.2 CEU
Increasingly customers want clothing that is technologically advanced, environmentally mindful, and competitively priced. Learn how today’s activewear can do triple duty and then some, combining eco-elements with style and (tech) performance. Learn about recycled fibers and fabrics and new initiatives in water and energy conservation for textile production. Proper construction methods are examined in relation to comfort, price, and sourcing options. The importance of working with a superior pattern in relation to the final product is stressed and the processes from pattern to production are reviewed from a design perspective. Whether you are interested in creating a sustainable activewear line or are looking to enhance an existing line with eco features, this program is for you.

SUS 016 CLOTHING RECONSTRUCTION
1.2 CEU
This class gives you a new way to look at your old clothing. Bridgett Artise, author of 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe, which Nylon magazine calls “shopping tips and sewing instructions for the very stylish” and Glamour says “is a totally cool how-to book,” will teach you an innovative and sustainable way to stay fashionable. Discover a unique way of recycling previously unwearable vintage/old clothing by visiting the world of reconstruction. Create sustainable fashion by splicing together collectible garments that have been stained, torn, or banished to the sale bin. Using 25 Ways as a guide, create a new wardrobe using what’s already in your closet!

SUS 020 MATERIALS AND ECO LABELS – INTERIOR DESIGN

1.2 CEU
This course will delve into sustainable materials and relevant eco labels for interiors. We will consider the impact of materials used on the environment, the designed spaces and the people who inhabit them. We will cover many examples of new eco-materials and look into all the factors that impact a material choice from sourcing, location, and processing through finishing and end of life disposal. Learn the part materials play in the LEED rating system for projects/buildings.

SUS 021 REHABS, RENOVATIONS AND NEW CONSTRUCTION – INTERIOR DESIGN
1.2 CEU
Sustainable interiors are integrally tied to a building’s characteristics. This course will explore goals and methods of green design for buildings, from rehabs and renovations to new construction. Students will learn the key tenets of ecodesign and how they impact considerations and decisions for interiors including material selection, finishes, indoor air quality, lighting and plumbing as well as LEED criteria.

SUS 032 SUSTAINABLE FASHION TECHNOLOGY
1.2 CEU
In this course you will explore how technology assists in reducing textile cycle times and applications to trim the waste in fashion from farm to retail. Sustainable sourcing and the technologies used in the Shima Seiki “whole garment” process through to retail sales strategies will be highlighted for knitwear, menswear, women's wear, accessories, and home products. Discussions will include the benefits of alternative sustainable fibers with a focus on opportunities in alpaca fleece. For online courses: Register at least three business days before the start date.
24 hours after you register you can go to fitnyc.edu/onlinelearning for information on accessing your course.

SUS 040 SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
1.2 CEU
This class traces the steps for sustainable product design taking into consideration cultural, social and environmental principles. The class explores the context and opportunity for sustainable product development while embarking on a design journey following the steps to design from sustainability as the primary value and goal. Students will understand what sustainable product development means, what are its principles and steps. For online sections only: Register at least three business days prior to start date.
24 hours after you register you can go to fitnyc.edu/onlinelearning for information on accessing your course.

SUS 041 Sustainable Product Development II
1.2 CEU
This class is a continuation of Sustainable Product Development I. Topics to be covered include: the prosperity chain, eco labels-- when and how to use them, the concepts of sharing profits and developing skills and sustainable branding and communication. For online courses: Register at least three business days before the start date.
24 hours after you register you can go to fitnyc.edu/onlinelearning for information on accessing your course.
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