Sixth Annual FIT Sustainable Business & Design Conference

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FIT’s 6th Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference

Tuesday, March 27, 2012       8:30 am – 5:30 pm

The John Reeves Great Hall           Seminar Rooms/Great Hall Stations

“Winds of Change: Making Our Mark on Sustainability”

The theme encompass the idea of action, change and movement – what’s happening now with best practices in business and beyond, and “the what could be” of the future (air pollution, energy issues, etc.)
Program

8:15 – 9:00am             Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15am            Welcome – Sustainability Council: Conference program/schedule

9:15 -10:15am             Colin Beavan  – No Impact Man- Keynote Speaker – kick-off conference – “No Imact Man” who went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.

10:30-11:15am            President’s Welcome and Remarks/President’s Panel: What’s Happening at FIT

11:30-12:30pm            Deborah Johnson – Pratt- Keynote Speaker Pratt Sustainable Dorm Room project

12:30 –1:00pm            Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00pm            Dr. Stephen Kellert – The Human Need for Nature, Biophilia, and Design – Keynote Speaker - Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on biophillia and biophillic design – understanding the connection between nature and humanity with a particular interest in environmental conservation and sustainable design and development.

2:15 –3:00pm             Lorraine Smith – sustainability consultant- Keynote Speaker – Focused on a life cycle approach to sustainability and supporting collaborative, learning-based initiatives.

3:15 – 4:15pm             Dr. Maureen Clemmons – Keynote Speaker – Moving the pyramids with wind power

4:30 – 5:30pm            Closing remarks and announcement of Concurrent Break-out Session

  • Laura Siegel- Laura’s brand is a high end woman’s wear collection with a commitment to sustainable practices.
  • Alix Davidson- NYC’s Regional Director of Green Festival® where individuals, business and community come together to discuss issues that impact us at home and abroad.
  • Sustainable Interior Environments Graduate Program Students- “You are what you breathe! How much do you know about sustainable materials?”
  • FIT Professor Karen Pearson and High School of Fashion faculty Dominic Cammarota -“Developing an Understanding of Sustainability by Example”

Thoughts at the end of a year…

In the current issue of Yes! magazine I found wonderful and wise words of Jason F. McLennan, architect devoted to sustainable development, chief executive of the Cascadia Green Building Council and of the International Living Future Institute: “Each building, each project creates a ripple effect around it. It changes the way people think. When there are enough of these examples, then a sudden and large-scale shift will be possible. We can’t control the timing of major shifts in civilization, but we can increase the likelihood that a shift will occur.”
I will enter 2012 with hope and perseverance.
Best wishes for Holidays and for New Year!