The Conference was great! Fantastic speakers, good pace, good attendance, all worked out! Kudos to all who worked soooo hard to make it happen, but most of all to Sandy Krasovec and Nomi Kleinman – here is my favorite photograph!
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.)
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”
Maybe New York will be next? I guess this is up to us…
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!
Date set for FIT’s 6th Annual Sustainability Conference
On Tuesday, March 27th, 2012, FIT will host its 6th Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference “Winds of Change: Making Our Mark on Sustainability”. Please view the attached website for additional details www.fitnyc.edu/sustainability