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Sustainability Awareness Week

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  October 2 - 5, 2017    FITNYC.EDU/SAW  •  #FITsustainability

 

Monday,
October 2
Event Location
2 - 3pm Green Roof Tours
Tour the FIT Green Roofs and learn about their history and how they positively impact our environment. Hosted by Professors Grazyna Pilatowicz (Interior Design) and Evelyn Rynkiewicz (Science & Math).
Meet in the Goodman Center lobby
     
Tuesday,
October 3

 

 
1 - 2pm 

Sustainability Grants Think Tank
Learn about how to apply for a $5,000 Sustainability Grant, given by FIT’s Sustainability Council in support of projects related to social, environmental, and/or economic areas of sustainability at this workshop. Topics discussed include prior grant topics, eligibility and guidelines, grant objectives and criteria, the submission process, and brainstorming or feedback on grant ideas. 

  • Open to all FIT community members
Pomerantz Center, Room D-320
1 - 2pm  I'd Rather Dye with Flowers (Natural Dye Demo)
Bring your own light colored natural textile (silk, wool, cotton) to learn the unique, free form technique of bundle dyeing using fresh dyestuffs from FIT’s Natural Dye Garden. Student leaders from “Full Cycle Fashion” and Professor Ajoy Sarkar of Textile Development and Marketing will host.
Dubinsky Center, Room A-683 (TDM Dye Lab)
     
Wednesday,
October 4
   
 All Day Green Market
Join us outside for fresh fruits and vegetables, a Freecycle station where you can exchange items, and learn about joining FIT Hives, and get info from GrowNYC on recycling and composting in NYC.
  • Farmer’s Market: 8am - 6pm
  • Freecycle: 12:15pm - 3pm
  • GrowNYC: 11:00am - 3pm
Breezeway
 12:30 - 2pm

Sustainability Curriculum Roundtable for Faculty
Please join Professors Lucy Collins and Daniel Benkendorf of Social Sciences and the Sustainability Council as they facilitate conversation with fellow faculty members and brainstorm about how to engage students in conversations about sustainability in the classroom. We hope this initial conversation will be a springboard for more events that will help both full-time and part-time instructors think about how best to incorporate sustainability into each and every course across the college. In partnership with the CET. Lunch will be provided; please RSVP to celia_baez@fitnyc.edu by 10/1 to attend.

  • Faculty only event
 TBD
     
Thursday,
October 5
   
1 - 2pm

Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps
Professor Theanne Schiros of Science and Math will teach you the ancient practice of combining beeswax and cotton to create a sustainable, reusable food storage option that can replace plastic cling wrap.

Feldman Center, Room C-804
 5 - 6pm

Sustainability Grants Think Tank
Learn about how to apply for a $5,000 Sustainability Grant, given by FIT’s Sustainability Council in support of projects related to social, environmental, and/or economic areas of sustainability at this workshop. Topics discussed include prior grant topics, eligibility and guidelines, grant objectives and criteria, the submission process, and brainstorming or feedback on grant ideas.

  • Open to all FIT community members
Pomerantz Center, Room D-320
6 - 7pm Urban Buzz: Bees and Beekeeping in NYC
'The Honeybee Conservancy and FIT Hives' — An exploration of the diverse types of bees in NYC, the complex relationship between pollinators and people, and a discussion of why urban beekeeping benefits NYC and how we can protect bees in a time of abrupt environmental change. This talk will be accompanied by a guided tasting flight of honey from NYC and around the world. Interested students can stay after the presentation to learn about getting involved in leadership for FIT Hives.

Speakers:

Nicole Toutounji
Senior Advisor, The Honeybee Conservancy
Nicole is the head beekeeper at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and a founding member of BeeVillage in Battery Park. Originally from Egypt, Nicole Toutounji was previously a photographer and photo editor at UNICEF’s headquarters in New York.

Carolina Zuniga-Aisa
Co-founder, Island Bee Project
Carolina is a NYC native and a 2005 alumni of FIT with a BFA in Fashion Design. She co-founded Island Bee Project and currently keeps hives at Earth Matter Farm on Governors Island and the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn. She currently freelances and loves to educate and share her love of bees.

Guillermo Fernandez
Director, The Honeybee Conservancy
A Master Beekeeper candidate, Guillermo is the head beekeeper at FIT. He is also a founding member of BeeVillage in Battery Park and founded The Honeybee Conservancy in 2009. He is currently a Marketing Director at Charter Communications.

About The Honeybee Conservancy
The Honeybee Conservancy is a charity that empowers communities with the education, tools, supplies, and live bees needed to support sustainable agriculture in their community. They have awarded 75 bee homes to gardens across 20 states with a reach of over 85,075 people.
Feldman Center, Room C-205


     Questions? Contact the FIT Sustainability Council at sustainability@fitnyc.edu.

   

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