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2013 Conference

People, Planet, Prosperity:a delicate balanceFIT SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS AND DESIGN CONFERENCE 2013

People, Planet, Prosperity: The Sustainable Balancing Act

April 9, 2013 in the John Reeves Great Hall


8:30 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 9:15 am Sustainability Council - Welcome
9:15 10:00 am Ethan Nichtern - Keynote Speaker
Change Your Mind To Change The World - Interdependence and Sustainability"
Ethan Nichtern Ethan Nichtern explains how understanding interdependence and practicing meditation can radically and practically transform ourselves and the world. By letting go of habits and assumptions, we begin to understand the interdependent reality of our situation, allowing us to create wise solutions to global problems such as consumerism, environmental damage, and societal inequity.

Nichtern is the founder of The Interdependence Project, a nonprofit organization offering Secular Buddhist psychology, philosophy, and meditation, as well as Transformational Activism. He is a Shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and is the author of the novel Your Emoticons Wont Save You and the acclaimed dharma book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence.

For the past 10 years, Nichtern has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops in New York City and throughout the United States. He primarily studies in the Shambhala tradition under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen Buddhism.
10:15 11:00 am Giacomo Oliva, Vice President of Academic Affairs, FIT
Welcome and Remarks - Introduction of Presidents Panel:
"FIT Forever Green: Past, present and future sustainable initiatives across campus
11:15 am Noon Mark Coleman Keynote Speaker
The Sustainability Generation: The Politics of Change and Why Personal Accountability is Essential NOW!"
Mark Coleman Throughout his career Mark Coleman has developed a strong focus on the critical areas of energy, environment, and sustainability. Coleman's career has spanned strategic and leadership positions in government, applied research, industrial, and management consulting organizations. This rich and diverse experience has enabled Coleman to have access to, engage, and work with a broad range of regional, national, and international leaders at every stage of his career, and in the writing of his first book, The Sustainability Generation: The Politics of Change and Why Personal Accountability is Essential NOW! published in October 2012.

Early in his career, Coleman worked as an energy analyst with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Since 2004 he has been supporting the growth and development of several well respected organizations within Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), including the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS), the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), the Clean Energy Incubator (CEI), and the Venture Creations Incubator (VCI). During this time he has helped these organizations secure more than $20 million in funding awards toward their development and focus on strategic research, technology, innovation, and sustainability initiatives. In addition to his work at the university, he serves on the board of B9 Plastics, a not-for-profit organization involving global water development concerns.

Coleman is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from the Lally School of Management and Technology. He received a Bachelor of Art in Geography and Environmental Studies from Binghamton University.
Noon 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 2:00 pm DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) Keynote Speaker
The Book of Ice
Paul D. Miller Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky: That Subliminal Kid, is a writer, performer, and conceptual artist. He is currently in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where over the course of ten months he will present five new performance works and a series of lectures and programs themed in reaction to material in the Mets collection. He is the first artist to be appointed to this position in the Mets 140-plus year history.

Known for his thought provoking multimedia performances that incorporate film, recorded sound, and live music, Miller engages audiences on topics from climate change to the global economy, digital media, and the intersection of art, technology, and society. He has performed his multimedia pieces at prestigious venues in every continent around the world, from The Tate Modern Gallery in London and The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, to Lincoln Center and BAM in New York, The Herod Atticus Amphitheater in Athens, the Sydney, Melbourne, and New Zealand International Arts Festivals, and the main stage of the Bonnaroo Festival to the National Mall in Washington, DC.

For The Book of Ice, Miller takes a look at how the role of the "archive" of Antarctic history - in photography, graphic design, and contemporary composition - has shaped some of the ways we think about contemporary digital media aesthetics. In conjunction with a live music concert based on his graphic design scores, Miller will present material from his recent Book of Ice project through the prism of an intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, moving image, and digital media installation. From the molecular structure of ice to the composition of atmospheric pollutants as they color the night skies, the material for Miller's compositions, performed live with a string ensemble, will explore the linkages between the physical realm of beautiful remote places like the ice fields of Antarctica, and the ethereal realms of digital media portraits of a rapidly changing world

Inspired as much by the first compositions for turntables written by John Cage's 1939 "Imaginary Landscape" and Luigi Russolo's 1915 "Arte de Rumori" as by Debussy and Ravel's string quartet works, Miller references turntablism and contemporary composition through the realm of sampling to create new works that reflect the radical climate changes facing us all in the beginnings of the 21st century.

2:15 3:00 pm

Mark Orlowski

Mark Orlowski Keynote Speaker
Transforming Sustainability from Expense to Innovative Investment

Mark Orlowski is founder and executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a Cambridge-based special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Mark leads the Institute's research and outreach efforts on college sustainability initiatives including the College Sustainability Report Card and the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. Orlowski has worked with students, administrators, and board members at more than 100 colleges and other nonprofit institutions. He has spoken at dozens of conferences as well as at the United Nations and at more than 80 colleges in over 30 states.

Along with widespread coverage by campus newspapers, numerous reports on the Institute's work have appeared in the national and business press. Media coverage includes articles in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, CNN Money, Forbes, Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times, and USA Today. Mark has also been profiled in BusinessWeek and the Chronicle of Philanthropy as a social entrepreneur.

A graduate of Williams College, Orlowski chaired the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee and served on Williams' Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility. He also attended Berkshire Community College and earned a master's degree in management at Harvard University.
3:15 4:00 pm Industry Panel: Amy Hall/Eileen Fisher; Meme Snell/prAna; ; Interface Shireen Musa, moderator
Meme Snell Meme Snell, Women's Product Development Manager at prAna

Snell leads the development of prAnas Women's apparel with an amazing team of hard-working, motivated individuals. She has worked in the apparel industry for 13 years, with companies such as Reef, Ashworth Golf, and New Balance, fulfilling positions within Product Development, Design, and Marketing. During her career Snell has experienced both conventional and sustainable methods of sourcing apparel through to production. Along the way, she has become inspired to take responsibility for choices made today and calculate future impacts. Snell feels fortunate to work in the Outdoor Industry where many brands collaborate on best practices and have sincere interests to maintain sustainable business models.

Currently at prAna, Snell leads the team through implementation of a sustainable materials policy, the environmental health and safety program through bluesign(r) and integrating sustainability into the operations of the company. Snell has a certificate in Fashion Design from the Fashion Careers College in San Diego and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University.
Amy Hall Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness, member of the Leadership Forum for EILEEN FISHER

Hall supports the company's efforts to practice business as a movement. In her role, Hall guides the company's human rights work in its supply chain, supports women and girls through strategic partnerships, ensures a growing commitment to environmental sustainability in product and practice, and helps to foster a climate where living the mission ranks equally to job performance.

Hall recently received a sustainable MBA from Green Mountain College. She serves on the advisory board of Social Accountability International and the boards of the American Sustainable Business Council and the Greyston Foundation.
Shireen Musa Shireen Musa, Assistant Professor, International Trade and Marketing Department, FIT

Musa teaches International Corporate Responsibility, Global Sourcing and Import/Export Regulations. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a concentration in International Trade from FIT; MBA in International Business from Saint Peters College; and her Customhouse Brokers License from the U.S. Government. She has multi-industrial corporate experience functioning as an International Trade Manager.

Musa enjoys educating and mentoring students. She serves on FIT's Sustainability Council and is active in planning FIT's annual Sustainability Conference. She is also active in developing new courses for FIT and presents at sustainability conferences.
4:00 4:15 pm Closing Remarks /Announcement of Concurrent Break-out Sessions

Great Hall Room 1

Joseph Arcoleo, Director, Environmental Health and Safety, FIT
FIT's Goodman Green Roof, Birds, Associated Environmental Effects.

Information session about the green roof including migratory birds, water conservation, and use as a lab to support science and technology.


Great Hall Room 2

Ulrich Lehmann - Research Professor/Course Leader, MA Fashion, University for the Creative Arts at Rochester
Reworking: Breaking Fashion Cycles

Post-graduates collaborated with a London-based supplier of surplus work and army clothing and reworked and customized a collection of garments designed for major high-street retailers.


Seminar Room 4

Grazyna Pilatowicz - Assist. Prof., Chair, Sustainable Interior Environments, FIT School of Graduate Studies

Upcycling - All Good? Designers: Beware of Psychological, Behavioral, and Health Concerns


Seminar Room 7

Naomi Gross, Associate Professor, Assistant Chairperson, Fashion Merchandising Management

Courtney Brea and Meaghan Delowery, Fashion Merchandising Management, Class of 2013

The Permeable Classroom: Bringing Authenticity to the Curriculum


Marvin Feldman Center - C301

Eileen Karp - Assistant Professor, Fashion Design,
International Coordinator, Fashion Programs

DIY Workshop/Repurposing Your Sweaters into New Designs: Making New from Old