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Sustainability Awareness Week

sustainability awareness week 2019, october 14 thru 18

October 1418, 2019 fitnyc.edu/saw #FITsustainability 

Monday, October 14 Event Location
10 am–4 pm

Patagonia Worn Wear Tour at FIT kicks off Sustainability Awareness Week
Patagonia’s Worn Wear Tour is visiting seven design schools to spread the word about repair and reducing apparel waste. At FIT they’ll not only do repairs but will be hosting some panels as part of Sustainability Awareness Week. See below for more info.

Patagonia Worn Wear Tour
Have a favorite garment that’s ripped, torn, or just plain wearing? Bring it to the Breezeway for the Worn Wear team to fix it up! Join us Monday, 10/14 10am–4pm or Tuesday, 10/15 10am–noon. Repairs are done on a first come, first served basis, and they'll fix any brand, not just Patagonia

Breezeway
11 am2 pm Aware Fair 

While you’re waiting for your garment repair, join us at the Aware Fair:

Embroidering for Change
Bring your lightly stained clothing and uplift it with a small embroidery “patch” using upcycled yarn from the Textile/Surface Design Weaving Studio. If you never spill on your clothes, come by and embroider a pin for your backpack. 

Student sustainability projects: Stop by their tables and find out how you can get involved:

Community Organizations:

  • FABSCRAP: Learn about this innovative non-profit that resells unused textiles, and find out about volunteer opportunities
  • NYC Fair Trade Coalition: Get connected to a sustainable fashion community

Breezeway

 

 

 6–7 pm

Pollinator Panel
Meet with FIT Hives and members of The Honeybee Conservancy to discuss the importance of pollinators and what we can all do to help preserve our planet and its biodiversity. Learn about volunteer opportunities all over New York—and how you can have your own hive! 

Panelists:

  • Sydney Bigelow, FIT SGA secretary of sustainability and FIT hives beekeeper
  • Guillermo Fernandez, founder and exectuive director, The Honeybee Conservancy
  • Sarah Langenbach, FIT hives 
  • Alixandra Prybyla, science director, The Honeybee Conservancy
  • Michael Sparrow, FIT hives beekeeper
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center
Tuesday, October 15

 

 
10 am–Noon 

Patagonia Worn Wear Tour
Have a favorite garment that’s ripped, torn, or just plain wearing? Bring it to the Breezeway for the Worn Wear team to fix it up! Repairs are done on a first come, first served basis, and they'll fix any brand, not just Patagonia.

Breezeway
12:30 pm 

Local Heroes in Sustainability 
Vincent Stanley, director of Patagonia Philosophy and co-author of The Responsible Company, will moderate a panel of local leaders in sustainable fashion and fair trade who will share their insights about trends, recommendations for becoming responsible consumers and professionals, and advice for students as they enter the job market.

Moderator: Vincent Stanley, director of Patagonia Philosophy

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth Cline, author of The Conscious Closet
  • Andrea Reyes, chair of NYC Fair Trade Coalition
  • Jessica Schreiber, executive director of FABSCRAP, which recycles and reuses textiles
  • Angelique Terrelonge, lead instructor of Custom Collaborative, a nonprofit workforce development program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center
23 pm

Sustainability Grants Workshop
Learn about how to apply for a $5,000 Sustainability Grant, administered 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 successful grants, eligibility and guidelines, grant objectives and criteria, and the submission process. This program will be formatted like a walk-in clinic for brainstorming or feedback on grant ideas, so please stop by for as long as you can attend to brainstorm about your ideas.

Seminar Room 7, Conference Center
45 pm

Should We Ban Unsold Fashion Waste?
Burberry was caught destroying millions of dollars of unsold merchandise in 2018, revealing a pervasive and hidden industry practice to an outraged public. What’s the solution to fashion’s waste crisis? In France, the answer has been to ban the destruction of unsold apparel goods. Should the US follow? A panel of policy and textile waste experts debate the pros and cons of enacting a ban on the destruction of unsold apparel goods. 

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth L. Cline, author of The Conscious Closet
  • Ariele Elia, industry/project coordinator for the MFA Fashion Design program at FIT
  • Lauren Fay, founder, The New Fashion Initiative (TNFI)
  • Hilary Jochmans, president of Jochmans Consulting, LLC
  • Jessica Schreiber, executive director ofFABSCRAP
  • Sara Ziff, founding director of the Model Alliance
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center
 67:30 pm

Rethink, Remodel, and Remember: A New Fashion Philosophy 
This panel will explore how the fashion and textile industries must reinvent themselves and innovate for the future to reduce their impact on the climate. Conversations need to be across disciplines including art, science, and business. This new fashion philosophy considers social and environmental impacts and strives to find new ways of doing things while also taking inspiration from the past.

Moderator: 
Tabitha St. Bernard Jacobs, zero waste designer, and director of community engagement,
Women’s March 

Panelists:

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center
Wednesday, October 16    
 Noon1:30 pm

The Paperless Office
While a true paperless office might never be possible, using a few tools that are available to all FIT employees, it is possible to greatly reduce our paper consumption while also increasing efficiency and productivity. Join Joe Massa, Department Coordinator for Communication Design Pathways, and learn some simple and efficient ways to reduce the amount of paper we consume. 

Presenter: 

  • Joe Massa, department coordinator, Communication Design Pathways 
Seminar Room 9, Conference Center
12 pm

Solutions for the Circular Economy: Resale/Reuse
The resale market is quickly outpacing the retail market, taking a bite out of fast fashion in particular. Panelists will come from new businesses that are reconfiguring what our closets will look like in the future: the founders of innovative companies Wardrobe (a peer-to-peer clothing rental app backed by the founders of Airbnb, Vine, and Coinbase) and Rohvi (an ecommerce platform turning fashion resale into something retailers embrace). Join us for this important conversation about how fashion can be part of a circular economy.

Panelists:

  • Adarsh Alphons, founder and ceo, Wardrobe 
  • Sara Whiffen, founder and ceo, Rohvi 
Dubinsky  Center, 8th Floor Alcove
1–2 pm

Field Biology Student Presentations
FIT Field Biology students will present group interactive table presentations to teach the FIT community about the natural world in New York city and sustainability. 

Breezeway
4–5 pm

Greenpeace Climate Change Discussion 

Dubinsky Center, Room A-803
Thursday, October 17    
All Day

Greenmarket 
Join us outside for fresh fruits and vegetables, interactive activities led by students and learn about sustainable projects at FIT, and more. 

Farmer’s Market:
Fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, 8 am–6 pm

Featuring:
The Sustainable Fashion Pop-Up Shop Promotion, 9 am–4 pm

Bring your no longer needed fashion items to the Sustainable Pop-up P/R table and earn e-value to shop new & recycled items at the November pop-up event. The Sustainable Fashion Pop-Up Shop at FIT is a college-wide student-run experiential learning project under the president's sustainability grant. The purpose of the project is to educate consumers about the value of sustainable fashion practices in all aspects of the industry.

Greenpeace, 10 am–3 pm
Connect with Greenpeace, the world’s largest independent environmental nonprofit! Gather to create a supportive dialogue about our climate crisis. Learn about their current campaign, what you can do to help, and about volunteer and job opportunities in New York City!

Hybrid Student Shuttle Van Demo, 10 am- 2 pm 
FIT fleet management team of operational services will answer questions and demonstrate the van. Facilities and UG2 will promote their sustainable custodial and building services practices.

Style Shop x SAW, 11 am-5 pm
Join the Style Shop on the Breezeway to shop vintage styles & more as they show their takes on the Circular Economy. Support your very own student run business right here on campus! 

Ethics and Sustainability Minor Informational Session, Noon–2 pm 
An Information table about the Ethics and Sustainability minor at FIT.

Field Biology Student Presentations and FIT Green Roof Tour, 1-2pm
FIT Field Biology students will present group interactive table presentations to teach the FIT community about the natural world in New York city and sustainability. Tables will be set up in the Breezeway and will include a tour of the FIT Green Roof led by a student group.

Breezeway
11 amNoon

Fashion as a Vehicle for Change: Building Models for Inclusive Sustainable Development
Educating women and girls is crucial in the fight to eradicate poverty and reverse climate change. Mariama Camara will share her work in sustainable fashion and entrepreneurship for African artisans, particularly her collaboration with FIT Professor Theanne Schiros in natural dye trainings using native plants and food waste. The partners share a goal to remove synthetic dyes from the African market and connect African artisans with global brands. The botanical library of local color so far created in Guinea and the Ivory Coast is a starting point for a future of sustainable development through textile arts that can be replicated across the continent and around the world. The project has created a framework for transparency, ethics and sustainability in the supply chain – and highlights how education and partnerships can transform lives. The talk will be followed by a natural dye ecoprinting workshop using flowers from the FIT natural dye garden, and food scraps, including onion skins and carrot tops.

Presenter:

  • Mariama Camara, founder and creative director, MARIAMA CAMARA, a New York City based sustainable fashion brand

This session is funded by the NEA Foundation

Dubinsky  Center 8th Floor Alcove
12:302 pm

Vegan Fashion and Sustainability
The Vegan Fashion and Sustainability panel, hosted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), will feature industry leaders working in various areas of sustainable fashion and will inform the next generation of designers about innovative vegan designs. Panelists will discuss recent trends in the fashion industry and the growing interest in animal-free materials, vegan textile advancements, how to market sustainable fabrics to conscious consumers, and how to get started in the ethical fashion world. Students are encouraged to meet with the panelists after the event.

Panelist: 

Dubinsky  Center 8th Floor Alcove
Noon–2 pm

Natural Dye Workshop
Ecoprinting with plants and food waste 

Presenter:

  • Dr. Theanne Schiros, assistant professor, Department of Math and Science 
Feldman Center, Room C-804
 4–5 pm

Ponto Footwear: A Journey from Tech to Sustainable Apparel
Aaron Roubitchek, a tech entrepreneur who founded Ponto Footwear, will share his journey of “bootstrapping” a sustainable startup in 2019 with no prior experience in fashion and footwear.

Seminar Room 9, Conference Center
 6–7 pm

Shine and Sustainability: The Modern Diamond Journey from Miner to Designer
Join editor and jewelry expert Jill Newman, Brazilian fine-jewelry designer Silvia Furmanovich and Jean-Marc Lieberherr, CEO of the Diamond Producers Association, and learn about their unexpected connections as it relates to sustainability, diamond mining and jewelry design.

Panelist: 

 Haft Theater
Friday, October 18    
 12 pm

Sustainability Grants Workshop
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. This program will be formatted like a walk-in clinic, so please stop by for as long as you can attend to brainstorm about your ideas.

Seminar Room 7, Conference Center

Questions? Contact the FIT Sustainability Council at [email protected].    

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