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Sustainability Awareness Week

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October 4–8, 2021 • fitnyc.edu/saw • #FITsustainability 

Join us online for 2021 Sustainability Awareness Week!  Below you will find the schedule of events.

Some events are for FIT students and community only. To access this events, you will need to enter your FIT credentials: (firstname_lastname) and your FIT password.

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Monday, October 4; 12-3 pm

Followed by Land Acknowledgment:

Land Acknowledgment: Karisma Hishikawa, Student, Fashion Design BFA, FIT

Followed by Student Government Association Welcome

Student Government Association Welcome: Caroline Levine, Secretary of Sustainability, FIT

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Individual video will be available on-demand after it airs. 

Panelists: FIT Students, Caroline Levine, Noah Tager, Allison Ko, Virginia Topete

Description: Students from FIT’s Sustainability Council will be discussing their internship experience at companies including Fabscrap, Under Armour, and the Vintage Twin. In addition, they will be sharing tips on how to incorporate sustainable initiatives into internships that don’t necessarily have them built in. For students who are looking to be more engaged with sustainability on campus, they will also be sharing additional resources and leadership opportunities to begin building your sustainability experience.

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Panelists: Joanna Hall, US Coalition on Sustainability

Description: Join us as Joanna Hall, executive director of the US Coalition on Sustainability shares her vision and mission for SustainChain™; the world's first public utility platform to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals. Hear first hand what it's like to be tapped by the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations for such an ambitious mission. We'll explore how FIT can leverage the platform to advance our own Sustainability efforts and connect it to the SDG's and the broader SDG ecosystem in the process.  Join Public Event

 

Tuesday, October 5; 1-5 pm

Panelists: Ebru Debbag, Soorty Enterprises

Description: In today`s world it is a necessity to understand how the nature, humans and business systems interconnect to construct a resilient, joyous future where economics and social and environmental challenges transform to solutions so that we can co-exist in a diverse and abundant future. 

The Climate Crisis in my Wardrobe program aims to give a bird`s eye view of fashion integrated into our lives and underlining the problems so that we can see that is where also the solutions reside. 

Soorty denim and garment manufacturing presents a best practice example in taking the right steps forward to build a co-existing community.  FIT-only - Join Session

Panelists: Five current FIT students and recent graduates will join Daniel Benkendorf and climate anxiety scholar, Dr. Susan Clayton

Description: In this session, Daniel Benkendorf (Associate Professor of Psychology) will discuss the issue of climate anxiety with Dr. Susan Clayton, a psychologist who is both an internationally-recognized scholar on this topic and who is also a lead author on the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. A panel of current FIT students and recent graduates will join Benkendorf and Clayton as they define and explore the features and peculiarities of climate anxiety and consider ways to ameliorate it.  Public Event - Join Session

Presenter: Suzanne McGillicuddy, FIT 

Description: Calling all student innovators interested in social impact: turn your ideas into action with FIT's Think Big Challenge and participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Make a commitment to address global challenges in Education, Environment/Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, or Public Health, and you might be selected to join a global community of changemakers and qualify for seed funding for your project. 

This session will give an overview of CGI U and go over FIT's internal selection process. Come learn how you can join the program that helped launch Spotlight FIT (a.k.a. POCreatives), Waste x Change, FIT Hives, the Natural Dye Garden, and others. We’ll share info on applications, funding, and more.  FIT-only - Join Session

 

Wednesday, October 6; 12-7 pm

Presenter: Joe Massa, FIT 

Description: 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. 

The live portion will run from 12-2 pm on Wednesday and will feature a live demonstration of taking a paper form into an electronic workflow.  There will be Q&A opportunities throughout the presentation. 

It is strongly recommended that you watch the recorded presentation prior to the live event.  FIT-only - Join Session

Panelists: Karen Pearson, FIT and Jehovani Lopez, Genspace

Description: Have you ever wondered what you could design with nature as your collaborator? Biodesign
has opened up new possibilities in everything from bioplastics to microbial pigments to
mushroom based consumer goods.
See how biology can pave the way to a more sustainable
future with the FIT Genspace Scholars program.

In this session, you will hear from Jehovani Lopez about how FIT scholars can use Genspace’s
biology lab, equipment, and subject matter experts to innovate at the intersection of
sustainability, design, and biotechnology. Previous projects include using food waste to develop
new biomaterial growth processes, developing bioplastics as petroleum-based alternative
materials, and bioengineering performance fibers with structural color. Genspace will support
your work from project development to experiment design to data analysis and presentation.
Also, earn FIT internship credits and get hands-on biology training to incorporate into your
practice. Stay afterwards for a brief Q&A with the FIT Genspace Scholars Program Manager,
Jehovani Lopez.

About Genspace:
Genspace is the world’s first community biology lab — a place where people of all backgrounds
and identities can learn, create, and grow with the life sciences. Since 2009, we have served the
greater New York area by providing hands-on STEAM education programs for youth and adults,
cultural and outreach events for the public, and a membership program to support New York’s
community of creatives, researchers, and entrepreneurs. What will you make with us? FIT-only Event  - Join Session

Panelists: Author, Eric Dean Wilson; Moderated by Amy Lemmon, FIT

Description: Timely in a way that may challenge more than comfort, Eric Dean Wilson’s compelling first book looks at the costs of keeping ourselves cool, and the heating that alone engenders in After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort (Simon & Schuster). He appears in conversation with Amy Lemmon, Professor and Chairperson of English and Communication Studies, and select FIT students and recent alumni.

After Cooling is a deeply discomforting book – and that's the point. Eric Dean Wilson's message, which could not be more timely, is that we need to rethink how we live and what we want.”— Elizabeth Kolbert.

“Meticulously researched and engagingly written, After Cooling is essential reading for the planetary crisis.”— Amitav Ghosh

The speakers will be participating in a live chat during the premier of this prerecorded presentation.

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Thursday, October 7; 1-4 pm

Presenter: Suzanne McGillicuddy, FIT

Description: Calling all student innovators interested in social impact: turn your ideas into action with FIT's Think Big Challenge and participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Make a commitment to address global challenges in Education, Environment/Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, or Public Health, and you might be selected to join a global community of changemakers and qualify for seed funding for your project. 

This session will give an overview of CGI U and go over FIT's internal selection process. Come learn how you can join the program that helped launch Spotlight FIT (a.k.a. POCreatives), Waste x Change, FIT Hives, the Natural Dye Garden, and others. We’ll share info on applications, funding, and more.  FIT-only - Join Session

Presenter: Halima Garrett, Threads of Habit 

Description: In this workshop, master-thrifter and designer, Halima Garrett, will describe the importance and craft of upcycling. She will give advice for identifying materials that can be upcycled and take the audience through a short upcycling tutorial to show how it is done in a way that minimizes waste and maximizes utility and style. Ms. Garrett is the founder of Threads of Habit, a New Jersey-based outlet offering bold, eccentric, and unique vintage pieces.

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Panelists: Daniel Benkendorf, Kelly Burton, Ann Cantrell, Lisa Donofrio, & Evelyn Rynkiewicz, FIT 

Description: In this panel, faculty representing diverse areas of content will discuss their experiences creating sustainability-focused curricula and introducing themes of environmental responsibility, circularity, and waste-reduction into their courses. Panelists will provide advice and tips for peers who may wish to create new sustainability-themed courses or update existing courses to include examples, projects, or assignments that touch upon sustainable practices and values.  Public Event - Join Session

Panelists: Liz Breuer, interviewed by Daniel Benkendorf, FIT 

Description: In this spotlight, Daniel Benkendorf (Associate Professor of Psychology) interviews recent FIT alumna Liz Breuer, who is the co-founder of New Normal Bureau, a New York City based marketing agency dedicated to helping brands communicate transparently with consumers in ways that promote pro-environmental behaviors. Ms. Breuer will share how her FIT education prepared her for this high-impact work and she will offer descriptions of the kinds of real-world campaigns and messaging that she works on everyday.

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Friday, October 8; 1-4:30 pm

Description: MCX Guests, Scott Fullbright (CEO and Co-Founder of Living Ink) and Mark Sunderland (Chief Innovation Officer at Hemp Black) who are spearheading carbon negative algae and hemp-based material technologies, using clean, recycled, or waste inputs; unlocking new opportunities in high performance applications for the fashion, cosmetics, and packaging sectors; and heading for a decarbonized economy.  FIT-Only -- Join Session 

Panelists: FIT Students/Alum, Stony Brook University Students and Faculty and STEAM/Collaborations

Description: Join FIT and Stony Brook University students, faculty and alumni who participated on the development PPE for Diverse Bodies: FIT for Diverse Populations project-designed, developed and produced a zero-waste, adaptable face mask prototypes that will appeal to diverse body types. Using a STEAM (STEM+Art) approach, a multi-disciplinary team of faculty and students selected the face mask sustainable material, designed a new mask with adaptable features, and created a prototype. Comfort, visibility, and safety factors are at the forefront of the mask design that can be adaptable for diverse body types. The adaptability in design ensures this innovative product addresses the needs to have a safer, environmentally friendly PPE face mask available during the current pandemic and beyond.  *original funding for this project was received by both FIT and SBU as part of SUNY prepare initiative for the development and production of PPE* 

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Panelists: FIT’s Sustainability Ambassador, Amber Valletta;  Evelyn Rynkiewicz, Biodesign Lead; Participants of the Biodesign Challenge: Flora Fur, Mushloom, AlgiKnit, and EcoLastane

Description: Biodesign Challengeis an educational program and competition that is shaping the first generation of biodesigners. FIT has partnered with the Biodesign Challenge to envision, create, and critique transformational applications in biotech. FIT students have won the Biodesign Challenge and have started their own businesses using their sustainable designs to solve environmental industry challenges. 

FIT’s Sustainability Ambassador, Amber Valletta, will sit down with previous FIT Biodesign winners to discuss the significance of biotechnology in fashion design, how brands can incorporate these sustainable materials into their products and the overall impact it will make on the future of fashion and the environment. 

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Presenter: Evelyn Rynkiewicz,FIT; Sabina Storti, FIT 

Description: Learn 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. A short presentation begins at 2 pm; however, feel free to drop-in any time, there will be time for Q&A and discussion of project ideas. FIT-only - Join Session

Presenter: Karen Pearon, Professor and Chair, FIT Department of Science and Mathematics; Chair, FIT Sustainbilty Council. 

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