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Sustainability Awareness Week

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  October 1 - 5, 2018    FITNYC.EDU/SAW  •  #FITsustainability


October 1
Event Location
12pm Exhibition Tour: 'Fashion, Unraveled'

* RSVP required; program is open to FIT community members only (not open to public).
Tour the current Museum at FIT exhibition, Fashion Unraveled, to learn about garments that have been altered and/or repurposed to extend their wearable lives. Hosted by exhibition curator Colleen Hill. 

The Museum at FIT
6 - 7pm A History of Sustainable Fashion
“Upcycling” is not a new phenomenon. Join Museum at FIT curator Colleen Hill as she discusses the myriad of ways and reasons that clothing has been refashioned over history, highlighting garments from the eighteenth century to the present.
Feldman Center, Room C-205
October 2


11am - 12pm 

Green Roof Tour
Tour the FIT Green Roofs and learn about their history and how they positively impact our environment. Hosted by Professors Artie Kopelman (Science & Math) and Grazyna Pilatowicz (Interior Design).

Meet in the Pomerantz Lobby
Noon - 2pm  Utilizing Nature to Shape Design*
* RSVP required; please email [email protected].
An interactive workshop with Dr. Nalini Nadkarni that focuses on the the creation of fashion and art inspired and informed by nature. Lunch will be provided and reservations required. 

* Co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Robert Lagary Boardroom, 9th floor of Feldman

'The Last Pig' Documentary and Q & A with Filmmaker Allison Argo
Deeply immersive, the film is a contemplation on life, death and personal ethics as it follows a pig farmer grappling with his conscience. Through sparse, intimate musings, the farmer reveals the growing conflict of a life spent “peddling in death” — one he can no longer live with. The pace of the film is unhurried, allowing the viewer to experience and absorb life on the farm, the herds of pigs  so clearly intelligent and trusting, the steel and concrete slaughterhouse, and the ghosts. With bittersweet detail, against the stunning backdrop of upstate New York, The Last Pig is a documentary that offers an entirely new view of small-scale livestock farming, and raises crucial questions about the ethics of eating. 

Director/Producer Allison Argo is a six-time Emmy-winning filmmaker and noted animal advocate. Her films, all broadcast by PBS and National Geographic, have won over 80 awards internationally and have reached audiences worldwide, inspiring change.

Pomerantz Center, Room D-207
6:30 - 8:30pm

NYC Fair Trade Coalition Sustainable Fashion Panel 
What is the sustainable fashion movement? How do we grow it to a critical mass? What changes must be made within the fashion industry to combat deforestation, pesticide use, human trafficking, and overproduction? Learn from the experts changing the fashion industry, what they do, who they are, and how you can join the movement.

The panel will be moderated by the NYC Fair Trade Coalition and will feature representatives from:
Custom Collaborative
Fab Scrap
Far Farm

Open to the Public, entrance at 200 W. 28th Street

John E. Reeves Great Hall, Conference Center
October 3
 All Day Green Market

Join us outside for fresh fruits and vegetables, interactive activities led by students from Professor Evelyn Rynkiewicz’s Ecology & Environmental Problems course, visit with Charlotte the Pig, learn about sustainable projects at FIT, and more.

Farmer’s Market:

  • Fresh fruits & vegetables, 8am - 6pm


1 - 3pm

Strawless Campaign Pop-Up
FIT’s librarians are helping to raise awareness of the harmful effects of non-biodegradable plastic straws which are dumped into landfills and pollute our oceans. Stop by the Pop-Up to learn more and pick-up a stainless steel straw if you pledge to avoid plastic straws. While you are there, check out the Sustainability Timeline exhibit that is on display.

Gladys Marcus Library, 5th floor Lobby, Goodman Center

Fashion Supply Chain Workshop 
James Mendolia, Adjunct Assistant Professor, MFA Fashion Design will engage participants in an interactive workshop to examine the design development cycle from fiber through garment lifecycle to determine how emerging fashion professionals can play an integral role and activate change.

Seminar Room 9, Conference Center
5 - 6pm Sustainability Curriculum Roundtable for Faculty 
Join Professors Lucy Collins of Social Sciences, Ann Cantrell of Fashion Business Management, and Asta Skocir of Fashion Design, as they facilitate a discussion with fellow faculty members and brainstorm about how to engage students in conversation about sustainability in the classroom. We hope this 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.

* Co-sponsored by: Sustainability Council, Faculty Senate Committee on Sustainability, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET).
Seminar Room 9, Conference Center
October 4
1 - 2pm

A Conversation about Human Trafficking
The Campus Anti-Violence Education Group hosts a session on human trafficking, a human rights issue that impacts a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals including Goal No. 5  Gender Equality and Goal No. 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth. Panelists will provide an overview of what is happening with forced labor, sex trafficking, and related issues and how they intersect with the industries related to FIT majors. Thanks to the student leaders from FIT’s student organization, UNICEF, for their assistance with this program.


  • Lucy Collins, Assistant Professor of Ethics, FIT Department of Social Sciences, Sustainability Council member
  • Ruchira Gupta, Founder of  Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an Indian anti sex-trafficking NGO. She is currently a visiting professor at NYU where she is teaching a course on human trafficking
  • Elizabeth Pulos, Associate Manager for Social Compliance at Macy’s and FIT alum, International Trade & Marketing
  • Cynthia Soohoo, Co-Director,  Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY Law School
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center
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
6 - 7pm Green Roof Tour
Tour the FIT Green Roofs and learn about their history and how they positively impact our environment. Hosted by Professor Grazyna Pilatowicz (Interior Design).
Meet in Pomerantz Lobby

Smart Innovation, the New Standard for Fashion
Fashion Designers, Merchandisers, Sourcing Experts, Educators and Fashion Students of all majors, this is your invitation to see, feel and understand why brands are sourcing smart innovations. James Mendolia, Co-founder C.L.A.S.S. Education, will engage attendees’ senses as they realize smart innovation as the new standard for fashion. Smart innovation optimizes creativity through means of responsible sourcing alternatives that offer a new generation of values.

James discusses design responsibility, as well as the designer and merchandisers' new roles as he presents innovative smart materials certified with sustainable credentials. These innovations, in comparison to conventional materials offer significant reductions in water, CO2, chemicals and energy to empower like-minded fashion professionals and emerging talents to transform their design thinking process and move from a linear to a circular economy business model.  

Dubinsky Center, 8th floor
Friday, October 5    
 12 - 1:30pm 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. 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.
Dubinsky Center, Room A-802

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